|Today begins our fifth day of using kitchen spices in soap by using Garam Masala Powder, which contains cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, black pepper, and coriander.
Did you know that garam masala is Hindi for hot mixture? Garam actually refers to the intensity of the spices rather than heat like chili peppers are said to be “hot”. This is a blend of spices that are common in Indian and other South Asian cooking. Garam masala is typically used in curries and stews, but it has been used in other dishes and is only limited by the cook’s imagination.
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We are going to use the higher end of the water recommendations in the Lye Calculator so we can mix the garam masala powder in easily. We are also making this soap in dry weather so the soap will dry/cure quickly. If you are making this in a humid location, please use a dehumidifier to help dry out the soaps.
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.
Combine oils and lye solution. Stir until thin trace. Upon light trace, add the garam masala powder. Stir well. Pour soap into molds. I used the Rubbermaid Drawer Organizers #2915 as the 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.
After looking at the finished soap, I think the best scents for this soap would be fruity or fall type scents like Berries & Twigs, Plumberry Spice, Wild Mint & Ivy, Autumn Afternoon and Oak Leaves & Acorns.
The Garam Masala soap samples have been sent to the Shipping Department to send out in orders. I really want to hear your comments about this or any of the other soaps with kitchen spices. I hope that anyone wanting a sample soap will request one and if we have any samples we will send them to you.