The two initial most well-paired foods that alerted us to it's prowess, the main well-trodden gateways if you will, are cheese and eggs. Every form of egg, every type of cheese. It doesn't just add to them, it TRANSFORMS them. They are the chilli oil's best friends.
It also goes just as spectacularly with fish, honestly. Try it with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and I assure you that dish will enter a new dimension.
The chilli oil also heightens other foods in the same way, whether it's fried rice, pasta, dumplings, curries, risotto, tacos, soups, salads.. It's sort of more now what we don't use it with. It really does go well with everything.
It was a learning curve, mixing and matching until we finally got it right. We have to a degree, standardised the process. But as it's homemade and supply can be inconsistent, plus there's every chance that Yok Chan will go rogue, there's a tiny possibility that some batches might be hotter or milder.
It has however paved the way for variations of YCCO, so watch this space.
We are currently waiting for lab tests for actual shelf life dates for our product in particular. For now we've looked at similar products and used similar use by dates (which was approved by our food safety consultancy).
However before you get to the blissful, wonderful joy of opening a new jar, store unopened jars in a cool, dry place. Our use by date is normally seven months after production.
However as we use ingredients sourced from larger suppliers that have 'may contain' warnings, plus the chilli oil is handmade in a home kitchen, we cannot guarantee it is 100% free from a specific allergen.
Therefore with the ingredients sourced, the chilli oil may contain traces of wheat, soya, treenuts, peanuts, sesame, milk products, mustard, celery and sulphites. Although great care is taken to control any cross contamination risks.
It's still being debated if products that have precautionary statements such as “may contain milk etc..” can be classed as ‘vegan’. Even though a few organisations say that products with 'may contain..' items can be classed as vegan, for now we've decided to be as transparent as possible and let the customer decide based on the info provided.
That said, YCCO is suitable for vegetarians.
However as the chilli oil uses ingredients sourced from larger suppliers that have 'may contain' warnings regarding tree nuts and peanuts, plus is handmade in a home kitchen, we cannot guarantee it is 100% free from nuts. Although great care is taken to control any cross contamination risks.
Though as the chilli oil uses ingredients sourced from larger suppliers that have 'may contain' warnings regarding wheat, plus allergens are present on site in our home kitchen, we can't guarantee our product is 100% free from gluten. Although great care is taken to control any cross contamination risks.
It's not clear as to whether or not using ingredients with 'may contain wheat/barley/rye' warnings can be classed as gluten-free, so we've not classed it as gluten-free for now, letting the customer decide based on our info.
We currently use plain boxes and packing material due to costs, but one day we might create more bespoke and branded material, which is still sustainable.
We definitely want to ship to the EU/internationally in the future, in which I'm hoping that when we look into it, it will turn out to be quite easy.
We recommend using the Royal Mail 48 tracked shipping method as it's quite cheap and will most of time get there in two working days. It's also tracked, which is always a bonus.
Ah. So we've had instances where jars leaked in transit which resulted in oil getting everywhere, ruining everything! As a quick workaround, we implemented this temporary but also primitive solution to eliminate leakages. It’s worked so far but we’re very aware that it’s not ideal, unprofessional looking and frankly a bit of a pain.
Until we've got a better sealing or packaging process, we need to seal the jars somehow to minimise leakages. Weighing it up, it’s better temporarily having this albeit ugly solution, instead of packages arriving with oil everywhere. This is our main conundrum and we will endeavour to improve this where we can in 2024.
But hey we're very chuffed that it's finally here! For all of your browsing enjoyment.
Adding that postage to the different jar quantities, it works out as follows:
In tandem with more economical shipping rates, plus free shipping currently for purchases £35+, there is a sweet spot in terms what's the most value for money:
We also acknowledge that this isn't ideal for first time buyers/those who just want to try our product, but it's unfortunately how it works with shipping rates and other factors. We're quite sure however that once you try one jar, if you come back, you'll be ordering more.
*market research was extensive searching of online stores, plus a few brick and mortar stores
For some combinations, the shipping rate combines the shipping rate of the bundles as opposed to adding up the weight to give an accurate postage price. It does it as follows:
Accurate real postage
3 jars plus 1 jar postage = 4 jars, therefore equalling £3.29 Tracked 48 shipping.
Website current postage
3 jars plus 1 jar postage = 3 jars postage (£3.29) + 1 jar postage (£3.29, calculating at £6.58 Tracked 48 shipping.
This mainly occurs with smaller bundle combos that are below £35 and don't trigger free postage, and combinations using Tracked 24 rates (which we do not include as an option for free postage).
We therefore advise that if you're ordering multiple bundles, either order them one at a time or tally up the quantity and order a larger bundle that equals the same as the multiple bundles. We apologise for any inconvenience but it's the best we can do for now!