DITCH THE PLASTIC WRAP
Wrap jars, bowls, cups, cans, snacks, and leftovers with these pliable and beautiful beeswax wraps by Bee Kitchen!
We are sure you have been seeing this in friend’s kitchens or around town, but not sure what they are exactly or how you should use them? No problem. Here is a brief breakdown of why these wraps should be added to your household supplies and ingenious ways on how to use them outside of the kitchen!
What is Beeswax Wrap?
Beeswax wrap is a reusable and sustainable alternative to plastic wrap, single-use plastic and aluminum foil. It has the ability to counteract environmental issues such as pollution and food wastage in addition to protecting your health from the toxins which can leach into your food from being wrapped in such products.
Why Use them?
Beeswax wrap’s are biodegradable, compostable, and reusable. Their main use is food preservation. It is breathable and allows food to stay fresh for longer, reducing food wastage. Yay! Can’t beat that. Additionally, beeswax is antibacterial and antimicrobial so it creates a protective coating over your food.
How do you care for them?
Beeswax wrap’s are easy to care for. Just wash with cold water and a mild soap then let air dry. Note… hot water can cause the beeswax to melt, so refrain from putting them in the dishwasher, microwave, oven or over hot food or hot bowls. Because they cannot be washed with hot water, the use of beeswax wraps for meat and fish is not recommended.
Are they only used in the kitchen?
Absolutely not! Not only do they cut down on waste in the kitchen, but they can be used around the house in other ingenious ways! Here is a list of 10 ways to make that beeswax can help make your home zero waste.
1. Wrap half an avocado/lemon/lime/apple to save for later
Never know how to wrap that half avocado? Fruits come in odd shapes and cutting can make those shapes even odder. Not only is plastic food wrap bad for the environment, but it also does a poor job of sealing and sticking around sliced fruits and veg and is made up of endocrine inhibitors. Wax wraps, on the other hand, are naturally tacky and flexible, hugging the shape of your sliced apple, onion or avocado and creating a seal that keeps it fresher, longer.
2. Pack a sandwich, burrito, or wrap for the road
Want to pack a wrap or burrito for the road? Just wrap it in beeswax and keep it clean and fresh and easy to eat while on the run.
3. Fold into a pocket to store a snack
Bee Kitchen Wraps also make neat to-go containers. Fold them into a little pouch or pocket for some nuts to snack on or seal away your treats for your next stroll with the pup. Better for the environment than a single-use baggie (and ultimately cheaper too!), fold small or large wraps to pack any kind of snack.
4. Replace single-use plastic in your packed lunch
Step it up beyond snacking and use wax wraps as a pouch for your sandwich or to wrap up those leftovers and take to school or the office. The best part? If you’ve packed your own silverware to cut down on using plastic cutlery, you can wrap up your dirty spoon and fork in the wrap to keep your bag clean until they can be washed later at home. Yay!
5. Wrap around a bar of soap, perfume, or toothbrush while traveling or for yoga class
Switched to soap bars for use on the road? Instead of storing them in a messy plastic bag, use your reusable eco food wrap. They’ll take up next to no room in your backpack or luggage and there’s zero chance of any product spillage over your clothes. Even if your soap or shampoo are still wet and sudsy, the beeswax wraps stick to themselves to keep everything sealed in.
6. Cover the top of mason jars
Mason jars are great, but the lids can have a habit of disappearing. Wax wraps create a nice, tight seal around glass containers, so they’re perfect for covering and wrapping around the mouth of mason jars of any size. Whether you’re storing things in the fridge or you’ve got jars fermenting in the pantry, wax wraps will keep the contents contained. Just be sure to use a larger wrap to seal down the sides if the contents might build up pressure.
7. Cover the top of bottles or carafes when dining outdoors
Carafes and bottles don’t always have tops and packing for a picnic can be a hassle. Wax wraps create a watertight seal and make outdoor dining a breeze. Saving the last bit of wine to finish at home? Don’t fiddle around with jamming the cork back into the bottle, your wax wrap will do the trick.
8. Can’t find a wine stopper? Use it to cover your wine and refrigerate
9. Line your refrigerator shelves for easy cleaning
Sometimes you want to line your refrigerator or food containers with something that can be more easily washed. Wax wraps are perfect for the task! They stick and seal to surfaces and create a waterproof bottom in any container. When it’s time to tidy up, just peel away and wash.
10. Cover your laundry detergent bottle
Loose the lid or want to keep your laundry detergent from leaking? Simply fold the beeswax wrap over the laundry discharge spout and voila! No mess.