Beeswax Food Storage Care and Use
Beeswax wraps can be used just as you would plastic wrap by moulding it around food, containers, or bowls. The beauty of these wraps, though, is because they are stiffer than plastic wrap you aren't going to be fighting with flimsy wrap sticking to itself before you get it in place, light pressure will shape the wrap around the item and allow the resin to create a seal around containers and food. Beeswax wraps are not to be used for wrapping all types of food though; for example, raw meat, raw fish or other wet food items such as watermelon but you can put them in a bowl or container and cover with the wrap. Beeswax wraps can be used for a variety of other uses, they can be folded into a pouch or bowl to hold loose items, wrapped around the bottom of a bouquet of flowers, or even as a water cup
For those times when you wish you didn't have to fold your wraps into a pouch to hold snacks or loose items, we also offer a selection of beeswax bags with flat bottoms and boxed corners that you can simply fill and fold the top to tightly seal. These bags replace nearly all functions of a plastic zip-top bag for pantry or fridge storage.
We will be posting videos and pictograms of some of the cooler things you can do with your wraps in the near future but in the meantime you can search a variety of ways to use them online.
Cleaning your wraps is easy; start by simply rinsing the wrap under cold water, using a gentle brushing motion with your hand to remove any remaining particles and, if that worked, stop there. This is generally all I find necessary to clean my own wraps at home if they've only been used to cover a bowl, or wrap something dry.
If there are stubborn bits that won't come off with just gentle hand pressure, it is safe to use a gentle, softer bristle brush and even a bit of soap if necessary. While I don't necessarily find it necessary to go this far even if I've wrapped something with a bit of moisture to it, I will use this method to remove some more stubborn bits, like pecan husks, or if I've wrapped something with a stronger odour, such as onion or even cucumber.
As these wraps cannot be washed with hot water it is not recommended to use them for meat products as the juices and grease can penetrate the wraps and soil them irreparably. You may also notice, especially with the light colour of our natural cotton wraps, that staining that would be hidden by darker colours or patterns is more visible, and because you aren't able to wash these in the same way you would a cloth you won't be able to remove the stain except through use but they will reman safe to use.
Whether you've been using your wraps for a while and they've started to lose their stickiness and you just need to refresh them a bit, or you'd really like to use beeswax wraps but want to do them yourself we've got you covered with our beeswax wrap DIY refresher block. Each package comes with 75g of our special blend of locally sourced beeswax, resin, and oils, enough to keep your wraps going for years to come until the fabric itself wears out, or make approximately five (5) of your own at home.
You can simply grate some of a refresher block onto the wrap that you would like to refresh. Pop it into a low oven for a few minutes and then your wrap will be as good as new. Check back for tutorials on refreshing your wraps throughout their life, making them yourself, and other tips and tutorials.
Making your own wraps at home is a great fun and interactive activity for kids to teach them about sustainable options, but sourcing all of the materials and figuring out which recipe to use can be a bit intimidating so we've done all the work for you testing out various formulas and ingredients over the last five years to come up with a blend that we think provides the perfect blend of breathable seal, pliability and stickiness so you can make a product that is actually useful and your kids can be proud to show off in their school lunch everyday and say "I made this!"
Check out our DIY Beeswax Wrap Refresher Blocks