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How To Use Beeswax Wraps

alexandra vrabec

The secret of how to use beeswax food wraps is in your hands. No, seriously, it really is.  It's all about the  warmth of your hands! By giving your wax wraps a little massage first (or smashing them into a ball), you help warm up and soften the wax and then it will cool into whatever shape you give it. But, what can use you beeswax wraps for and how do you take care of them?
 

Arghhh, size dilemmas...

Make sure you pick the right size beeswax wrap for the items you’re preserving. A small wrap (7" x 8") is perfect for cut veggie snacks, avocados, a handful of dry snacks, fruit and to go on top of jars. A medium wrap (10" x 11") is good for cheese, larger servings of snacks, half a sandwich, medium bowls, veggies, and baked goods. And large wraps (12" x 14") are ideal for full sandwiches, larger fruits and veggies, bread, flowers, cheese and larger bowls or dishes.


It's sticky though...

The coating on the wraps is self-adhesive, so you just need to warm them with your hands and form them. They’ll stick to themselves, even creating a tight seal on a water glass (don't show your kids, I repeat... don't show your kids).  So whether you like to pinch, roll or squish the edges together, your snacks are safe will be safe!


What about washing?

Wash your beeswax wraps under cool or cold water with mild dish soap. The wax will start to melt away under hot water (including your dishwasher) and alcohol will break down the natural coating. Give them a nice wash and then let them either air dry on your dish rack or if you need them right away, a quick pat with a dish towel.


Worried about smells & stains?

Beeswax is a natural deodorizer, so you don’t need to worry about onions leaving behind a smell like they can with plastic containers. Wrapping up a pomegranate or topping off a curry? They might lend some of their beautiful colours to your wraps, but it's all good.

 

Freezer safe?

While wraps are great in the fridge as long as you’d like, try not to freeze them for more than a month. Looking for a zero waste deep-freeze option? A lot of people don’t know you can freeze glass containers. Just make sure the contents are completely cooled before freezing and that you leave a nice about of headspace for it to expand into as it freezes.


Say no to raw meat though...

While your cooked chicken leftovers and deli meat lunches are perfect candidates for beeswax foods wraps, you’ll want to avoid wrapping up any uncooked meats. Instead, try storing them in a glass container.


Give your wraps some TLC, okay?!

Treat your wraps with love and they’ll keep loving you back. Each wrap lasts anywhere from 6 months to a year, depending on how often you use them. So keep them clean, let them dry and store them flat and you’ll have wraps at your disposal (or not, get it?!) whenever you have an avocado to save or a sandwich to take with you.  


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