Pure Ash for Cheesemaking - various sizes

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Suitable for vegetarians.

The use of Ash (also known as vegetable charcoal) is an integral part of the cheesemaker's art and is a vital component in producing the stunning coatings that are found, for example, on many European goats' cheeses. Historically, ash that used to be applied to cheese once came directly from a fire and was mixed with salt before use. The addition of a black vein of ash running right through a cheese looks truly amazing - Morbier cheese from France and Humboldt Fog from California both use the ash in this way – and to stunning effect!

French cheeses, such as the Pyramid shaped Valençay as well as Selles-sur-Cher and Saint Mauré or the Italian Sottocenere al Tartufo all use the Black Ash as an external coating and many artisanal English cheeses now sport a beautiful ash coating too.

Apart from giving the cheese a superb visual appearance, coating the outside with Ash also has significant benefits. For example, many cheeses become quite acidic during their maturing process and this can prevent the cheese ripening properly and fulfilling its potential, both in terms of texture and flavour.

Ash is alkaline and so neutralises the excess acidity, helping the cheese mature completely. In addition, the vegetable charcoal can soak up any whey on the surface, allowing the cheese to dry more rapidly. The ash also helps the surface of the cheese to become more hospitable to the growth of surface-ripening moulds such as the white Pen. Candidum, allowing the final product to have a subtle, complex flavour that is complemented with a delicate pale grey rind. 

Solid black odourless powder made from high temperature steam activated charcoal from selected grades of coconut shell. The charcoal used is NSF 61 certified and EN 12903 approved. Complies with EU directive 2008/128/EC establishing the criteria specific purity concerning colours for use in foodstuffs (E153)

Please note this ash is pure and does not contain any salt.

Salt ash is also available in our online store.

Allergens List for Ash

Allergen 

Yes

No

Cereals Containing Gluten


X

Eggs


X

Fish


X

Peanuts


X

Soybeans


X

Milk (Including Lactose)


X

Nuts

X


Celery


X

Mustard


X

Sesame


X

Sulphur Dioxide and Sulphites (10mg / kg)


X

Crustaceans And Shellfish


X

Molluscs


X

Lupins


X

 


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