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The answer is to use about 4. This recipe came from a lot of trial and error on our end. We live in Red Deer, AB. About an hour and a half north of Calgary. I will have to check the health food stores here. We have a Once Upon A Child here too. Good to hear Jenn! We only have Sunlight laundry bars here in Canada. I would love to try the fels naphtha sometime though.
Where abouts in Canada are you Colleen? Our machine has a plastic piece that can be slid down in one slot for liquid and another for powder. When I first tried this detergent, I too found a lot of the soap left in the dispenser. Once I changed the plastic piece to where it showed for powder, the leftover soap was not a problem. Hope it helps! I am sold on the Naptha bar. I had a pillow sham that was dingy looking in my downstairs bedroom we always seem to lay on that side of the bed.
When they came out of the wash I was comparing them and thought well it still looks dingy but this one is nice and white , then I realized the dingy one was the one I had not rubbed with the Naptha, it now looked bad next to the other. The laundry detergent is Great now!! Ok I was so excited to try this…Here is what I got clothes looked ok smelled fresh , actually smelled like Naptha but the problem is most of the Naptha is still sitting in the soap dispenser I have an HE machine.
I see that this works great for High Efficiency front-loading machines as well as regular machines… but I happen to have a HE top-loader. Any difference? Not enough water for my taste! I have been wondering about the adding of the Oxi-Clean agent. Does it fade out your color clothing? Has anyone added a bluing agent for whites? This is the first time I have used the Oxi Clean. Some people have suggested it, so I decided to try it. Some people have used Baking Soda too, but have found that it has bleached their clothes somewhat in spots.
Next time I will just stick to the three main ingredients. I just made a batch and all I did was use the shredding disc on my Cuisinart, and grated the Fels Naptha soap, then took off the disc and put in the regular blade, and mixed the grated soap with the washing powder and borax. Worked perfectly! Oh one more question! Has anyone tried using a meat grinder to chop up the soap?
I have a grinder on my kitchen aid mixer and was curious if that might work…. I have 4 kids and hubby builds lawn mowers and other equipment lots of grease so I typically make a tripple batch. My container isnt air tight and I have never had problems. As for the grinder, I use my food processor. I cut the bar of soap into chinks and freeze it for a few. Works great. Let us know how the grinder works! Can you make up as much as you want at a time?
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I thought it would be nice to make a a few batches at one time and throw it all in together. Is it okay to do that with this? Will it stay fresh as long as it is in a sealed container? I love this recipe! Walmart didnt have any washing soap so I used unscented hypoallergenic dove soap with moisturizer. The hand grate I had was small enough but it took wayyy too long so I ended up taking a metal spoon and scraping the soap. I got longer but thinner pieces and it still ended up powdery.
I have heard the moisturizer leaves build up. Walmart normally carries Zote or Fels Namptha in the laundry isle. The build up from dove can make things look dingy. I would make sure to put vinegar in the rinse to help remove the residue. Hi Nicole — I agree with Jess regarding the moisturizer leaving a build up on your clothing. Also, rather than grating your soap whichever you use , first cut it into about 8 squares, freeze for a few hours and then put in a food processor if you have one.
Sure saves a lot of time. Hi Toni — you might try cutting the bar into 8 pieces, freezing for a few hours and then putting it in the food processor. No grating and no need to use the microwave. I was wondering if you can use any bar soap, or if it has to only be 1 of the 3 that was mentioned? My sons skin is highly sensitive, and therefore he cannot use Ivory at all. Quick question??? We have a 5lb tub of soda ash we use in out pool is that the same thing as washing soda? Can I use it I have an bunches instead of buying more Washing Soda?
I Love this stuff and I use straight vinegar in the rinse cycle our clothes look, smell and wear much better without all the extra additives. I had never heard of everclear until I signed up for your updates. It is the same as the washing soda and so very much less expensive. Like you, I use the straight white vinegar in the rinse cycle and love the results. It removes any residues that might be left from washing.
I have been doing some research so I can begin making my own homemade laundry detergent. I am concerned to see so many recipes include Borax which is considered a toxic poison….. Ok people stop using google you can find nothing but negative stuff if you google. So this is not met to sound rude but probably will. Borax is a salt that is used in boriac acid now boriac acid is a nasty one BUT it is one of the best antifungals out there mix it and soak you toes in it it works way better then taking a pill the dr gives you that will kill your liver.
