I try to be as earth-conscious and eco-friendly as I can in my home. I am sure there are plenty of things I could be doing better. We recycle and try not to use a lot single-use plastic material for storing our food. We have reusable zip-lock bags that work great for storing Abbie’s fruit. We have glass containers for leftovers. A about a year ago, I was looking for something to replace plastic wrap/aluminum foil and found beeswax wraps.
Just like freezer meals, I don’t think everyone will like this product or want to use it in their home. However, I have grown to like them quite a bit. I wanted to share with you a little of what I have learned about beeswax wraps. The pros and cons. And how I use them in my home.
First of all, and probably not the top of the list for most people, but the wraps are beautiful. I love opening my fridge and seeing bright colors and playful prints. I don’t know. It makes me happy. Most people are probably more concerned if they are clean and safe to use. 🙂 So far, I have not had any problems, but of course, like anything, there are pros and cons.
When you open a pack for the first time, you have to crinkle them up to warm up the wax. Once you do this, you pretty much form them around any container. You can press and manipulate them to create a seal. We use our wraps for everything from covering half-used cat food cans, to sealing a creamer I dropped, shattering the cap. We also use them when we bake bread to cover dough while it’s rising. I don’t have a photo of this, but I have also used them to simply wrap half an onion or a block of cheese.
To clean, I simply use cold water to rinse them off. I find that I rarely get any food product on the wraps, as they only touch the containers, but if I do, they rinse off well. However, you don’t want to use hot water, as it might melt the wax and they won’t last as long. To store, I simply fold them up and put them in a drawer. They take up very little space.
I did a little research before I invested in buying these and most sites say they last about a year, at which point they can be recycled, composted or even use as fire starters. I have not used them in the freezer. They are not recommended for use with raw meat.
I find the stickiness factor to be strong and holds even in the cold temperature of the refrigerator. I love using my wraps and find pressing the wax fabric to make a seal very satisfying. 🙂 Anyways, let me know if you have any questions. HERE is a link if you are interested in seeing some of the ones we have in our store for sale. We have a wider variety in the store than we do on our website, so if you are here picking up some apples, check them out. The patterned fabrics seem to sell better, but I love the boldness of the solid fabrics as well.
I hope you enjoyed this little review of beeswax wraps. Have a great week and comment below if you have ever used wraps like this and what you thought!