So what exactly are Beeswax Wraps?
Beeswax wraps are a reusable/compostable option used in place of plastic wrap to cover and wrap foods like cheese, fruits, veggies and sandwiches (pretty much anything other than meat). They are typically made from material like cotton that is infused with beeswax , jojoba oil and tree resin to give the wraps that flexible tacky sticky texture. Beeswax wraps can be folded and molded to fit different storage containers and made into snack bowls for on the go. and they are super easy to care for.
How does one use Beeswax wraps?
It’s super easy. With just the warmth of your hands, you simply press the wrap around bowls, jars, dishes, or food like cheese, vegetables, greens, bread, fruit, fresh herbs, and baked goods. They can be molded easily, and can even be folded into different shaped and bags (see below).
Step 1 – find and unfold a beeswax wrap of a size you think will work. Step 2 – Crumple or shake just very gently, this helps to soften the wrap. They come in a variety of sizes from ones you can use to cover a small mason jar to giant sheets that can cover a whole melon. This makes them a perfect alternative to sandwich bags when packing lunches or snacks too.
How do you clean your Beeswax wraps?
Caring for your beeswax wraps is just as easy as using them. First it’s important to wash your wrap with water that’s cold/lukewarm.
Use colder water to stiffen the wrap, the beeswax coating will stiffen, providing a stable surface to clean. Then simply wash using a little liquid dish soap and rinse.
Avoid using any plastic or metal scrub brushes and treat gently to extend the life of your wraps.
When your beeswax wraps are worn out and no longer usable you can skip the trash and simply put it into your compost bin.
Remember to keep them away from heat. Never use them in the microwave or dishwasher. Let dishes and foods cool down to room temperature before wrapping. Do not use on raw meats or fish. Cooked meats and deli meats are fine. They can go either in the fridge or freezer.
More Ideas for using your Beeswax Wraps
Fold your wax wraps for snacks on the go.