Everything has good and bad sided to it. Do you eat cucumbers?? Sometimes you have to take the lessor of the evils Borax is safe enough for cancer centers to use around cancer patients. The amounts of Borax used is very little and with a vinegar rinse you get rid of the build up it can cause try getting rid of a build up on clothing from Tide!
Tide I loved it used it put its ingredients pollute our waters and if you have a septic tank OUCH There are lost of stuff we eat and drink daily that can be toxic to others I have a dog who has seizures from chemicals I would not sprinkle borax on the carpet to rid it of fleas with him but I have and if ya have bed bugs this will kill them too even all natural products have toxic issues i nature the cure grown next to the cause in out over used to chemicals to rid the world of the cause we have killed the cure Poison ivy with in 3 feet of it you should find the plant to cure it but we have killed it with the use of chemicals this is one reason why saving rain forest is important so we can go and replant the cures.
BUT even the cure for ivy has issues of it own and what it will kill. So you have to weigh the good and the bad and make informed decision based upon facts and not google web sits. So the only option that counts os what is right for you and your family weight all the options yourself and then you decied.
Forgot to say this: Any suggestions for how to improve this recipe naturally would be great. I have very hard water, my Mother in Law tried it and found no difference, but she has soft water. I also use vinegar in the rinse cycle, which gets out any residual soap. I have a question and am kind of confused. Just wondering. I want to be sure I am understanding this correctly. My family has sensitive skin issues so I have to be very careful as well.
Thank you!!! I was wondering how it works only using 1 tbsp. I personally think this is yet another area where the repairmen are pulling your leg…you do need less powder than the horrid liquid…but considering side load HE low water washers have been around before liquid detergent was marketed to us.. I would say its likely a crock…here goes the big corporations tied in with Tide making sure you cant do the green economical route. Our HE washer has different sections in the dispenser for liquid soap or powdered soap so it must depend on the brand of machine.
We have several bars of Ivory soap so I will try that next to use them up. The first batch I tried microwaving the soap with not wonderful results. The next batch I grated the soap first, then put it in the food processor with the other ingredients to blend it well and found it mixed well. My co-worker makes her own powder detergent and was using it in her HE washer for about a year, it broke down the repairman came out and told her that she cannot use this in her HE that it will void the warranty.
That he sees this problem all the time. The HE washer instructions specifically say not to use powder detergents. OK my Personnalphshlizemn it say like this.. I finally submitted to making the recipe but instead of making it a powder, I make it a liquid by using the same recipe but adding 3 gallons of water to the mix. I initially started using Zest bar soap, it was ok but not a fresh enough smell.
So my next batch I tried Dove bar. Not a good idea as I had everyone in the household complaining of a stinky smell, not a fresh smell. This is an actual laundry soap bar that is soft and glycerine like. It had a pleasant smell and was easy to cut up and melt on the stove. I added the water and within 5 hours it solidified to a soft form. Well, I should have guessed that. BUT, all I needed to do was add more water to the bucket and stir it up.
It had the best smell, very clean and fresh. My first load came out smelling so wonderful. I cant believe it took me three batches to figure it out, but has been very fun making it. I have told everyone in the laundry isle at wallmart how to make this. I wish I had this recipe when my kids were little. But never to late to learn. I have been making the liquid version of the homemade laundry soap and using is in my HE front loader. My last batch, I doubled the soda and borax, and for some reason I had a solid form on the top of the bucket about an inch thick.
I tried mixing it in, but hard to break up. Today my washer was oozing water, I checked and the soap has not been dissolving and left all the chunks in the top of the washer. Has anyone ever had their soap do this, and how can I prevent it. I do not want to waste ingredients and ruin another batch. Any suggestions??????? Hi, I just wanted to comment. I make it in large quantities to last longer and I add a bottle of the Purex Crystals just for scent.
Also, a little trick I learned about the Ivory soap and this only works with Ivory as far as I know If you put it on a paper plate in the microwave for about seconds it will expand it looks like a science experiment but take it out and let it cool. This makes it perfect to add to your laundry detergent. No shredding! I love that!
