About African Forest:
African Forest is a holistic agro-forestry social enterprise, founded in 2006, and based on the edge of Soysambu Conservancy, a 22,000 ha ranch surrounding Lake Elementeita, in the Rift Valley. African Forest has a 60 ha plot on the edge of the ranch, where they have an indigenous organic tree nursery and seed centre and trial plantations of Planet Positive Forestry. They also produce and promote, in conjunction with the local communities, sustainable NTFP’s (non-timber forest products) including herbal medicines. Services include plantation establishment and management, reforestation and sustainable development planning and implementation, as well as assistance in raising green finance.
Wildly Good Eco Charcoal
This eco-friendly hardwood charcoal is fired in specially made kilns to give a hotter burning coal. Sustainably harvested on a managed conservancy near Nakuru, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this charcoal go back to the local community to promote reforestation projects.
The perfect fuel to roast, toast, grill or bake in your Cookswell Oven!
About African Forest:
Our charcoal lighter chimney is the easiest, quickest & cleanest way to light charcoal for your jiko. Simply fill the Chimney Starter with your choice of charcoal, place newspaper underneath the grate and light it on fire. The fire rises through the holes in the grate and the “chimney effect” causes the charcoal to light from the bottom all the way up to the top. In just 10 – 20 minutes your charcoal will be hot and ready. Carefully pour the hot coals into the clay liner of your Cookswell jiko and you are ready to go!
These hand carved cutting boards are perfect for your stylish kitchen. Made of sustainable Neem wood (Swahili Name: Mwarubaini; Latin Name: Azadirachta indica), this is a durable and quality chopping board. Lightly oiled and ready for use, each board varies in design.
Cut into an easy to use chunk format, these sticks are made from seasonal prunings from Kenyan trees grown without the use of harmful chemicals. 4 to 5 pieces will smoke for about an hour, and there is no need to soak prior to using.
How to use:
Place a small handful of Cookswell Smoking Wood in the removeable tray that catches the ashes below the liner. When hot coals fall through the holes, they will slowly smolder the wood to produce high-quality smoke for meats, veggies and more! Alternatively and for more smoke production, place a few sticks directly onto the coals in the oven, and cover with a bit of ash.
Remember to keep your oven clean if you also plan to use it for baking. The smoke buildup from each use will impart a smoky flavor to the other dishes that you prepare. Each bag is approximately 500gms in weight.
About our wood varieties:
Plum: sweet smoke with a slightly spicy flavour, well rounded
Peach: sweet, fruity flavour, ideal for white meat, seafood and small game birds
African Pepper Bark: pungent peppery taste, renowned for it’s use as a valued plant in traditional medicine
Meru Oak: slightly sweet vanilla-tinged flavour, suited to smoking all types of meat and vegetables
African Olive: lighter than mesquite with a milder smoke flavour, particularly delicious on Mediterranean style dishes
Mathenge Mesquite: bold, complex and earthy, suited to dark meat and veggies.
New eco-charcoal now in stock! We now have the amazing Soul Coal leleshwa bush charcoal harvested from fire breaks at Ol Ari Nyiro conservancy in Laikipia County. This charcoal supports local community members as well as controlling the spread of the invasive Leleshwa plant. Perfect for your daily bbq and baking needs, burns hot and clean.