If you are just getting started on your zero-waste journey or are new to beeswax food wrap storage, this article will quickly help you learn how to use beeswax wraps.
First off, what is beeswax wrap?
Beeswax wrap is an eco-friendly way to store foods in a natural and safe way without leeching toxic plastic chemicals into your food. The best part is, unlike single-use disposable plastic, you can wrap, wash and reuse again and again! Our beeswax wraps are made with 100% cotton fabric, beeswax, jojoba oil, and pine resin. The beeswax and jojoba oil have natural antibacterial properties and water repelling characteristics to keep your food fresh. The tree resin helps the wrap cling to itself so that you can easily wrap anything from fruit, vegetables, cheese and bowls.
How to wrap
1. To activate or not to activate: When you first receive your wrap, you can choose to "activate" it or leave it as is. Your wrap will be a bit tacky and if you "activate" your wrap it will become more so. The tackiness of the wrap will help it stick to bowls, plates, glasses, etc. If you'd like a less tacky wrap, you can chose to not activate it.
2. Get wrapping: Now you're ready to wrap! You can choose to wrap it directly around food as you would plastic cling wrap, you can wrap a bowl, lemon, sandwich, half of an avocado, cheese or just about anything you'd like! You can even try your hand at beeswax wrap "oragami" and fold into snack pouches and envelopes to hold crackers, nuts and other treats, replacing the need for plastic zip storage bags. You can even use the wraps in the freezer! Just make sure not to wrap things like raw meat, seafood or poultry.
1. AVOID ALL SOURCES OF HEAT: Beeswax is wax so it will melt when exposed to or near any source of heat. So do not use in the microwave, around hot plates, over a hot bowl of soup or wash in hot water as it will ruin the wraps.
2. WASH WITH MILD SOAP AND COLD WATER: Again, use cold water and wash with a mild, natural soap. Avoid scrubbing with an abrasive brush, or rubbing the beeswax wrap against itself. Simply use your hand or a soft sponge, air dry then store in a cool, dry spot. Now your wrap is ready for the next use!
3. HOW TO COMPOST: With proper care, your beeswax wraps can for months. At the end of the wrap's lifecycle, you will notice it will become thinner and won't stick to itself as well as it used to. At this point, you can cut it up into small strips and place in your compost. There's nothing more beautiful than a closed-loop product cycle!
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