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Hope this helps. I must say that I am surprised that the vinegar doesnt leave a smell. I washed and dried my first load. However I still had a little static when they were dry…am I maybe not using enough vinegar or do you still use a fabric sheet? Hi Charity. The vinegar seems to take care of the static most of the time. Just leave it in the dryer all the time. Has anyone tried a different bar soap such as Dial? It is an antibacterial soap. I have never made the detergent before just thought if there is a musty smell problem if this would help: I clean my front loader regularly by running a bleach cycle.
It seems to help just a little bleach does the job. I understand from others with front loaders that using vinegar about 1 cup in a cycle will get rid of the musty odors that can accumulate. Also, it is better to leave the door ajar after finished washing.
I do this with my top loader as well to avoid moisture retention in the machine. My skin. I would fill the Downey ball with whatever amount it holds. I also use the 2nd rinse option on my machine. Hi Charity — I think the vinegar is both cost effective and better to use. It removes any residue that might remain and softens as well. Did I understand the comment from Julie to mean it is damaging on swim wear, etc. Does anyone know if this type of laundry soap can be used on Lululemon and Under Armour workout clothing without ruining them or the wicking ability?
I have a question. I am going to use a borax free detergent because I am doing cloth diapers and I am currently pregnant. But can I add a soap to a detergent that is Washing Soda, baking soda, and oxygen cleaner? Or is it even necessary? I am new to this, but I just can pass up the savings and how much better it will be for my kids. I use this recipe, borax and all with my cloth diapers and have no problems at all.
I used it all while I was preggers and just as with anything, dont breathe it in when you mix it I still try not to. Occationally to strip the diapers I add a tsp of Dawn dish detergent instead of bleach. Good luck!! I bought several different kinds and was wondering if the color would mess anything up or should I stick with the white or pink colored ones. It has to be true soap. Make sure it says that on the label. After that, I also had someone share this tip with me: place your bar of soap regardless of what kind on a plate and put it in the microwave for minutes all microwaves are different, so just watch it.
The bar of soap will expand times its normal size. Now you can run the washer with cold water saving energy! Great tips. Even better than using the microwave on the soap, cut the bar into about 8 pieces, freeze for a couple of hours or more and then put into a food processor. This works great! Hi Victoria — It works great in cold water — just dissolve the powder in a cup or so of warm water first, then add to washer.
Thats fabulous and thanks for the tip, I cannot wait to try this! My daughter loves it! Has anyone tried this with lye soap? My mother makes her own lye soap and has been for years. We are wondering if she did a bar with scent but no colour if it could be grated and used? We have already been using the soap as a stain remover…better than anything on the market truth be told…so thinking it might be good.
Any thoughts? Lye soap works best, in my opinion. I like a plain lard soap for laundry soap. You can break that up and it turns into very fine flakes. It perfect to use instead of grating! Only microwave half a bar at a time if you have a smaller microwave!!! Definitely worth trying if you have a food processor. I use only 1 Tbsp. I use the Fels soap. Somehow, at least in my mind, that would work better than just plain bathsoap. I have a top loader super size I can wash a king size quit in it so I use 2 Tb spoons in a front loader u use less as u have less water then a top loader.
Just wondering if only a Tbs really works for ordinary laundry? Oh my! I just made a double batch of this laundry powder in a matter of moments. I took 2 bars of Ivory soap, cut into 8 squares each bar and froze them all for an hour or so. I tossed that into my food processor with 2 cups of Soda Ash to start and it whizzed up so quickly and easily.
I then added the 2 cups of Borax and pulsed for a few seconds to blend that in. Another user posted that they had frozen the fels-naptha and that had worked well, so I gave it a try. Thanks for the tip!!! Actually, it was probably more like 2 hours that I froze them. Next single batch I made I only froze them for just under an hour and, while it worked, it worked better and faster frozen longer. My parents have a front loader and all their towels and clothing have a musty smell and they do not use this recipe.
It is their washer. I agree, you have to get it cleaned up and get rid of the mold that is growing in your machine and leave the door cracked so it can air out and dry properly. I had this problem too. When I switched back to Tide the smell went away. And the smell was in all of my clothes. It really made me sick. It is from ur washer you need to add 2 cup vinegar to hot water run empty load then add 2 cup vin to the rinse this should clear up the issue also on a top loader u should always keep the lid open my friend keeps her front loader door cracked open too for they get smells real fast.
