Welsh Homestead Smokery
“We are thrilled to welcome family run, artisan smokery Welsh Homestead Smokery to Discover Delicious. Creating delicious, smoky flavours from their small holding in West Wales, the family have embraced the essence of nature, farming and sustainability and we are excited to share their wonderful products with you.”
On our homestead in the hills of West Wales we create artisan smoky food magic infusing unusual flavour combinations with the simple taste and
smell of wood smoke. We left the busy South East of England and took on the challenge of this three acre smallholding in the Wild West of Wales in January 2016. Everything we produce is lovingly smoked here on the homestead, in small batches by us. We hope we have created some unusual flavour combinations to add interest to your dishes and to add that bit of smoky food magic.
We had long been searching for a place to give us the space to try out our ideas and give us the opportunity to pool our skills, knowledge and backgrounds in order to create a life for our family that embraced the essence of nature, farming and self-sufficiency. Part of this exploration of small holding life involved growing and storing as much food as possible. Claire had, for many years, been preserving food. Making jams, chutneys, pickles and bacon in her family kitchen. The shelves of her pantry always were (and still are!) lined with many jars of everything from canned tomatoes to piccalilli! Smoking different foods began to play a part in this food preservation and so the smokery began to evolve, combining Claire’s passions for preservation of food, flavour and fun.
As we progressed along our path in creating our artisan smokehouse we knew that we needed to keep within our ethos of sustainable living. Here on our homestead, we have a borehole and our very own private water supply which brings us pure water from nearly 100ft below us. We also source our ingredients as locally as possible to reduce food miles and our packaging is another way in which we have attempted to support our ethos of sustainability. We wanted to be as responsible and sustainable as possible but we needed solutions that were also safe for raw meat and also airtight for salt and herbs and therefore, we have tried to use paper, cardboard, glass, compostable plastics, tins and wool where possible – please either re-use or recycle these as much as you can! We want all of our bacon to reach you in tip-top condition and part of this was to find a temperature controlled packaging solution which was as sustainable as possible. WoolCool fitted the bill with their range of UK manufactured, wool insulated packaging envelopes.
"We believe in sourcing as many of our ingredients as locally as possible and have worked hard to find some really amazing suppliers to provide us with the best of ingredients for our products. We have tried to keep our food miles as small as possible and use local, family run suppliers to put our money back into local economies where we know every order makes a difference!"
Claire Jesse, Co-Founder and Cooking Enthusiast