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Homemade Goat Milk Soap Recipe For Beginners

There is a secret to making beautiful homemade goats milk soap that most soap makers won’t tell you.

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Having been a soap maker for quite a few years now, I have discovered this secret almost by accident and now make wonderfully luxurious cream colored goat’s milk soap.  Using this secret disclosed in the homemade goat milk soap recipe for beginners,  you will be making great soap for your family and friends too, with very little headache.

Most of these ingredients can be purchased at your local grocery or health food store, except for the lye (sodium hydroxide) that will need to come from an online source probably Amazon. You can get smaller quantities from them and it is shipped without hassle for a reasonable price.  It is hard to keep 50 pounds of lye around if you aren’t making soap in large quantities. 50 Pounds is the quantity sold most commonly by soap maker supply companies.

As far as utensils go; it really depends on how much soap you plan to make. This recipe will make about three pounds of soap – enough to cover the bottom of a Campbell’s soup box (you know the cardboard that holds a case of soup). If you cut it in half then you could make 8 bars in soap molds.

I like to use an enamel pot that has high sides. I melt the solid oils together first over low, then add the olive oil so cool the oils down to 100degrees. And then when I mix the lye solution in I’m less likely to splash the mixture on myself. (Vinegar is the neutralizing agent for lye – keep it out and handy if you get some lye or lye mixture on you, douse with vinegar and it will stop the burning).

Though you may be tempted to make this without safety glasses, refrain. Wear those glasses! And gloves.  Wear gloves.

Okay, enough on the safety warnings. I’m sure you have your own mother to mutter these little warnings to  you so you don’t need me.

I have a plastic pitcher, a wooden spoon and a separate little glass container that I use for all things lye related. You can get  all of the supplies you need to make soap here

Here is the list:

  • 1 enamel or stainless steel pot (it doesn’t have to be real big)
  • 1 plastic pitcher
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 stick blender (doesn’t really need to be dedicated to making soap, but be sure to wash it well)
  • 1 kitchen scale (the balance scales work okay for this recipe,  you will need a serious scale for most soap recipes though)
  • 2 glass thermometers
  • safety glasses
  • plastic gloves
  • vinegar on hand
  • a big plastic or glass bowl to set your lye mixture pitcher in.

That is it!

This is the homemade goat milk soap recipe for beginners:

  • 18 oz slushy goat’s milk – This can be from the grocery store, from a friend, from your goat, or powered that has been reconstituted. It also needs to be partially frozen for best results.
  • 6 oz water
  • 6 oz lye (sodium hydroxide)
  • 10 oz coconut oil
  • 24 oz of shortening or lard
  • 9 oz olive oil

That is it!

Here is the secret to getting cream colored goat’s milk soap, not the orange/brown stuff that most beginners end up with. The reason goat’s milk soap turns brown is because the lye causes the milk solids to burn. The way around that problem is to mix the lye with water first, then mix the lye into the oils and then add the milk.

Another important point is that  you want  your lye solution and your oil to be about the same temperature and that temperature needs to be 100 degrees. It does make a difference.

I like to mix my lye solution over an ice bath. So I put the pitcher in a big bowl full of ice, mix the lye into the water s l o w l  y   so it doesn’t explode and then drop ice cubes down into the solution to get it to cool down quicker. I’m so not the patient type.

Here are the steps to the Homemade Goat Milk Soap Recipe for Beginners:

  • Heat the coconut oil and shortening/lard until it melts in the big pot. Take it off the heat and add olive oil.  Set aside to cool.
  • Put on your safety glasses and gloves
  • Put the pitcher in the ice bath add the water and then the lye to the water.
  • Once both are the same temperature, 100 degrees, mix the lye into the oils (DO NOT DO THIS THE OTHER WAY AROUND )
  • Add the milk.
  • Use the stick blender to mix and blend. Do this in pulses of 20 seconds or you will burn out your blender. Between pulses stir with the blender.
  • When the concoction traces it will look like vanilla pudding. Trace just means that it hold the shape of a swirl, like, as I said, vanilla pudding.