This issue is that this recipe is soap only. It still comes out cheaper and the smell problem is gone. My OCD husband used to close it every time he passed by, and our clothes started smelling bad. Never have had another smell problem. I just have to make sure I do an extra rinse if I use vinegar ory little one gets a little rash. Ive used Dawn to strip them and it worms great. My favorite soap is Kirks Castile. I cut it into thirds, freeze it for about a half hour, then pulse it in my food processor. Works like a charm! When my sons were small, I would rinse the diapers twice.
I would add one cup of apple cider vinegar to the final rinse. They never had diaper rash. I used 2 TBS of detergent and vinegar for the rinse. They always smelled clean. Other than having to sun bleach some bm stains gonna happen… I never had any issues with stains or smells. FYI one suggestion made on the other site was to use regular old school Dawn liquid to strip diapers when needed. Can soneone tell me where to find these items?? I went to 5 stores yesterday and no one had Borax, Zote, OR washing soda. I want to try this, but I cant waste days and gas looking for this stuff.
I get mine at WalMart also. I can find the Zote but not the Zote flakes there so far anyway. Our local Walmart also carries Zote but not the flakes here either. I live in Anaheim, CA. Save a lot has it all. I use the Zotes I like the smell of it over another. However, you smell nothing after the vinegar rinse. Any suggestions on what to add to up the fresh ness? The link for the dish detergent Matt gave you will give you the perfect recipe for that.
Have not made this soap yet but have added 20 Mule Team Borax to laundry to get body odor smells out of clothes. I use Yardley lavender or lemon verbena, no complaints from the hubby so far on the smell! You could try that:. Do you think the Yardley lavender or lemon verbena work well to clean the clothes? As well as the Fels-Naptha? You can try using more washing soda in the mixture, that should help. There are some different recipes out there. I do a liquid recipe using the same ingredients.
Dissolve grated soap in 4 cups water in pan over medium heat on stove. Stir until washing soda and borax are dissolved. Mixture will begin to gel quickly. I then use a funnel to pour the laundry detergent into two empty detergent containers this recipe makes 2 gallons of detergent — perfect for two empty detergent containers. I put the lids on after the mixture cools. You can add essential oils after it cools if you want more scent. You will need to shake the mixture before each use. Just my opinion. Hey you may have your answers already but what I do is grind it all together in my little processer for about 10 mins or more.
Seems like the longer you grind the better the bar soap becomes covered in the washing soda and borax. I use Zotes I got at save-a-lot grocery store it was 99c for a huge bar. I band ivory soap from my house years ago because it was to drying for our skin. Happy washing. Oh an important thing to remember is to use straight vinegar to the rinse for a reall clean chemical free laundry. I just tried this for the first time and WOW! I usually just use some detergent but everything usually feels kinda residuey not a word but it should be; I actually had to do a few more washes than usual cause it got out more dirt than the other stuff too!
I stirred a whole lot more than 5 minutes and even got in there with my fingers to squish it up. I cam back to the article and it looks like you may have a smaller size grater than I do. Either way it still works wonderfully chunks or soap or not! You might want to try mixing it all together in either a food processor or a Ninja blender…makes the particles all very fine.
I agree. I first used my food processor to shred the cheese — err, soap, using the shredding disc.
Then poured it into a bowl with the other powders, and put in the regular blade and poured everything back in and ground it for about a minute or less until it all turned into minuscule pieces. Worked great — no need for freezing, microwaving, or grating by hand. Actually, the clean up took longer than the actual making of the washing machine soap. Wear a mask when blending it all up bad for asthma 3. The Fels-Naptha bar smells like Pine Sol!
Hi, I was checking out your laundry powder recipe and would love to give it a try, I have also read all the comments but still have a few question. If not could anyone please let me know of a good alternative to Downy that will keep my clothes soft and static free? Many thanks!!
I was wondering if anyone has tried microwaving Dr. I hate to waste a bar of soap if someone else has already experimented. I would think if you used a soap that you knew he wasnt allergic to it would be worth a little try…you never know how people will react to certain things though so maybe make a small batch and give it a go on one of his tshirts…I am allergic to all kinds of weird things but I can do this as long as I use a soap I am not sensitive to…I use kirks coco castille its unscented…good luck.
