Click here to read a frontier recipe for making soap.

Boil the lye (water dripped through ashes) until it was strong enough “to eat off the soft part of a feather.” Then mix the boiled lye with fat. Put the mixture back on the fire and boil to produce “a soap strong enough to form cakes at the bottom of a cold cup of water.”  
For hard cakes of soap, mix grease with lye that is thick enough “to float an egg.” Boil until thick, and add salt. Allow to harden for a day and then melt it down and form into cakes. Six bushels of ashes plus fifty pounds of grease will yield one tub of soap,”
From the “Kentucky Housewife” booklet, 1839

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