What Are they
A Beeswax wrap, also known as a reusable wrap is a piece of fabric (usually cotton) coated in a beeswax mixture and dried. It can be used to preserve food, cover dishes, as well as other uses. The heat of the hands help mould it either around food or to cover a plate, bowl or other type of container that has no lid.
They are mainly used as a more sustainable alternative to cling film or foil as they are plastic free and can be washed and reused.
What Are They Made From
They are usually made from 100% cotton which is coated with a mix of beeswax oil often jojoba and/ or coconut and a pine type rosin.
There are also vegan versions that do not use beeswax.
Why Do I Need Them
The wraps are a good alternative on the fight to reduce plastic in particular to reduce single use plastic. They replace foil and cling film particularly in food preservation. The wraps therefore help to reduce food waste as well as single use plastic waste. They take up very little room, so a great space saver compared to plastic or other containers.
How Do I Use Them
The wraps are simple to use. They use the warmth of your hands to become pliable and slightly sticky enabling you to mould the fabric around a food item such as bread, fruit a block of hard cheese or a sandwich. The fabric can be stretched and stuck over an opened tin or another plate or container to keep it air tight. They can be made into a pocket or cone for dried food/snacks or fruit.
It is not advisable to use them on meat.
It can be beneficial to colour code them. For example keeping the same colour for dairy products and another colour for vegetables.
Once used they can be washed in a mild detergent at a cool temperature and hung to air dry. They dry quickly.