Leanna- Thank you. I went and got all of the ingredients today. Thanks again. I am so excited to try this detergent recipe BUT, I have one question. Would I need to use the all natural bar soap to avoid the perfumes? But, besides that even if you were to use your dry weight from tablespoons to oz it would still be very off. Even with the increase of air displacement from shredding the soap.
I have been using this with Kirks Castile soap on cloth diapers and have had no problems with absorbancy. So far I have had no problems with absorbancy or smell! Ps to Matt and Betsy: Thank you for posting this recipie on your site. It made cloth diapering even MORE affordable I have only purchased 2 packs of disposables, when she was too small for thw cloth ones still and on top of the cost benefit I dont have to worry about what is in my detergent.
I do have sensitive skin myself and had tried everything comercially available…with little luck. I have had no reaction to this at all! Sorry for the rant…. Cloth Diaper Detergent soap free 1cup of oxiclean, 1cup of borax 1cup of washing soda 2 tablespoons for an average load gets them super clean. I microwave the Fels Naptha for about a minute and then in smaller segments to get it to puff up as the water is driven off. After that I run the whole mix through a food processor to blend all the ingredients and get a more uniform mix.
You might want to look for a generic brand of OxiClean. Microwave a bar of soap for 90 seconds in a glass bowl.. Once you remove from micorwave it will cool and then crumble into a fine powder if you just mash with a fork… add to your other powdered ingredients and voila! Sandie, I microwaved the Fels-Naptha and caution against it. I left it in too long 1 minute and it burned to a literal, black crisp and filled the house with a horrible, noxious cloud of fumes. The weather here was hot that day and we had the ACs running. Even so we were forced to open the doors and let out all our cool air just to get relief from the terrible fumes.
I had to set the burnt soap plate outside too until the odor went away so I could bring it in to wash. Learned that lesson the hard way! However, I have since learned to open the Fels, let it sit out a few days to dry out and run it throught the food processor. Then, of course, the processor gets thouroughly cleaned.
My man has moderate to severe psoriasis, and this detergent does NOT irritate his skin Hallelujah! It does get all of our clothes very clean even the very active 7 yo boy clothes! After the first full batch, I bought the Kindle version of the DIY Natural Cleaners book and am so happy to have a chemical free, super clean house that smells great! Thanks Matt and Betsy! I use the homemade washing power in my front loader with vineger in the bleach section and my clothes have never been cleaner!! Love it thanks so much for sharing and helping the environment!
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Ivory had perfume in it so that could be an issue but my daughter has senestive skin and as long ad I add vinugar to the rinse it gets rid of said and perfume residue but u can by soaps with no fragrance in it make sure it is soap and not a beauty bar like dove it had cream in it. And she is the only one who seems to be reacting to this recipe. I have so far only tried Ivory. Does anyone know if the other soaps mentioned are known to be better on sensitive skin?
I mean, I guess it could be the Borax too? Any suggestions or ideas? I will definitely need to try the coca castile. Happy Tuesday, Cassie. I actually had to take the bar outside to grate it! My clothes came out clean and fresh. I loved the results. You changed my life! Do you use the entire bar of Fels-naptha for this recipe? Just curious because it seems much bigger and stronger than a bar of Ivory. Hi Cassie — let us know if the microwave trick works with the Fels-Naptha. Also how do you use the powder in an HE washer? Do you disove it first? Sorry I am just full of questions.
I am very excited to try this I just wanna be sure I do it right. This stuff is great! I guess I need to complete my sentence, I do not know how much of the liguid to use in my he washer? I have read 2 spoonfuls or 1 cup? Homemade powdered detergent, 2 tablespoons. I use this recipe and it works really well. I however have issues with course powdered detergents so I put it in the blender and made it a fine powder which dissolves in hot or cold water with no problems at all.
Smells awesome going in and the clothes are not perfumed they just have a really nice fresh clean scent! I made the homemade liquid laundry soap and I love it so far. However, for some reason I still have little bits of soap in the detergent. I think I added to much water in the beginning. I covered the meat a little too completely. After about 3 hours, I got impatient and drained some liquid off to start the carmalizing. The hubs added tobasco sauce, but I thought the flavor was just right! Glad you liked it — and that it all worked out in the end. Happy eating! Glad you enjoyed it. These are SO delicious!