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Once it begins to trace add your essential oil and extra stuff. I like to use lavender oil and lavender bits, but you can add almost anything. If you are planning to add oatmeal, you need to grind it up first. Take it from me, the whole oats things doesn’t work so well, I know, I’ve tried it.

When it comes to adding essential oils, I only add a few drops. For honey/oatmeal soap, I add about 1/4 cup of honey and a cup of oats. Also I have found that sandalwood oil can cause your soap to seize. (turns hard really fast) so go slow when adding that.

Make sure that you have lined your cardboard molds with wax paper before you start if you are planning to use cardboard molds. Pour your mixture into the mold after it has traced and you’ve added all your stuff and made sure it traced again.

Let the soap sit in the mold for 24 hours – it will harden up. You then want to dump it out and cut it into the shapes you want. Let it cure for at least 2-3 weeks before using. Enjoy!

The whole process shouldn’t take you more than maybe an hour from start to finish.

If you have questions ask them below, I follow this blog pretty closely and love to help new soap makers get started!

Don’t forget to pick up your lye today so you can be making your soap by the weekend.

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Goat Milk Soap Gift Baskets – A Luxurious Bathing Experience

There is nothing that beats the feeling of sliding into a nice warm bath, scented with just the perfect essential oil to help a tired body recuperate or simply to prepare for another day’s adventure. HartNana’s goat milk soap gift baskets come in a variety of “flavors” designed to match your mood.

Lavender Goat Milk Soap Gift Basket

The Lavender Goat Milk Soap Gift Basket has been created to encourage a good night’s sleep. Lavender relaxes sore muscles, perfect for calming anxiety and stress. Lavender goat’s milk soap and bath salts have been paired with Chamomile tea. Chamomile tea has long been used to relax and prepare for sleep. (It also helps with nausea)

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Peppermint Goat Milk Soap Gift Basket

This peppermint goat milk soap gift basket is perfect for that harried person who needs to recharge. Pared with peppermint tea and Breezy Bath Salts to calm headaches and sooth tired muscles let peppermint be your picker up.

Breezy is an essential oil combination made by Butterfly Express that include; birch, eucalyptus, lemon, peppermint, ravensara. The main scent is peppermint.

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Honey Oatmeal Goat Milk Soap Gift Basket

Honey and oatmeal together give an added punch to the already nourishing properties of goat’s milk soap. The little bits of oatmeal work as an exfoliant, gently removing dead skin cells while stimulating new ones to replace the tired and worn out cells. Honey has anti bacterial properties that protect your skin. This honey oatmeal goat milk basket was designed for everyday use. Paired with Chai tea and vanilla scented bath salts, an early morning soak will leave you charged and ready to face what ever the day has in store for you.

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Each goat milk soap gift basket is shipped via the US Post Office Priority mail and is available for purchase and shipping only within the United States.

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Goat Milk Lotion Recipe

Goat Milk Lotion Recipe

  • 2 oz bees wax/emulsifying wax (I have found that emulsifying wax works better than bees wax)
    1/2 oz cocoa butter
  • 1 1/2 oz palm kernel oil
    8 oz coconut oil
    8 tbs almond oil
  • 1 cup goats milk
  • 1 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1 tbs Germaben II

Mix the first five ingredients in a glass bowl, micro wave or heat over the stove till melted, whisk in the water and goat’s milk until the whole emulsion cools. I like to mix this together over an ice bath with a whisk. Don’t forget to add the Germaben II once it has become lotion. Store in glass jar in fridge. If the lotion is too thick you can add more water to thin it out. I’ve also had success with re heating the lotion and mixing again to get it to stay emulsified, even adding more emulsifying wax if the lotion starts to separate.

