How to take care of your beeswax wrap so it lasts longer?
If you are reading this, you probably own a beeswax wrap. Congratulations! Not only your food is fresher and tastier, but you are contributing to a better and healthier place we all live in.
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In this short post I am gonna share my 6 tips how to take care of your Cerawrap beeswax wrap. Following these ideas will help you to prolong your wrap's life, therefore saves you some extra cash and allows you to enjoy your purchase for longer.
#1 Use cotton cloth for regular cleaning
Even though Cerawraps are designed in a way you could wash them over running water, honestly, you do not need to do that every time you use it. If you wrap, let's say, bread or cookies, there would be only breadcrumbs or some traces of flour left on your wrap. To clean those, simply use a damp cloth of cotton fabric. It will take you a few seconds to have your wrap clean and ready to use again and again.
#2 Wash it with lukewarm water
Cerawraps are made of beeswax (duh...), and beeswax melts at the temperature of ±62 °C or ±144 °F. So, really hot water would simply melt your beeswax wrap down. We do not want it to happen, so I would highly recommend using cold or lukewarm water to clean it.
If you were wrappning oily products like cheese and you need to clean those oil stains, use a little bit of dishwasher. Do not forget to rinse it well afterwards, so traces of dishwasher soap wouldn't get into your food.
#3 Keep it away from citruses!
There are many pictures on Pinterest where people photograph their DIY beeswax wraps together with lime fruits or lemons :) Even though it looks good in the pictures, in the reality I wouldn't recommend you wrapping lemon halves in your Cerawrap. Acids are not good friends with beeswax, and the direct contact with it would slowly harm your wrap. Putting it in other words, acids would simply eat your wrap bite by bite...
But what to do if you were baking a lemon pie and have a few of those lime halves left?
My advice is to put them in a bowl and then cover it with Cerawrap. It will help to keep your lemons fresh without harming your wrap with acidic juice.
Keep in mind that lemons are not the only acidic fruits. Here I made a short list of fruits that are acidic as well:
#4 Avoid hot surfaces
Above in this post I have already mentioned that beeswax melting temperature is ±62 °C or ±144 °F. So, never use your wrap in the oven or microwave. It would simply melt your wrap down in seconds. Also, try to keep it away from hot surfaces, like hot stove or pots.
Wanna cover your leftovers with Cerawrap? Great idea, but let the bowl cool down a little, if it's hot, before you cover it with your beeswax wrap.
#5 Rubbing and soaking
Cold, lukewarm water is totally fine with the product, and some gentle rubbing wouldn't do any harm as the product is durable. Yet, if you want to keep it in the best possible condition for the longest period of time - while cleaning, use gentle materials. A piece of cotton fabric cloth is perfect. But those metal sponges is a strict nono. It would only harm the wrap.
Also, you do not need to soak it in water to clean it. Few seconds under running water is perfectly fine.
If you were wrapping cheese and want to take away a few oil traces, use a drop of a dishwasher soap instead of rubbing the wrap. But do not forget to rinse it well afterwards.
#6 Give it a few minutes after taking it off the fridge
Cerawrap is a perfect wrap to keep your food not only on your shelves or in the fridge, but it also does the job in the freezer. Personally, I keep dough wrapped in Cerawrap and then put it in the freezer (to save the time I make larger batches of dough and then I consume it over few weeks).
When I take the dough out of the freezer, I do not unwrap it instantly. I give it a few minutes to adjust to the room temperature, so when I unwrap it, it unwraps nicely and smootly. This would preserve the elasticity of the wrap so you can enjoy it for longer.
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