Baker farm raises rare Gloucestershire pigs (GALLERY)

Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM.

"The pigs are acorn vacuums," Grundel said. "They love 'em. Forage pigs raised on acorns make great lard."

Very little of a slaughtered Hilltop Farm pig goes to waste. Meat is sold to a waiting list of customers, and fat is rendered into lard for cooking and soap making.

Soap making

Grundel makes scented soaps in a large cast-iron Dutch oven in the family's kitchen. As lard combines with lye and water, it produces soap and glycerol, which Grundel leaves in the soap.

"It has a moisturizing effect," he said.

Saturday morning, Grundel produced several dozen bars of lavender soap in less than an hour. As the mixture in the pot reached the right thickness, it was immediately ladled into molds.

"Sometimes it thickens so fast that he's yelling, "Bonnie, come help!'" his wife said.

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