A Quick “how to” for Bees Wax Wraps
Bees Wax Wraps have become part of my day to day life, as silly as that sounds. I have a nice little collection now that are pretty much constantly in use and I know to how to use them and how to clean them.
What I forget is that others are still testing the water with them and therefore have a lot of questions – I’m hoping to answer some of those here.
When I’m out doing fairs and markets, the wax wraps usually receive the most attention – a lot is curiosity but others already have some at home and are raving to their friends and family about how good they are.
Here are some of the more common questions I’m asked:
How do they work? Well, that’s quite straight forward. When you get a new wrap you should scrunch it up in your hands gently as this ‘relaxes’ the fabric. New wraps are very stiff and therefore quite difficult to mould around things. To mould them round food/plates/bowls, you simply use the warmth from your hands to soften the wax and they ‘stick’ to whatever it is you are using them on. The wraps have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties helping keep things clean and reducing risks of contamination. Beeswax is also waterproof, yet still breathable, protecting your food from getting wet or wilted while locking in moisture, flavour and freshness.
What are they made from? Made with certified food grade beeswax, natural tree resin and organic jojoba oil infused into 100% cotton fabric.
What can you use them on? This could be a long answer but the short version is…..anything!! The only things to avoid are raw meat and hot food! These wax wraps are a perfect way to ditch the cling film, foil, plastic sandwich bags and more. With many uses (including folding to make little snack pockets), you need never waste time finding the end of a roll of cling film again! And your fridge will look so much more colourful too! You can use them to wrap left over fruit and veg (think half an onion or avocado), cover bowls and plates, jars, tins, cheese boards, bread, cake……the list really is endless.
What size do I need? That entirely depends on what you think you’ll use them for. They come in various different pack sizes so you can pick and choose what will work for you.
- Smalls Wraps (4 in a pack 16x16cm) – great for veg savers (half a lemon, onion, cucumber etc), tins, jars and ramekin dishes.
- 2 Pack Wraps (Medium, Large) – medium is good for cheese, herbs, fruit, cereal bowls, jars, snacks. Large for large bowls, plates, sandwiches, cheeseboards and more.
- 3 Pack Wraps (Small, Medium, Large) – small for veg savers, small bowls and jars. Medium is good for cheese, herbs, fruit, cereal bowls, jars, snacks. Large for large bowls, plates, sandwiches, cheeseboards and more.
- XXL Wrap – (45x55cm) – Bread, Serving Bowls, Dinner Plates, Large Cheese Boards. You can also cut these up into your own custom sizes.
How do I clean the wrap? To clean your wraps you simply need to wipe or immerse in cold/warm soapy water and then hang to dry naturally.
What happens when they lose their stick? After a while the wraps may need refreshing but this is easy to do. Place the wrap on grease proof paper in the oven at 100°C. Once it has re-melted after 1-3 minutes, carefully take it out by its corners and hang it up quickly before the wax dries. You can also buy a wax wrap refresher bar here, to keep them going even longer.
Are they vegan friendly? No, Bees Wax Wraps are not vegan but vegan wraps are more popular and available from other retailers.
What do I do with the wraps at the end of their life? The wraps are biodegradable so once finished with, cut up and compost. Beeswax wraps can last up to 12 months and maybe longer. It depends on how much you use them, and how well you take care of them. Keep away from heat sources (such as the oven, microwave, dishwasher, full sun on a hot day or anything hot enough to melt wax). Beeswax melts at around 62-62°C, but it begins to soften before that.
Hopefully this will really help you to start (or continue) using your wax wraps. They are a wonderful thing and are so much better than the plastic alternatives!