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Grandma’s Recipe Thursday – Making “Soup”

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Awhile back I took home my grandmother’s recipe boxes.  She has Alzheimer’s and had gone into an assisted living facility so that she could get the supervision she needs.  It was one of the many things that came home with me when we were cleaning out her house to get it ready to sell.  Last night I was going through the boxes trying to find a recipe for a certain cookie when I came across a card that I thought read “Making Soup.”  See if you can figure out my consternation.

Mild soup may be made from only 3 ingredients…

Ok, this doesn’t sound like it’s going to be a very flavorful soup.

…fat, water, and lye.

Wait, what?  Lye?  In soup?  Isn’t that caustic, toxic, and generally bad news?  Is this one of those weird things people did like putting Mercurochrome on cuts and scrapes?

If hard fat is used such as beef or mutton, the proportion is 6 pounds of fat, 6 cups of water, and 1 can of lye.  If a soft fat, such as lard or bacon is used, use the same amounts of fat and lye, but reduce the water to 4 cups.  The soup may be made stronger by adding 1 1/2 tablespoons of Borax and 1/2 cup of Amonia [sic].

EEK!  That can’t be right….

….

Oh!  It says SOAP.  That sounds much better and actually makes sense.

Darn you cursive a – you look so much like a u!

Grandma’s Recipe Thursday – Making Soap

Mild soup soap may be made from only 3 ingredients fat, water, and lye.  If hard fat is used such as beef or mutton, the proportion is 6 pounds of fat, 6 cups of water, and 1 can of lye.  If a soft fat, such as lard or bacon is used, use the same amounts of fat and lye, but reduce the water to 4 cups.  The soup soap may be made stronger by adding 1 1/2 tablespoons of Borax and 1/2 cup of Amonia [sic].

By way of disclaimer:  This recipe has a few nasty ingredients in it so it’s not something that I would suggest or endorse in any way, shape, or form.  If you do choose to try it, you are on your own.  Don’t call me when your house explodes or your stock pot melts.  If you want to make your own soap, I highly suggest you seek out an actual expert on that sort of thing.

I share this with you, dear reader, because…well, it’s entertaining and I most certainly would not suggest that you serve it as a mild soup.  This is why it always pays to read a vintage recipe card a few times from beginning to end.

There, I think that’s strong enough, yes?  Back to the recipe box!

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2 thoughts on “Grandma’s Recipe Thursday – Making “Soup”

  1. She does have flowing penmanship