Beeswax wraps are a fantastic way of reducing the plastic waste in the kitchen, I know in my kitchen we haven’t yet managed the art of cooking just the right amount and often have a few leftovers which go in the fridge for tomorrow’s lunch. Nothing goes to waste but keeping that practice up can easily lead into a mountain of cling film wrap being used to cover bowls or wrapped around food, used once and thrown away that cling film can last up to 500 years.
After seeing the recent popularity around these we wanted to put together a complete guide on how to use, clean and keep your beeswax wraps in their best shape to get the most out of them and help you to reduce the clingfilm thrown away from your home every day.
This was one of the first zero waste switches that I made in my life and I’m happy to report it’s been a resounding success. I was using Clingfilm every single day to individually wrap my lunch up, as a bit of grazer in the morning I like to have some nuts or tomatoes ready to snack on and it was these little packets of food which I thought would be hard to replace with beeswax. I didn’t quite have faith that the tacky material would wrap around the food and keep it safe from spilling out, to my surprise these wraps really hold their shape, which is especially useful when covering dishes you just place them over the top of the bowl and crimp with your fingers around the edges.
How to use your beeswax wrap.
By using the warmth of your hands to wrap Bee’s Wrap around a bowl or over a piece of fruit or veg.
When the Beeswax wrap cools in a couple of seconds it will hold the shape and seal. Use them to wrap up cheese, bread, fruit, vegetables, fresh herbs, and baked goods
How to clean and maintaining your wraps
Wash your Beeswax wrap in cool water with a mild washing up liquid. Avoid using hot water as this can melt some of the wax and wash it away. Allow to air dry, fold and keep in a drawer.
Once you’ve used these for a couple of months you might notice that’s the wraps lose their ability to mould around shapes, simply lay them down on a piece of baking parchment and place in an oven on a low heat for 2 – 3 minutes. This is just long enough to melt the wax back into the cracks and will renew your wrap to be as good as new.
After a year of constant use you’ll notice the wrap starting to looking thin and can only be reheated so many times before the wax is worn away through use. Luckily beeswax wraps are compostable so simply cut up into strips and add them into the compost bin. If you enjoy a BBQ or an open fire they can also be used as firestarters.
The best beeswax wraps
Its fantastic to see an ever growing market for these tacky plastic reducing wraps, with many being sold in the zero waste shops across the country and increasingly found in farmers markets. We’ve put together a short guide to some of the best you can find online, choosing only those that source from sustainably grown organic cotton.
This locally produced beeswax wrap is made down in Stroud, Gloucestershire and uses locally produced beeswax and organic jojoba oil and pine resin. They even did a Surfers Against Sewage print to raise money for the charity but you’ll need to contact them directly to see if they have any of those charity wraps still for sale.
You can buy these wraps o Amazon or at many local events around Gloucestershire. I personally have the Lunch Pack and have been completely sold on them since.
One for the kids or the young at heart, these are bright and colourful animal print beeswax wraps, they are certified organic cotton, jojoba oil and bees wax. Absolutely ideal for wrapping the school lunch up in and getting kids into the zero waste habit early.
Set of 3 large wraps 33x35cm with a pretty beeswax print, they are ideal sized to store half a melon or cover whole baked goods. Bees Wrap wraps are hand made using only organic cotton and sustainably harvested Bees wax and organic johoba oil. This product is certified to the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS).
The Beeginers set includes a small (20 x 20 cm), medium (26 x 26 cm) and larger (33 x 33 cm) wraps which all use only organic ingredients. With GOTS certified 100% cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax and organic coconut oil and golden tree resin and even the packaging is 100% recycled paper.