One thing I always have to remind myself of when I first mix the oils and liquids together, is that the milk is not curdling, it is becoming lotion as it has kind of a strange look in the beginning. Keep mixing, it will turn to lotion.

Let’s watch as this gal makes lotion on you tube.

Why The Ingredients in This Goat Milk Lotion Recipe Are Good For Your Skin
Raw goat’s milk does so many amazing things for your skin that you can discover over here on in this article about why use goats milk soap, What this article talks about in regards to goat milk in soaps is not just true for goats milk soaps, but for this goat milk lotion recipe too.

In addition to the goat milk, the almond oil is an excellent emollient and helps skin retain moisture. It makes your skin smooth and young looking and is a good oil for combating irritated skin.

Help prevent premature aging of your skin, it is a moisturizer and helps with various skin problems like eczema and psoriasis.

Cocoa butter – long touted for it’s ability to fade stretch marks (don’t most of us moms remember lathering it on our big bellies toward the end of pregnancy?), also has properties that remove free radicals in your skin. It penetrates deep into the skin so is extra moisturizing and also contains vitamin E which fades scars.

All in all this lotion should make you feel special not only because you made it yourself, but because it is good for you.

If you don’t have the ability to accumulate all of these skin loving ingredients, you can always just order your moisturizing lotion from HartNana.com

You can find all of the ingredients you need to create your own lotion here

 

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Goats Milk Cheese Recipes – How to Make Feta The Easy Way

If you have goats you need to have lots of ideas for things to make with goats milk, because in the spring, if you decide to milk  your goats you have lots of extra around.  While I do freeze much of my goats milk, I have come across a couple super simple recipes for making cheeses.

 

The first of the milk cheese recipes I’m going to teach you is how to make a cream cheese:

To make cream cheese – which I like to spice up you will first need to make yogurt out of your goats milk. (or you can buy plain Greek yogurt and make it from there).

How to make yogurt from goat’s milk:

 

  • 1/2 gal milk
  • 2- 3 tbs fresh plain yogurt

Heat up to 110 degrees then pour over yogurt, set 1/2 gal jar on top fridge for 12 hours

I’m pretty sure he went and found that lid pretty quickly, you never want to leave your yogurt exposed like that because you will end up with not very friendly bacteria quickly.

Now to make the cheese spread, also known as Labne, this is what you will do:

You can also use Italian herbs instead of garlic and mint. You don’t have to use the olive oil. It goes really great with zucchini or yellow squash chips (dehydrated zuchinni sliced into chips).

Now for the Feta cheese recipe:

Ingredients:

1 gallon of whole milk – Pasteurized NOT ultra pasteurized
Warm milk to 80 degrees
2 teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon 30% calcium chloride solution dissolved in 2 Tablespoon of water (if you are using raw goats milk you don’t need this)
1/8 teaspoon mild lipase powder dissolved in 2 Tablespoon of water
1/8 teaspoon Mesophilic A culture
30 drops of vegetable rennet dissolved into 1/4 cup of water

I use raw goat’s milk, salt, yogurt, lipase powder and junket tablets (you can get them in the grocery store) 1/2 tablet per gallon of milk.

For a cheese press I have a #10 can that I took the top and bottom off of, a bowl, cheese cloth (muslin, not the cheese cloth that you get from the grocery store) and a weight, which for me is sometimes a mason jar filled with water.

You would take out the lid piece put your cheese cloth down inside so that the edges go out over the top, then put in  your curds, fold the cloth back over the curds then put the “follower/top” back on and put your weights on that. If you use a shallow bowl like this one you need to hang around and every little go dump out the whey/water that will collect in the bowl.

Before you get ready to press your curds you can also add in dried tomatoes, and/or Italian seasonings or basil. You can always leave it plain, but in my world view, spice is the zest of life!

