How To Use Beeswax Wraps
Beeswax wraps are an increasingly popular alternative to plastic wrap. They are flexible and stick to themselves like plastic wrap, but there are some key differences we want you to know so that you understand how to best use them.
Using your wraps
Unlike plastic wrap, which creates an impassable barrier for air and moisture, beeswax wraps are breathable. This means that air can get to whatever you’re trying to store, which makes a big difference in how long you can store food (see our other article on our food storage test)! When air can reach an item, it is likely to dry out more quickly, which is a problem if you’re trying to store produce or other items with a lot of water in them.
With that in mind, here are some tips for using your beeswax wraps:
- Use them for dried goods like nuts and cheese
- Try covering bowls of leftovers
- Use them to replace plastic to-go containers for solid items like nuts and sandwiches—they can make a tidy packet for transporting food!
- Stick to short-term storage for produce: 1–2 days
- Warm them up to get them to stick. For best effects, work them in your hands for a minute before applying
Cleaning and maintenance
One of the benefits of beeswax wraps is that they can be used over and over again. Simply clean them with cool soapy water between uses. (Hot water will cause the wax layer to come off faster, so cold is better!) If you do notice your beeswax wraps starting to lose their stick or becoming thin, you can re-coat them at home using the recipe and process outlined in this article on how to make your own.
While reuse is always a good option and finding alternatives to plastic wrap is important, beeswax wraps do have their limitations. If you want to store cut produce for longer than a couple of days we have found Food Huggers work great for that.
Some people swear by beeswax wraps; in the end, it comes down to your own lifestyle and food storage needs.
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