Edible Ash for Cheesemaking; 2 oz, 4 oz, 1 lb or 2 lb sizes

Food Grade - Sustainably sourced - Non-GMO

About This Product


EDIBLE VEGETABLE ASH (Sustainably Sourced Coconut Shell Activated Charcoal)

Certified Food Grade, Non-GMO, All Natural, Vegan

Cheesemakers can utilize edible ash, for a variety of purposes. When mixed with non-iodized salt, this Edible Vegetable Ash works to neutralize the pH on the rind of the cheese.

Vegetable ash also lengthens the time your cheese can age while protecting the rind from excessive mold growth, which is helpful when making rich, creamy cheeses with soft, bloomy rinds,such as Camembert or brie.

When making hard cheeses, it can be sprinkled between layers to create an aesthetically pleasing layer of ash.  

To use this fine, black powder to make layers in ash cheese such as Morbier, dilute with water and apply between layers during production with a roller, sponge or brush.

For cheeses with edible rinds, reduce the surface acidity on the rind by mixing with 25% non-iodized salt and sprinkling over the surface of the cheese.

The combination of salt and ash allows a longer aging process and can inhibit excess mold growth on the rind after the straining in a reusable cheese straining bag.  

The cheesemaking process doesn't require a lot of ash, so it is important to conserve your ash by storing it properly. The best way to store it is in its original packaging, sealed away from moisture, air and light. Close the bag securely after each opening, releasing excess air from the bag before sealing shut.  Ash can last up to two years when stored effectively

You can further safeguard your cheese from infection by using food sanitizers during the production process.

  • Available in 2 oz, 4 oz, 1 lb and 2 lb sizes
  • Meets food grade standards
  • non-GMO
  • Shipping cost included in price within the USA; international shipping available


Shipping included within the USA.  International shipping available.

What Our Customers Say

  • 5
    Cheese Ash - Not for the faint of heart.

    Posted by fred touchette on 10th Mar 2023

    Fast delivery, great quality! I was using this for the first time on a Humboldt Fog style goat's cheese and I'd like to pass on to you some brief wisdom. All of the warnings you read in regards to handling this stuff are true. No matter how careful you are whilst handling this ingredient seemingly meant for some dark potion of some sort, it will defeat you. Everything started off fine and as planned as I utilized a small tea ball to gently sift the ash upon my young cheese, but soon, despite all of my precautions, I quickly found myself in what appeared to be the aftermath of a towering inferno. Only the whites of my eyes and my teeth could be seen through the dust cloud that was now settling into every crevice of my kitchen ceiling to floor. My dogs left a near perfectly clean white silhouette on the walls in front of which they were standing at the time before they ran off in fear. With my previously white ceramic sink now stained pitch and my tears unable to roll from my eyes and down my cheeks, I decided it was best to abandon my home and move my cheese cave outdoors where I now live in my backyard. Tell my wife I miss her. ======== Ha! Thanks Fred! working with Ash is indeed a challenge! The Cheesemaker