Simple Farm Style Monterrey Jack with Peppers

  • 3 gallons of milk (I like mine raw)
  • 2 tablets of junket (you can find these in the baking aisle of most grocery stores)
  • 1/2 pint of buttermilk
  • salt
  • dried peppers

Heat your milk and buttermilk up to 90 degrees slowly (well as slowly as your temperament will allow). Let this sit and mellow for a couple hours.

Next step is to add the junket tablets to water (non chlorinated works best) about 1/4 cup just to dissolve the tablets before adding to the milk. After they dissolve add the mixture to the milk and stir for about a minute to make sure the rennet gets well distributed.

After an hour or so (or even over night) your curds should be separated. Cut them into cubes in the pot. Using a long knife make a checker board pattern all the way down the curds, then start cutting through the curds at an angle all around the pot. The object is to have lots of one inch pieces of curds.

Now that  you have the curds cut, heat the curds and whey back up to 100 degrees slowly, stirring the curds gently.

Let them sit for another hour.

The next step is to strain the curds into cheese cloth (muslin) lined in a colander mix in your salt and peppers to taste. I use about 3 tbs salt and peppers for this recipe.

Ladle  your curds into a press and press under as much pressure as you can for eight to twelve hours. I use hand weights with my presses, but you can use water in jugs, put a can on the follower (that piece that goes on top of the cheese cloth – I use the end of the #10 can) then put a plate or board over that and add your weights.  The harder you press your cheese the firmer it will be.

milk cheese recipes cheese pressOf course you could always buy a real cheese press and then  you wouldn’t have to be jury rigging stuff LOL

Once it is pressed, cut it into the size of pieces your family will use within a couple days (this doesn’t hold very well and will mold). Rub salt on the exposed parts, wrap in paper towels and then put in a plastic bag that you suck the air out of with a straw before completely sealing.

Freeze these. Let them defrost at room temperature before using.

NOTE:

Don’t throw your whey away!! Use it to make Whey good bread or pizza dough by substituting the whey instead of water in  your recipe. You can freeze it in plastic ziplock bags for use when you are ready to make your bread or pizza dough.

Make cheese, it’s easy and fun and there is something about eating and serving homemade cheese that makes it special, because you know where it came from and what went into it.

 When I first started making cheese this is the kit I used to “get my feet wet”. Simple recipe/directions are included and everything (except the milk) you need to make mozzarella and ricotta cheese. cheese making kitNow if you are wanting to use up your goat’s milk because you have so much of it you don’t know what to do with, perhaps you might want to start with this kit that has the ingredients you need to make goats milk cheese.

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

This is really simple and works wonderfully, I know as I have used it in my mini van. You remember how I use my mini van to move my goats around? You don’t?  Well, here is my “you might be a redneck story” about goats and my mini van.

So I don’t believe that my babies should be moved around in a pick up truck and I don’t have an animal carrier so I just pile them into my mini van when ever I need to move them about.  They are kind of like really big dogs except that they aren’t house trained. If I am carting them very far they do end up peeing or dropping berries at some point along the way.

The berries aren’t a big deal, just sweep them out when I get home, but the peeing does pose a problem.  Some times I will just open both doors to the van and use the hose on the carpet, other times I just this carpet deodorizer to absorb the smell, then once it all dries I vacuum it out.

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

  • 1 box baking soda
  • 1/2 c borax
  • essential oil (or not) – 20 – 40 drops depending on your fragrance preference

Mix these together in a glass bowl then put them in a very clean plastic container with a wide opening dispenser. An old Parmesan cheese container works well or an old carpet deodorizer container that has been saved.

Baking soda soaks up bad things that get spilled on carpets too – like wine or colored juice or colored soda. This works especially well if  you get the soda on it quickly.

*you might want to be aware that if  you use this on your carpets a lot, you could damage not only your carpet, but your vacuum as well.

This is a great video the shows how to use general household items to clean carpet stains!

Share this with  your facebook friends – who knows you could be responsible for saving your friend’s carpet.

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