lørdag den 18. februar 2017

Vindrueolie i sæben -- Soaping with Grapeseed Oil

      Eftersom de tørrede nældeblade er sat over at trække i vindruekerneolie, var Uglemor jo nødt til at prøve at lave sæbe med denne olie. det skulle så være i dag.
      Efter en hel del regnen og regeren, for nye olier kræver nye opskrifter og da den gamle computer døde, tog den Uglemors gamle WordPerfect 5.1 med i graven. Og dermed er også de trofaste gamle regneark væk. Men til sidst kom der en brugbar opskrift ud af det.
     Endnu en hindring var, at den plasticindsats, der forhindrer sæben i at sætte sig fast i formen, jo stadig var optaget af kaffesæben fra i går. Den er ikke hård nok til at blive taget ud. Uglemor havde læst, at man kunne bruge bagepapir. Så der blev målt, foldet og klistret. Endnu et forsøg. 
     Det gik fint, både opskriften og bagepapirsindmaden ser ud til at virke.
     Vindruesæben gelerede, og for en gangs skyld huskede jeg at tage billeder undervejs. Der mangler kun et billede af, hvordan den så ud til start, da den lige var hældt op. Der var den smukt lysegul over det hele, som i kanterne på billede 1.  De små tal er billedets tidsspempel.

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Having started the infusing of nettle leaves in grapeseed oil, MotherOwl had to soap using this oil. And today was the day. It was a bit - no actually much - of an obstacle race.
First obstacle: New oils call for new calculations, and my old computer died, taking with it the old WordPerfect, with its wonderful spread sheet functions. MotherOwl have not yet mastered Excel. So by means of a pocket calculator and MillerSoap, an new recipe was made.
Second obstacle. MotherOwl has to space her soaping, the mould can be re-used after some hours, but the lining can only be used once every 3 days, when the soap has hardened enough for the lining to peel off. It is made from a plastic place mat, bought from a liquidating shop, and of course it was the last one.  Baking paper should do the job as well. Let's try. Measuring and three-dimensional thinking are not MotherOwl's strongest sides, but perseverance (you may call it stubbornness) is.
Everything went just fine, the baking paper lining was actually better than the place mat one. The soap gelled as if it has read the how to on gelling. And MotherOwl remembered to photograph the process  - only not the very beginning. The soap started out all yellow as the edges in the first photo below.
 The numbers are the time stamps from the camera.


Her gelerer sæben smukt.
Gelling after the book.
17.14

     Spirillen var flere gange ude og kigge for at lære, hvordan det ser ud, når det går hedt for sig og sæben ikke bliver til en vulkan. Hvis man holder en hånd hen over, kan man mærke varmen fra sæben.
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Marsupilam was called out to have a look more than once. He had to learn how soap is behaving when gelling normally and not turning into a volcano. It still gets real hot, a hand held over the gelling soap can feel the heat waves.


Voldsom gelering, men ikke en vulkan.
Gelling violently, but no volcano happening.
17.35

Så er den færdig med at gelere, den er stadig flydende og varm.
Gelling's done. The soap is still liquid and quite hot.
20.17


Og helt færdig i gang med at køle af. færdig. Kaffesæben fra i går ses øverst.
And all done, and cooling down. Yesterday's coffee soap is the topmost one.
21.29


Næste dag kunne bagepapirsindmaden let fjernes, men den strimmel af dækkeservietten, Uglemor havde lagt i bunden sidder stadig fast. Måske er bagepapir vejen frem, selv om det kreperer Uglemor med ting, der kun kan bruges en gang.
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Next morning. The baking paper lining peeled off nicely. Not so the place mat strip that MotherOwl put in the bottom for added stability. Lining made form baking paper is way better, and MotherOwl has to consider using this in the future. Even though she's bothered by using disposable materials.


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