It's a Wrap - Using and Caring for your Beeswax Food Wraps

Posted by Hillary Miller on

Its a wrap

I love beeswax wraps. Firstly they're colourful, lovely and gorgeous but also they're really really useful.  With lots of designs and sizes to choose from you're bound to find ones you love.

Or of you're creative there's also the option to make your own wrap with these great DIY sets. Ideal for you or as a gift.

 

HOW TO USE THEM

Wraps are great for keeping food fresh and avoiding the dreaded cling film. They also have a few fab non-food uses too.

Because of their waxy nature you just need to squidge the edges around the bowl or a sandwich etc and with the heat from your hands they will happily stick to themselves and keep your food fresh. Easy!

Here's a just a few ways they come in handy:

  • Wrapping sandwiches
  • Covering bowls
  • Keeping cheese fresh
  • Wrapping cut fruit such as apples, avocados etc
  • Covering any leftover wine in the bottle (although I'm still trying to work out what leftover wine is!!)
  • Proving dough
  • Wrapping soap and shampoo bars when you're travelling
  • Fire lighters (once they're at the end of their life)

 

DO'S AND DON'TS

To make sure your wraps last as long as they can here are a few do's and don'ts for looking after them.

It's tempting to use hot water to clean them but DON'T do this as the wax will melt and ruin the wrap.

Instead use cool soapy water and gently wipe the wraps then hang them up to air dry (not on the radiator or by the fire though!)

Avoid using on raw meat or fish as you can risk cross contamination.

Don't use them in the microwave or dishwasher but you can use them in the fridge and freezer.

 

MAKE YOUR OWN

If you're feeling crafty you can make your own wraps with cotton and a beeswax refresher bar

Or grab yourself one of these super cute DIY kits if it's your first time. Each kit contains enough material for three wraps, mini wax bars, a brush and some baking parchment. All you need is time, love and a cheese grater!

These also make a great eco gift for friends and family.

 

HOW TO REFRESH THEM

When your wraps start to get a bit tired you can easily refresh them by putting them in the oven.

Place the wrap on top of some parchment paper on a baking tray and set the oven on low (around 70C - 100C).

Put the tray in the oven for two to three minutes which should be enough to melt the wax and allow it to redistribute. Keep a close eye on it and don't leave them unattended as they can be flammable.

Once you've taken it out of the oven it will still be very hot so carefully hold it by the corners (you could use some tongs) and wave it around till it cools.

If the wrap has started to loose it's wax you can use a refresher bar to give it a bit more life. Grate some of the bar evenly across the wrap (it's best to grate when the bar is cold, perhaps pop it in the fridge for a couple of hours first) and place the wrap in the oven as above. You may need to use a brush (ideally a dedicated one) to help distribute the wax as it melts.

There are so many great designs out there the hardest part really is choosing which one.


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