|Today begins our sixth day of using kitchen spices in soap by using Turmeric Root Powder.
To make tumeric powder, the roots are boiled for several hours and then dried in hot ovens, after which they are ground into a powder. Turmeric is commonly used as a spice in curries and other South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. It is also used for dyeing fiber and to give color to various foods such as mustard, cheese, butter, salad dressing. Tumeric has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot peppery flavor and a mustardy smell.
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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 turmeric 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 turmeric 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 fall type or baked goods scents like Autumn Afternoon, Oak Leaves & Acorns, Warm Vanilla Sugar, Cinnamon Bear, Soothing Chamomile, Frosted Cupcake, Love Muffin and Bergamot & Chamomile.
The Turmeric 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.
P.S. After the wild color change of the soap, I did some research and found the turmeric naturally contains curcumin, which is a pH indicator. In acidic solutions when the pH is less than 7.4, the turmeric turns yellow and in alkali solutions when the pH is higher than 8.6, the turmeric turns bright red. Wow!