How to use beeswax wraps?
Whether you’re already an avid user of our beeswax wraps, or still considering the switch away from single use plastics; here's some really useful information that will help you learn more about using our amazing beeswax wraps.
How they're made
Our reusable wraps are handmade in the Sussex countryside using only 100% natural ingredients sourced through a network of local suppliers. We also only use end of roll materials to minimise wastage with our suppliers - this is why our packs predominantly contain random patterns.
During production, cotton sheets are infused with a mix of Kentish rapeseed oil, pine resin and beeswax. This precise combination delivers a completely natural, food-safe adhesive sheet that's great for covering food and kitchen items, making clingfilm a thing of the past!
Our unique formulation took well over a year to develop. It was this up-front trialling, tweaking and titivating that now gives our 5 star rated wraps the perfect self-sealing adhesive and moulding properties, ensuring your food is sealed tight but also able to breath.
Putting all this together, it ultimately means your food stays fresher for much longer when compared to clingfilm!
Our blend also reduces any unnecessary stickiness when handing, whilst minimising any overpowering scents that might sometimes be associated with beeswax wraps.
Positively, they can also be used in the fridge or freezer and are easily be rewaxed when the time comes. Also, because they’re biodegradable, you can simply compost them at the end of their life, or you can use them as eco-friendly BBQ firefighters.
From covering leftovers, to wrapping sandwiches when on the move, plus everything in between, there's so many uses for your wraps - here’s a few below:
- Covering leftovers in the fridge or freezer
- Sealing jars without lids
- Wrapping kids packed lunches
- Wrapping a cheese board
- Keeping salads or cut vegetables fresh
- Covering bread
- Proving dough
- Using as a gripper when opening tight jars
You could even consider:
- Wrapping up your toothbrush to keep it clean when travelling
- Keeping your soap contained in your wash bag
- Keeping an open bottle of wine fresh
- Using as a grip to open tight jars
- Using as an eco-friendly firefighter when your wrap reaches the end of it’s life
- Placing around cutlery in a picnic bag to stop it rattling
Applying your wrap
When it comes to using - they’re actually pretty simple:
1. Unfold your wrap. To loosen it up, simply flex and fold between your fingers. It may be a feel a little rigid at first, but it will quickly lose its stiffness.
2. Once flexible, use the heat from your hands to mould the wrap around the item you are covering.
3. Your body heat will by now have activated the natural adhesive allowing it to self seal around a bowl or plate, or secure to itself.
A couple of rules
Our wraps are extremely robust making them incredibly versatile, but there are a few points to note to ensure you get the most from them.
Beeswax and heat
Beeswax melts at a very low temperature meaning too much heat will melt the wax off the wrap. If this does happen however you can simply rewax your wraps. As a result we recommend the following:
- Do not cover anything hot
- Hand wash in cold water only
- Do not use in a microwave or oven
Avoid naked flames too. Beeswax is extremely flammable - this is why they make excellent firelighters when they reach the end of their life.
What not to cover
You can cover almost anything with our wraps but there are a few exceptions to this rule:
- Since our wraps are washed in cold water, we recommend not covering raw meat or fish for food hygiene purposes.
- We also suggest putting acidic items such as lemons in a bowl first before covering as the acid can start to breakdown the wax over time.