Beeswax Food Wraps FAQ - Making & Maintaining
BEESWAX WRAPS FAQ
MAKING, CARING & CLEANING REUSABLE FOOD WRAPS
Here's our list of most commonly asked questions about Beeswax Wraps.
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What material should I use to make my Beeswax Wraps?
We recommend a fairly loose-weave, 100% cotton material to make your beeswax wraps as it's natural and breathes.
Using a thick cotton (e.g. calico) will still work but will absorb a lot more beeswax mix.
On the other side, thin material will also work but as it can’t hold as much beeswax mix it will likely wear out quicker.
Quilting fabrics work well and come in beautiful colours and co-coordinating designs, but recycle your old (but clean) cotton sheets, pillow cases and tea towels.
Why use Beeswax Wraps?
Single-use plastic is an environmental disaster and has a huge toxic impact on humans, animals, waterways and the ocean. Worldwide reliance on plastic is overwhelming our planet, by 2050 our oceans will contain more plastic by weight than fish!
Beeswax wraps are an environmentally friendly alternative that can be used for 6-12 months and then either re-waxed or composted when the beeswax coating has worn off.
How to use a Beeswax Wrap?
Place the beeswax wrap over the top of the item you’re covering and allow the warmth of your hands to mould the wrap around it, sealing it into place.
What can I use my Beeswax Wraps for?
So many things!!
- Use beeswax wraps instead of cling wrap to cover leftovers in bowls, plates or cups etc. Remove the wrap before reheating the food.
- For work or school lunches, use beeswax wraps to cover cut up or peeled pieces of fruit and vegetable.
- For smaller foods such us nuts, raisins and sultanas etc, make up little bundles using square wraps. Or, get crafty and make little beeswax wrap bags by waxing your cloth first and hand sewing along the edges to make little bags. Easy for little hands to open and close too.
- Wrap whole vegetable such as zucchini and cucumbers in a beeswax wrap to keep them fresher for longer. Once cut, use a little wrap to cover the cut end and they will stay fresher for longer.
- Use a small wrap to cover the end of a banana where it was cut from the bunch, it will keep fresher for longer.
- Make yourself a large beeswax bag and store your fresh bread, rolls, pastries.
- Use them in the freezer when food prepping ready-to-go snacks such as cakes and sandwiches.
- If you’re travelling, use a small wrap to cover the head of your tooth brush rather than an using a plastic cover.
- Carry wet soap or a face washer in a wrap, unlike a plastic bag, the beeswax wrap breathes so wet items wont got soggy or smelly.
- These are just a few ideas, it’s amazing what you can use wraps for. The possibilities are endless!
What Beeswax Wraps can't do?
Because wraps can't be washed in hot water, they are not recommended for wrapping raw meat or fish.
You can use your wraps for strong smelling foods such as onions for example, but the smell will likely remain. You can always have a dedicated onion wrap!
How do you clean Beeswax Wraps?
Clean your wraps by wiping over with a warm, damp cloth or gently swished in the kitchen sink filled with warm water and a mild, natural detergent. Rinse in fresh water and allow to dry thoroughly before storing.
Do not use abrasive cloths or too hot water as it may remove the beeswax coating from the material.
Why is there no resin/rosin in this Beeswax Wrap mix?
We make our wrap mix resin-free to provide an alternative for people who suffer from allergies and for those who are concerned about the possible food safety issues of resin coming into contact with food.
Other uses of Beeswax Wrap Blocks
These blocks can also be used in your sewing basket for running over embroidery threads, on spinning wheel drive belts and in archery on your bowstrings, and anywhere you'd like to add resistance or tackiness.
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