|Today begins our seventh day of using kitchen spices in soap by using Coriander Seed Powder.
Coriander seeds are used in various dishes both ground and whole. Whole coriander seeds are used for pickling vegetables, flavoring sausages or smoked meats, brewing Belgian wheat beers, as a replacement for caraway seeds in rye bread, or roasted for an out of hand snack. Coriander seed powder is used in various dishes across the world like chutneys, curries, salsa, soups, rice, bread, fish and more.
Did you know that the whole coriander plant can be used in cooking? Places that have Spanish or Latin American influences call coriander leaves “cilantro”? Cilantro is the Spanish name for the coriander plant.
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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 coriander seed 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 coriander seed 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 citrus, harvest or comforting scents like Oatmeal Milk & Honey, Honey Harvest, Honey Almond, Intense Almond, Love Muffin, Bitter Orange Orchid, Lotus, and Lemon Verbena.
The coriander seed powder 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.