We ate them in a big salad topped with guacamole. Thanks for such an awesome recipe. Lovely recipe. I cooked it for my wife. Unfortunately I converted pounds to kg incorrectly and only used one pound of meat. So it was very acidic, but still a very nice flavor and after taste, will do again for sure, so easy! Will this work? Wanted to let you know I made this for the first time last night, and am eating it now with some mashed sweet potato for lunch. Dear Gawd, it is awesome.
I love to cook 9and eat , and Well Fed makes my life easy. If you do another cookbook, I will buy it. Glad you like the carnitas, too! Lol How would you recommend modifying the cayenne, black pepper, etc. Skip the cayenne the first time. It will still taste great. I added a garlic clove and an onion to the pot for flavour- the soft fried onion was great with the pork as a little extra.
Been laying the chunks over a bed of lettuce and topping with an avo, orange, red onion, and cilantro slaw. Thanks for letting me know you like it! This sounds delicious. Is the coriander in your recipe ground coriander or fresh cilantro? I am writing from Boston, MA. In the photo, you show lime and lemon wedges with the meat. After extracting the juice, do you leave them in the pan with the pork while it cooks? The lemons and limes in the photo are just to make it look pretty. The meat is cooked with only the citrus juice — not the fruit itself.
I am so sad!! I therefore added a bit more water to cook longer, and only a few little pieces fell apart — the rest is hard. So sad!! What do you think happened? Is there a reason my water evaporated so quickly? Also,, if you used a shallow pan instead of a deep pot, that would account for the water evaporating quickly.
As planned, I made this over the weekend, and it was SO good. Amazing, even. Worked just fine. Too many comments to read them all. Sorry if this is a repeat. Trying this in the pressure cooker tonight. Thought i had a stash of lemons—wrong! Substituted some juiced clementines.
Really excited about this. Guiness is the real secret. I par broil My ribs similarly — but omit broth and use beer, water mostly onions, garlic whole ok Mrs. Dash, and Bay leaves; along with your same spices plus sage. Cooked in slow cooker. For Carnitas I cook in liquid in slow cooker and when done, remove it from pot, put on cooking sheet, on high degrees to make prok crunchy.
Yum serve with cilantro, fresh diced onions, lime and salsa with tortillas. Oh, Mel! I truly love you! I am halfway through Whole30 number four since the beginning of the year, and I have been missing Mexican food. These carnitas were fantastic. I used the pressure cooker instructions, and it was super easy.
When you get done cooking the meat, the cooking liquid is left over, so I thickened it a little with some arrowroot, and had a tangy little gravy to pour over the meat. Life is good. Soooo good. I really could just eat a huge plate of this and be satisfied. So esay to cook, fast, and oh so yummers. This will now be in my regular rotation!
Hi Melissa: What are the right amounts to use if using lemon, lime, and orange juice in this recipe? You want a total of 1 cup fruit juice, so you can make that any combo of citrus juices that you desire. Do you use a cast iron skillet? When I use my skillet the juices get caramelized at the bottom and it becomes a bear to clean…any suggestions or would it be easier to use a stainless steel pan or perhaps a crockpot would be better?
Do you use your cast iron like the pictures shows or do you use more of a stock pot or smaller covered pan? WTF, who have I married?! Whipped up some roasted tomato salsa and a big bowl of guac and stuffed it all into romaine heart leaves. I want to make it again today. There was one tiny piece leftover this morning and I just ate it cold with my hands like a damned heathen. OH I forgot to mention- there was so much yummy stuff in the bottom of the pan that looked like it was going to burn, so while the pork was crisping up, I deglazed the pan with a bit of water and some of the salsa I made.
It made this thick gooey luscious tart caramelized to-die-for sauce, so after I shredded the meat, I stirred it all back in the sauce to coat it. Thank you for sharing so other readers can follow your tasty lead! Ok that sounds amazing!
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I made this tonight and it was to die for. Chicken or beef? It works really well with lamb shoulder, too. The meat was tender, tender, tender! Is it redundant to wonder if reversing the cooking order would work? Could you apply the spice rub, sear the meat, then crock pot it? I just made this today and it was delicious. The only thing I did not like was that the pork was cut into large chunks rather than standard cubes because there were threads of fat in the large chunks that did not get rendered during the initial simmer process.
