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:
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.
Like everything else, your Cookswell Jiko deserves regular care and maintenance. Using the right products extends the lifetime of your jiko and keeps it looking like new all year-round.
We are proud to offer an eco-friendly cleaning solution that works well to keep your investment and our beautiful Kenya in tip-top shape. This trio of eco friendly, biodegradable products is specially formulated by the amazing team at Grounded Kenya. We believe that harmful chemicals should not be applied to food or even the tools that you use to prepare your meals.
The trio includes:
A spray bottle of natural, Kenyan-made soap that works well as a regular application after food prep is completed. This rinses off well and is free from any soapy residue or fragrance.
A citrus-based degreaser that cuts through fat and oil, returning your jiko to a beautiful shine after a busy nyama choma service.
A natural scouring powder that is perfect for deep cleans, getting any grime out of crevices and hard to reach areas.
Seedball in style with our one-of-a-kind beaded slingshots. Hand beaded by expert Masai ladies near Amboseli, this is sure to set the style for your next tree planting activity. Included is one kilo of indigenous tree seedballs, which is almost 600 tree seeds!
Steps to successful seedballing:
1: Think like a tree: where would you like to grow up? Near a bit of water, free from invasive weeds and a great view of the sun
2: Get your fancy slingshot at the ready, aiming to plant trees
3: Throw … wait… and drop a map pin so you can check back later to see where your trees grow.
Check out @seedballskenya on social media to see how you and many other dedicated tree planters have distributed over 5million tree seeds in Kenya!
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.
Pure Biochar: Used to absorb moisture in compost bins or vermiculture, or to reduce odors in cat litter and livestock bedding. Alternatively, you can activate the biochar before adding to your grass or soil.
50/50 Blend: This ready-to-use biochar and compost blend is incredibly beneficial for house plants, potting soil, vegetable gardens and lawns.