Grandpa's Fishing Soap
|Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been able to ask my grandpa for stories about the fishing trips he used to go on with his buddies. Most of these stories bring a smile to my grandpa’s face and he can’t stop chuckling as he tells the story.
After hearing some of these stories, I was inspired to try making a soap that could be useful to a fisherman. I decided to use Chinese Star Anise since many fishermen (and women) swear that it hides the human scent from the fish. I also included freshly ground coffee beans to help with the removal of the fish scent from the hands.
While I don’t know if this soap will work on convincing my grandpa to take me fishing, I think that this might be a great fisherman’s soap. I’ll have to take some out to the local trout farm next time I go. Maybe they will test it for me!
Come join me in the blog kitchen and we’ll whip up this fun fisherman’s soap.
Collect needed items:
Measure fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in the microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. Weigh the Chinese Star Anise Essential Oil in a beaker and set aside.
Combine oils and lye solution. Mix until thin trace. Upon light trace, add the Chinese Star Anise Essential Oil and coffee grounds. Stir well. Pour soap into the desired mold. Allow to sit until soap is firm.
The next morning cut into bars. Stack to allow good air circulation. Allow to cure for several days before using. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.