I ended up cutting up the large chunks that I had simmered and fried, and re-simmering and frying small cubes to get rid of the rest of the fat. I recently ordered and recieved both your cookbooks and cannot wait to try the recipes. Quick question about this one: I dont eat pork, what other meats can i substitute? Would chicken do or should i try some boneless beef? Thanks in advance.
The meat was tender and delicious, the taste a little too sour for me. The technique is awesome though and will make these again with either broth or less citrus. Oh my, how did I miss this? I have now reserved a pastured boneless pork shoulder from a local supplier — but! Thanks, Mel! I shall now console myself and reward my patience with a ginormous pot of chocolate chili. Making it, not eating it all at once. Made the carnitas last night, was super simple AND house smelled amazing! The meat was fall apart tender and very flavorful — love the citrus flavor, will use more lime than lemon in the future.
A little on the salty side, I will omit the salt completely next time. I had one problem—by the time my water was done cooking down, the pot was black on the bottom. If you have a non-stick pan, try that next time. Not sure if you have every tried it, but I added the juice from half a grapefruit into the citrus mix in addition to the lemon and lime and it cut a little bit of the zingy edge and made it slightly sweet.
My 20 month old loved it, too! I found this recipe about 2 years ago and cook it about every couple of months or so. It is amazing! I have experimented with the spice blend and citrus flavors when I have been short on the exact ingredients. Each time it is like magic in a dutch oven.
Thanks Mel. Thanks for letting me know… happy cooking! My husband usually makes the pork carnitas, but this time our work schedules were switched, so it was my turn. The acid really does make a big difference in softening the meat.
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I want to marry myself right now. Making these tonight. I had an 8 lb butt Lord I wish it was only 8 lbs , so I used 2 pots… one with a few pieces and the bone with a butt load of meat still on it and about 3. Brought to a boil and those little suckers keep popping up above the water. I spent some time in San Antonio and Mexico, so I have missed real carnitas with the crispy outside. Thanks again Mel, you are amazing!!!
Follow up… holy balls this is good! Once all of the liquid evaporated, the meat started carmelizing very quickly. I was pulling out bits that had fallen off and shoving them in my mouth with glee! Yes, GLEE! I ended up putting the bone portion in the oven to finish off because it was taking up valuable browning room. I will post a pic to your FB page this evening. This is going to be a staple!! Double batch of mayo being made shortly as well as sunshine awesomesauce and tomorrow balls balls and more balls!
Thanks for stopping by to let me know you like the recipes. Made the Pork Carnitas tonight, It was so easy and yummy. Even my picky nine year loved it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Not only did my teeth turn black, I got a healthy coating of terribly bitter iron with each bite. It literally took off all the seasoning. Love these!!! I made these tonight in the pressure cooker it was amazing.
The whole family loved it, 4 kids and hubby. Thank you so much. This sounds amazing! Could you give some specifics about the pan, please? I use a standard chili pot. I think I died today! I ate it with cabbage, onions and sunshine sauce, I cooked them with the pressure cooker method and they were absolute fantastic!! Thank you Mel! I have a question. When I get to the last steps, where the liquid is evaporating away, the caramelized goodness sticks to the pot instead of the meat. Of course the meat still tastes fine, but I am always reduced to scraping out the yummy cracklin with my fork, leaving my pride in the dust.
Try reducing the heat during the last few minutes of cooking and gently flipping the pieces of meat with a spatula once in a while — this will prevent the meat from sticking to the pan and make sure the crispy parts are attached to the meat. Yes, it sounds like your heat was too high.
You want it to be barely bubbling to give the meat time to get tender and to slowly evaporate the water. Mine turned out very, very sour! Anyone else have this issue? I used a half cup of fresh squeezed lime juice, half cup fresh lemon juice and cups of water… Thoughts? You probably need to increase the water or reduce the amount of citrus juice. Try cutting the juice in half next time; that should do it. I have two ideas for you: 1. Acidic — Mix equal amounts lime juice and extra-virgin olive oil, then add some minced cilantro, a garlic clove, and a pinch or so of chili powder.
