Bees Wax Wraps
What are Bees Wax Wraps
Bees wax wraps are a natural alternative to cling wrap. The wraps are made from 100% cotton, bees wax and coconut oil. They are reusable, biodegradable, and compostable, unlike the soft plastics we use daily. Bees wax has anti- microbial qualities. (Antimicrobial products kill or slow the spread of microorganisms. Microorganisms include bacteria, viruses and fungi such as mold and mildew).
What’s wrong with Cling wrap
Plastics have become a growing problem in our environment. Plastics never biodegrades. It just breaks into smaller and smaller pieces. Every piece of plastic ever made still exist today. A vast amount of plastic waste ends up in our water ways and is consumed by marine life. Consequently we may be eating contaminated fish.
Cling wrap is one plastic that is rarely recycled. This is because it melts at a different temperature to regular recycled plastics and can cause serious problem to the machinery. I watched a recent series on the ABC called War on Waste. It was a shameful insight into the disposable society we have become.
How to use a bees wax wrap
When using a beeswax wrap you cover your bowl, container or shape around cheese, avocado half, food item then use the heat of your hands to gently mould the wrap in place. Refrigerate and your food is in a healthy, breathable environment allowing gasses to pass through the cotton wrap, preserving your food from spoiling prematurely.
I did an experiment last week, where I wrapped a piece of fresh bread in a wrap. I left it on the kitchen bench for four days. When I opened up the parcel, the bread was still soft and no mould or mildew.
After use, just wipe over with cool soapy water and air dry. It is not recommended to use on meat as you can’t use hot water on them. (It will melt the wax).
After time creases in your wrap may cause cracks and reduce the sealing properties. To restore a wrap you can place it in-between two sheets of baking paper and on a very low heat iron the wrap. This works to slightly melt the wax and blends it across the fabric. Or alternatively you can re-set the wax, by putting it into the oven at 100°C on a tray lined with baking paper, for about 3-4 minutes or until wax has melted.
Carefully remove from the oven and allow the liquid wax to set for a fresh & revived warp. You can roll the wraps to store instead of folding them if desired. Depending on how frequently they’re used, they can last for up to a year.
We can all do our bit!
Our plastic problem is huge and will take a long time to improve. But we can all start thinking about the impact our habits are making on our environment. Hopefully we can take small steps in changing our acceptance of our disposable society.