Has anyone made their own lye, the old fashioned way, with a barrel full of hardwood leaves or ashes leeched in water? I've done a lot of research into it over the past year or so. I want to try this with tallow to make soap the way our ancestors did, and outside over a fire.
(lol! I will, however, still use my trusy stick blender instead of a wooden paddle.) I'd like to start a soap making workshop on our small farm at some point.