My sister raved about this recipe so I made it last weekend. Important note: do not use pork loin! I will try again but pork loin turns into a leather-y type substance. Pork shoulder has pockets of fat that break down and tenderize the meat as is cooks slowly. I have to tell you that this recipe is like my secret weapon! Thank you so much for this recipe! Making them right now and my two girls are doing a happy dance lol!
I put off making these for a couple months and I have no idea why? Holy smokes they are good. With avocado in lettuce wraps… sweet lord! I made a few changes, I cut slits into the meat in various places and inserted quartered garlic cloves and by accident added more cayenne. I have chowed down on them several times in the last few days and every time is a new experience. They pair well with guacamole, or pineapple, or cucumber salad. I am afraid I mistakenly shared how good these were then I had to share my special diet food!
Now she is after me to make more. Getting very concerned, my pork has been simmering for 90 min and the water is barely cooked down. I filled the pot with water to just cover the meat. I had this recipe noted since my first Whole30 last July. So sadly, it took until this week to finally make it.
I grabbed their guac recipe and made my own salad bowl. I kid you not. Thank you!!!! This will be a staple in the house! Every time I make this it takes like hours. I use a big stock pot so I wonder if that is why? Yes, the depth and width of the pot dictate how much water you need to cover the meat, and the amount of water influence how long it takes to boil down. How many pounds of pork should we is required for the recipe? For the carnitas, yes, you should probably remove the rind… but you can roast the rind in the oven to make cracklins, I think!
So good. So tasty Great crackling. Lovely tasting pork with a great salad Everyone in our house is happy. And we have leftovers. Perfect meal. Actually no partridges were harmed. It was about a layer and a half of meat with about 2 cups of water — possibly too much? Turning to sear all the pieces was tight so I went pretty fast on that part, but it seems like it was either too fast or not fast enough. Is it supposed to be kind of dry? If not, what am I doing wrong? Having said that, this recipe works best with fairly fatty pork.
If you think yours came out too dry, you might need either more liquid so it cooks even longer or less liquid so it cooks faster. It will be cooked but not probably not browned. Break the meat into hots and crisp it in a skillet. Also, you said you used two lemons and 3 limes. The citrus helps tenderize the meat, so that might have had an effect, too.
I see, thank you for explaining more! The lemon juice looked about right but definitely was low on lime juice. That factor at least is a silly issue with an easy fix, so hopefully having the proper tools will help for the next attempt. Thank you again for the input, I really want to get this one down! I have been looking for a recipe that did not require oven or frying, and this one is the best one I could find.
Came out crunchy and delicious. Closest to authentic I can get. Last week I adapted it for the electric pressure cooker, then finished it off on the stovetop. It worked well. Recently got an Instant Pot and followed the pressure cooker instructions this time. OMG so delicious!!! Save us a ton of time too. You have just elevated yourself in my eyes.
I love them too! We will definitely be making them again and again and again!! I made this on a cook up weekend that went a bit pear shaped, so I overcooked the pork and it was a quite dry. Also, the lime and lemon was over powering. Nonetheless I had all this cooked pork so I pushed on and had this on a bed of raw baby spinach, drizzled some of your garlic sauce from your plantain recipe but blended some apple into it and then finally some cucumber and pineapple salsa on top.
Best flopped cooked dish ever. On Sunday I made this for lunch — one daughter was ready to nominate for Mom of the year for making real food for lunch and the other teenager was horrified I was making dinner for lunch! I obviously need to mix things up more…. BTW — love your cookbooks and I am using them to teach the cook up strategy to my teens, so as they get off on their own — they can cook without too much fuss.
Just prepare some basics in advance while watching netflix then pull stuff out of the fridge as you get hungry. Fall apart tender, crispy bits, blasting with flavour, you have definitely outdone yourself with the spices in this recipe!! I followed it exactly something I rarely do and it came out amazing. Thank u!! This site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to amazon.
How cool is that?! Pin 7K. Share Directions: 1. What to do with pork carnitas Eat it like an animal. Pressure Cooker Instructions I had a few questions from readers about if this could be cooked in a pressure cooker. Instant Pot Instructions This is a great adaptation. I was a little worried. Posted by Melissa Joulwan April 29, IN Meats Recipes Whole TAGS: Mexican pork.
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