How to use beeswax wraps?

How to use Beeswax wraps

Whether you’re already an avid user of beeswax wraps, or still considering the switch away from single use plastic wrap, here’s some really useful tips about how to use beeswax wraps more effectively. 

Natural beeswax wraps are pretty amazing and with the proper care and attention they will last for well over 12 months. They also provide an eco-friendly alternative to cling film and tin foil meaning they’re great for the environment. And because they’re reusable, they also save you money over time. What’s not to love? 

First, how are our beeswax wraps made?

Our reusable wraps are handmade in the Sussex countryside using only 100% natural ingredients sourced through a network of local suppliers. We also tend to use end of roll materials to minimise wastage with our suppliers. The reason why most of our packs contain randomly selected patterns.  

During production, cotton sheets are infused with a mix of Kentish rapeseed oil, pine tree resin and beeswax. We don’t use jojoba oil as we find locally grown rapeseed offers greater malleability with a much lower carbon footprint. 

This precise combination delivers a completely natural, food-safe adhesive sheet that's great for covering bowls, plates, and food items. Clingfilm and tin foil really can become a thing of the past! 

Our unique formulation took well over 12 months to develop. It was this up front tweaking that gives our 5 star rated wraps the perfect moulding and self sealing adhesive properties. Ultimately ensuring covered food is sealed tight whilst still being able to breathe.

Our blend also reduces unnecessary stickiness when handing and minimises overpowering scents sometimes associated with beeswax wraps.

Putting all this together, food stays fresher for much longer when compared to cling film and tin foil! 

And don’t just take our word for it. WHICH magazine also rated beeswax wraps better than cling film and tin foil in one of their recent food freshness tests. 

Wrap uses

From covering leftovers, to wrapping sandwiches when on the move, plus everything in between, there's so many uses for beeswax wraps. Here’s just a few:

  • Covering leftovers
  • Sealing jars without lids
  • Wrapping 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
  • Placing around cutlery in a picnic bag to stop it rattling

Beeswax wraps can also be used in the fridge or freezer. They are also easily rewaxed when the time comes. And because they’re biodegradable, you can compost them at the end of their life or use as eco-friendly firefighter.

Applying your beeswax wrap 

When it comes to using, they’re actually pretty simple. Simply Wrap, Rinse and Reuse:

  1. Unfold your wrap. To loosen, flex and fold the wrap between your fingers. It may feel a little rigid at first but it quickly loses its stiffness. 

  2. Once flexible, use the warmth of your hands to mould the wrap around the item being covered.  Body heat activates the natural adhesive which allows the wrap to seal around a bowl, plate, or stick to itself.

  3. After use, wash without scrubbing using a mild dish soap and cold water, then air dry. 

  4. Once dry, roll up to store as this minimises creases and prevents deep folds from developing. 

  5. Reuse again and again…  

A couple of rules

Our wraps are extremely robust making them incredibly versatile and easy to use. However, there are a few basic rules to ensure you get the most from the wraps.

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
  • Do not wash in hot water as this will cause the wax to melt
  • 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 wax food wraps but there are a few exceptions to this rule:

  • Since our wraps are washed in cool water, we recommend not covering raw meat or fish for food hygiene reasons.
  • We also suggest putting acidic items like lemons in a bowl first before covering. This is because citric acid can sometimes start to break down the wax over time.

 

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