Soap And End cappings

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Posted by kat | Posted in Sandy Creek Farm | Posted on 15-06-2015

So for Christmas last year I made soap, I ended up making about 52 bars, if your counting the pieces that were not the right size to give away.   I had hoped to make some mechanics soap for my brother for his birthday( it was in February ) and life got in the way, I still owe him the soap and my sister in law her present( her birthday was also in February)  What does soap have to do with end cappings and what in the world are end cappings?    I am not talking about the end caps for plumbing or any other number of things that have end caps.   The end cappings, I am talking about are from when your are extracting honey from honey comb.     Here is where it involves soap, certain oils and waxes do certain things to your soap and adds or takes away things as well.  I personally like a nice hard bar of soap, with 5 people in the house and living in the south( Georgia) we take showers everyday in the summer, and it wears down the soap.  I currently buy coast, it smells good, it lasts a decent amount of time and I like the price and shape of the bars.  I do not consider myself granola crunchy,  but I do try and live as healthy as possible.  I cook as much as I can from scratch, I prefer butter over margarine( we have both in the house) , I grow a garden when ever I can( mine is not doing very well at the moment), I get a flu shot every year, make sure my kids get the vaccinations they need, when they need them, I go to the Dr and get a yearly physical,  I am not AGAINST modern medicine, but if I can I will take a more natural route first.  BUT I am not so crunchy that I buy into buying only organic foods, not buying anything with food dye or high fructose corn syrup, no modern medicine and that sort of thing.    No! I am not going to start trying to change your mind, one way or another, it would take a lot more time than I have and I am trying to do better about thinking that everyone should think like me.  Deep down, I know that everyone has a right to what they think, coming from a very opinionated family, sometimes makes it really hard for me to keep that in mind.

Anyways!!!  Back to the soap and end cappings before I totally loose track of what I want to say.    So I found this recipe that calls for beeswax.  In the store beeswax is $17.00 for 1lb,  I have several friends that are beekeepers and IF I knew what I was doing, I might still have bees myself.  I haven’t had much luck with the beekeeping aspect of things, but I am going to try again and HOPEFULLY, they will like me this time around, enough to stay.   I asked a friend that I knew was getting ready to extract honey from his hives, if he would save me any extra wax and was willing to pay for it.  He said he didn’t have any extra honey and I was prepared to move on to the next friend.  I get a call from the next day( I had talked to him via Facebook on Saturday or Sunday I think it was) and he said what about end cappings?  Could you use those to get your wax?  I not really knowing how to go about it, said sure.  So he said I will bring you some.  I thought he might have a cup or two, as I really only needed a few ounces of wax.  He shows up on Monday and has a good sized tote full of end cappings and better yet there is honey in the bottom of the tub too.

Tub of end cappings

Tub of end cappings

I remember helping my dad with the bees, he had while I was growing up in Oklahoma, I don’t think I ever helped him with the honey side of things.  So my friend tells me, grab your colander, put a pot under it and let it catch the honey, then melt the wax, but use a pot you don’t mind ruining.  I have yet to get a pot, i had planned on going to the thrift store and finding one, but I haven’t had time yet.    So I wash my colander, after I take out the scraps that I was supposed to throw to the chickens, Yes! I made sure it finally made it to the chickens.   Stopped at Home Depot, bought a bucket to let the honey drip into, stuck it in my shed and proceeded to put the end cappings in the colander to drip.  I did take out three small containers of end cappings and gave one each to my parents and brothers.  One of my brothers has horrible asthma and he is hoping the end cappings which sometimes has pollen mixed in will help.

End cappings in Colander

End cappings in Colander

End capping in my cheese mold waiting to be used for soap.

End capping in my cheese mold waiting to be used for soap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once I have all the honey I can get out of the end cappings, I then have to strain the raw honey.  I strain it through a reusable coffee filter.  This takes out any dead bees( they sometimes get in there without being seen and drown) hive beetles, grass and anything else that is not supposed to be in there.  Again while I was at Home Depot, bought a little 2 gallon bucket to put the honey in, I don’t think I should get any more than that out of the end cappings.

Filtered honey

Filtered honey

 

 

Honey from letting cappings drip

Honey from letting cappings drip

 

I had so much cappings left over, there was more than I could see in the container and I did have to go buy two more of the two gallon buckets to put it in.

 

 

 

 

 

We Have Ducks Again

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Ducks | Posted on 11-06-2015

I broke down and bought ducks again, these are pictures of when they were little.

middle and duckling

middle and duckling

Peking Ducklings

Peking Ducklings

Ducklings in brooder

Peking ducklings in brooder

Mallard ducklings

Mallard ducklings

Peking, Mallards and baby chickens in brooder

Peking, Mallards and baby chickens in brooder

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