Anyway, I made this particular batch with yogurt. If you like the qualities that yogurt gives to soap, you soapmakers can add a bit of wow to your next batch by making your very own yogurt. (I'm all about the DIY projects!)
It is Super Easy, too! For years I've used my $1 garage sale yogurt maker but it breathed its last a couple of months ago. (It had lived a good long life....I saw the same yogurt maker on an episode of the Bob Newhart Show, so that puts it at about 40 years old in people years--I don't know the equivalent in electric kitchen gizmo years....) OK, no more relying on a gadget, I had to learn how to do it myself. Have you ever searched "making homemade yogurt" on the internet? There are 2,260,000 results on Google and I would reckon that every one is different. So that means that it's not as painfully precise as some might have you think. Here is my way--two ingredients and a few minutes of hands-on work.
Heat the amount of milk you want in a saucepan to 185 degrees F. (My batch size is 3 cups.)
Hold the saucepan in another pan of ice water so that it cools to 110 degrees F. It only takes a few minutes.
Then I pour it into a glass jar and refrigerate it. It will be thicker after it's chilled. It's not usually as thick as store bought yogurt, but sometimes it surprises me. Some yogurt makers add gelatin and/or powdered milk, but that's just adding more steps and more stuff to buy. I like simplicity!!
And then, of course, if there is any left after making your super-duper yogurt soap, you can eat it. (!) It's great in a smoothie. Or mixed with homemade raspberry sauce. Or as the liquid in a batch of muffins. Or mixed with granola. Or....
A link to this post can also be found at the amazingly informative site Too Many Jars in my Kitchen.