I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, and I’ve been trying to figure out how best to store my produce, from glass and plastic containers to aluminum foil and Saran wrap, and I thought I’d tried just about everything until I heard about beeswax wrap.
I was initially hesitant because of the cost: basically, beeswax is expensive. But, knowing that it was an eco-friendly and sustainable option, I finally decided to give it a try.
What is a bee wrap?
Think of it as a food wrapper that you can wash, reuse and eventually recycle.Bee’s Wrap is made entirely of sustainable products: beeswax, jojoba oil, tree resin and organic cotton. The first and most important ingredient comes from sustainably managed beehives, and beeswax wrap biodegradable packaging is made from 100% recycled paper.
What really makes beeswax wrap eco-friendly is that you can reuse the sheets for up to a year. They will eventually start to lose their stickiness, but when that happens, you can compost them or wrap them around a fire starter and use them as an igniter.
How big are the sheets
Using the heat you have on hand, you can shape Bee’s Wrap to fit a variety of bowls and food containers.
You can purchase a variety of wraps at Green Wrap including three sizes.
Small , Medium and Large , our company also offers special wraps for bread and sandwiches. Plus, since the wraps are made of wax, you can easily cut them to fit your needs.
How does it work?
The wraps seal with the warmth of your hands as you press and wrap them around your food. It takes a few tries to get an idea of the pressure used and the number of seconds to press.
I do think beeswax wrap keeps food fresher than cling wrap or aluminum foil. I definitely noticed that when I stored my peppers in Bee’s Wrap, they lasted longer and were crisper, and, as I mentioned before, I was surprised that my avocados only browned slightly after a few days in the fridge.
For the most part, I use glass containers to prepare meals and use beeswax wrap to store cut products that I want to use later. It should be noted that the company does not recommend using the wrap for raw meat. Some frozen items are also best avoided in beeswax wrap.
Cleaning beeswax wrap is easy – I use a little soap and wipe each sheet with a sponge, then run it under cold water (hot water will melt the wax). Although the company sells special drying racks, I found that my dish rack worked fine.
You may experience some staining issues; a red onion left a small purple mark on one of my sheets, but after a few cleanings it eventually disappeared.
When you first open a box of beeswax wraps, the smell is strong. I’m sensitive to smells, so this really bothered me; it took me a week or two to notice the smell every time I walked into the kitchen.
Even after a month or so of using and cleaning the wraps, you can still smell the wax – just more faintly. Thankfully, the smell doesn’t seem to rub off on the food.
I’ve been using beeswax Wrap for a few months now and my sheets are still holding up. They are softer and still seal tightly together. I really don’t feel the need to use plastic wrap or aluminum foil to store food, as beeswax wrap seems to keep the produce fresh. I also like the fact that you can compost it when it runs out.
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