The morning started with 4 half-pints of tuna lion (I found it in the freezer). I followed the OSU Extension Office’s Instructions for this project. I packed the tuna into the jars, added 1/2 teas salt and olive oil to cover. I poked around with a knife to clear the air bubbles and added more oil to cover the fish. Then I popped on the lid and ring and placed the jars into the pressure canner. I’ve got a weighted canner and our elevation is only 460′ so I’m processing them at 10 lb for 100 minutes.
Next, I turned my attention to the Mystery White Fish from the freezer. I decided to try to cure and smoke it like I would salmon so I mixed together:
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 T lemon zest
- 1 t red pepper flakes
- 8-10 Juniper berries
I’ll let this cure for a couple of days in the refrigerator with a weight on it, turning it twice a day. Then I’ll rinse it and ask Joe to smoke it with some fresh apple twinges.
I combined the 6 cups juice I made yesterday with 6 cups of sugar and a couple of teaspoons of cider vinegar. I boiled it forever (it seemed like it) until it finally gelled and then processed it into 8 half-pint jars.
Goat Milk Soap
This afternoon I decided to make a batch of soap – only my second so don’t follow my instructions – I just want to remember what I did. I had found a recipe for cold processed soap online using shortening, olive oil and coconut oil along with the goat milk and lye but wanted to add a little almond oil. I was directed to the Brambleberry Lye Calculator where I was able to input the amounts of oils I wanted to use as well as the Superfatting level (extra oils to make skin softer? – I chose 5%) and was able to determine the amount of lye and liquid I would need.
|Almond Oil (Sweet)||1.00oz||4.35%|
|Coconut Oil (Fractioned)||6.00oz||26.09%|
|5% Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) Amount||3.526oz|
|Ounces of liquid recommended||7.59oz|
Oil Weight gramsounces
I added the lye into the frozen goat milk really slowly – I think it took at least 30 minutes. I wanted to avoid burning it, which I did. It turned out a lovely creamy yellow color rather than the dark orange I had last time. I best part was that I could check on the boiling jelly while monitoring the lye. I should add here that I have grown-up children that know their way around chemicals as I was a science teacher for years so I trusted them to stay away from the lye on the back porch.
The stick blender helped a lot when adding the oils to the lye. It took about 15 minutes to reach trace. Then I just added a little peppermint scent and red color – not sure I’m loving the red. I tried to make a swirl but it’s more of a mush. Oh well, it’s resting quietly, wrapped in towels, all nice and warm.
The evening wrapped up with a little knitting and my accidental assurance that there are so live mosquitos in our house. I put a log on the fire which just won’t stop smoldering. Joe finally took it outside, but the house still stinks.