Beeswax wraps – otherwise waxed food wrappers – is a natural alternative to food film in our home kitchen.
What is a beeswax wrap, how to use it and how to care for it?
The beeswax wrap is made of natural cotton fabric covered with natural beeswax.
It may also contain Jojoba oil, coconut oil or pine gum rosin. Because of these natural ingredients, beeswax wraps are breathable, so food covered with such linen breathes. In addition, beeswax and jojoba oil give the canvas an antibacterial effect, so the food stays fresh longer.
Use of beeswax wrap
To cover the bowl, simply wrap it in a beeswax cloth and hold it between your hands for a few minutes to allow the cloth to warm up from the heat of your hands and take the shape of the bowl and stick to the walls. The wrap sticks better to a smooth surface than to a canvas. It is also better to use a larger canvas so that would be enough to cover the entire desired surface and still allow the fabric to stick to the walls.
Beeswax canvas can be used in many ways:
- Cover food in bowls or plates;
- Wrap sandwiches;
- Wrap various pastries;
- Wrapping half an onion, apple or avocado;
- Covering the cheese;
- And everything else you can use plastic wrap for!
Beeswax wrap care
However, if scratches appear on the wax layer of the canvas, this can be corrected:
- Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius;
- Place a piece of baking paper or (if you do not use paper) unwanted cloth in the baking tray;
- Put the wax cloth in the tray;
- Store in a preheated oven for up to 5 minutes;
- Remove from the oven and carefully (it will be hot!) remove the wax cloth from the baking tray and soak in the air for about 20 seconds or until the wax is no longer wet.
- Well, your canvas is like new!
How to clean beeswax wrap?
Just wash your hands with warm (not hot) water. If necessary, use a mild detergent and a sponge, but do not scrape or drill. After washing, wipe lightly with a kitchen towel.
For how long beeswax wrap can be used?
The wrap used and maintained in this way will be valid for a really long time, a year or even longer. After that, the wax wears off and the wrapper is not as moisture-proof or sticky.
In summary, what are the benefits of beeswax wraps?
- Easy to use;
- Has antibacterial properties;
- Food stays fresh longer;
- Can be used in a variety of ways;
- 100% natural ingredients;
- Without plastic;
- Naturally biodegradable;
- Financially rewarding;
Try natural beeswax wraps – this will help reduce plastic pollution – you can just re-wax, compost or burn it after use.