There IS strength in numbers!!! all three of us were making soap today!!! (My son was skateboarding!!!) I have made about 15 batches today ONLY!! and am still not done.. I am trying to make some for Art on the Square, but moreso, making some ahead of time for the Hy-Vee sampling day (this Friday and Saturday)…..and I made 6 batches with my neice Ambjour last night!!!
I did come to one conclusion though…..
One time, it is good to get something from Hy-Vee that is old and dried out!!! When I initially got my Fels Naptha back in December (?) the bars must have been on the shelf for a LONG time!!! they ground down to powder…..actually more like DUST !!!!!!! it was PERFECT!!!!
This time however, the bars are very new and FRESH and soft. (a very good thing for a grocery store) but makes a little more work on our part……but THAT IS OK!!!
I was having a hard time getting mine ground down far enough, so what I have done (actually Glenn gets credit on this one!) We ground them down to nearly beads of a fairly good size. Then went ahead and mixed all the powders in to it , like normal. …….stir it all and let it sit awhile (the longer the better) and then, process it all together in the food processor one more time and let it run AWHILE. This extra step was well worth it to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or atleast until I can buy enough up to “dry out” ahead of time, which I usually do, but with the Fels Naptha shortage we experienced, this was impossible. In the end , with this additional step, it is a PERFECT consistency, no matter how “soft” the bars are initially. Yeah!!!
Now…….if you do NOT want to mess with this, that is also FINE. But be prepared , the beads will separate a little more from the powder, therefore, you will need to give it a quick stir before dispensing just to make sure you are getting equal parts of all the ingredients.
I will sleep much better tonight, having informed everyone of this. It was making me NUTS how I was going to get past this little bump in the road.
Rest assured, I am still beyond 100% confident in this, and no matter what consistency, it is still just “Simply Wonderful” !!!!!!!!!!! :)