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After Thanksgiving dinner, if the turkey were to be deep fried as Dan did, few gallons of used peanut oil in the fryer has to be disposed off. Juggernaut advised Dan to saponify the oil to make soap, lots of it.

Submitted: November 26, 2012

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Submitted: November 26, 2012




Subba Rao

“How the bird came out on Thanksgiving day?” inquired Juggernaut.

“Good, very good, this year we deep fried the turkey; the skin quickly deep fried to seal all the juices, the meat was tender and juicy like never before when we used to bake for several hours in the oven,” Dan licked his lips.

“Spent lot of money on peanut oil, right?”

“Hundred dollars just for four gallons of peanut oil and the special fire hazard-free turkey fryer was worth it for quick time it took to fry the turkey not counting the juicy taste that’s comes with it. The only downside was I have four gallons of used peanut oil to dispose it safely,” Dan looked at Juggernaut for a solution.

“Saponify,” Juggernaut smiled at Dan.


“Saponify the oil.” Juggernaut looked at Dan to figure it out.

“What that means?” Dan looked clueless.

“Make soap.”

“Make soap with used peanut oil?” Dan looked perplexed.

“Yeah, clean the oil by filtering to remove any sediment and make soap,” smiled Juggernaut.

“How to make soap from peanut oil?”

“Well you talking to a person that worked with oils for over 15 years. All oils are acids, I mean fatty acids not the kind that burn the skin; veggie oils and animal fats can be converted into soap by adding lye or caustic, ” said Juggernaut with a condescending look.

“You mean I can make soap out of used peanut oil from the turkey fryer?” Dan looked surprised.

“For one gallon of oil you need one pound of lye to make around 8 pounds of soap.”

“Wow, you mean I can make around 30 pounds of soap from 4 gallons of used peanut oil,” Dan looked all exited.

“The process is not that simple. Soap making or Saponification is a chemical process one have to be careful in handling the caustic to avoid serious burns to skin; place one gallon of oil in a large glass or stone container, add your favorite fragrance and color, then slowly add small amounts of caustic while quickly mixing with a wooden spoon. You need an assistant either to mix the contents or add the caustic slowly, it takes two persons to do the job; as you add and thoroughly mix caustic to the oil, the oil turns slowly into soap and becomes wax like material, you keep adding caustic slowly to a point that no oil remains free in the pot except a big glob of soap. Place the wax like soap uniformly into a 3” shallow container to cut into convenient sizes. One pound of soap can be cut into 3 bars of bath soap.” Juggernaut looked at Dan as if he was his student.

“So, I can make 30 pounds of soap or 90 bars from four gallons of used peanut oil in the fryer; that’s lot of soap,” Dan looked surprised.

“Well, you have a choice. Either you can bake the turkey to avoid using oil or if you hell bent to fry the bird you will have lot of used oil to dispose it off. You cannot dump the oil into the sink as it clogs up your sink. You can pour the oil into a container to dispose with regular trash or if you have a backyard, mix with soil since the bugs in the soil love breaking down the oil slowly or you can make lots of soap with some caustic.”

“I could sell bath soaps under the brand name “gobble-gobble,” Dan started moving his fingers fast in the air as if crunching some numbers.

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