The ultimate guide to beeswax wraps
The ultimate guide to beeswax wraps
There won't be much of an intro there - I just sat down and wrote EVERYTHING you need to know about the beeswax wraps. If you don't find an answer to any of your question or thought, just drop it in the comments below and I will get back to you.
So, what are beeswax wraps and what are they for?
Beeswax wraps are reusable food wraps, which are made of beeswax and fabric, and sometimes other ingredients. For example, for my beeswax wraps I use resins and oils to make the wrap durable and flexible.
Beeswax wraps are loved by zero wasters and people who try to use less non-recyclable plastic in their kitchen. At first, the wraps were used only by a small number of eco enthusiasts, but now it is slowly becoming a mainstream product.
How do I use them?
To begin with, they are very easy to use. When you take a wrap and hold it in your hands for a few seconds, it softens a little, so you could easily wrap your veggies or a sandwich, or whatever you are wrapping.
I add a little bit of pure tree resin to my wraps, so they are even more moldable and flexible.
It is super easy to use it as a bowl cover. Just put your wrap on a bowl and press it on the sides of the bowl.
There is no problem wrapping your food and then storing it in the fridge or even in the freezer. Just give it a few minutes when you take it out of the freezer before unwrapping.
Why beeswax wraps keep food fresh for longer?
Beeswax is famous for its antibacterial properties. it keeps bacteria away, also, bacteria don´t like reproduce themselves on beeswax.
Since beeswax is the main ingredient in beeswax wraps, it works like a magical shield protecting your food from going bad.
It does go bad, eventually, but much slower.
In my wraps I add a little bit of pine tree resin. This is another shield from bacteria, as pine trees are also know for their bacterial resistant properties. How to clean it so it would last as long as possible?
#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
Beeswax wraps are made of beeswax, 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 this to happen, so I would highly recommend using cold or lukewarm water to clean it.
If you were wrapping oily products like cheese and you need to clean those oil stains, use a little bit of dishwasher soap. Do not forget to rinse it well afterwards, so traces of dishwasher soap wouldn't get into your food.
#3 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.
For how long will I use my beeswax wrap?
It has hard to say for how long one should use the wrap.
Some people use it every day and very actively, so it wears out in a few months.
Some people use it occasionally or for one product (many of my customers bought my wrap just for keeping cheese), or they have few wraps, so theirs may last for half year or a even a year.
How to revive my beeswax wrap?
After a few weeks of months of using your wrap, you may notice that it has more and more folding marks. It is perfectly normal and this is how your wrap should look after regular using.
But it you would like to revive it, here is my tip:
1) Put your wrap between two sheets of baking paper;
2) Iron it for 5 seconds. The iron cannot be very hot, and don't use steam.
3) Take the papers away from your wrap, hang in on the chair or table, and let it cool for 10-15 minutes.
This is how I revive my wraps!
Do beeswax wraps go along with any kind of food?
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 beeswax wrap. 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 your beeswax wrap. 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:
Also, for sanitary reasons, as a manufacturer I am obliged to tell you not to use wraps directly with raw meat and raw fish. According to EU sanitary recommendations, all the surfaces that had direct contact with raw meat or fish has to be washed with steaming water. And you cannot do that with beeswax wraps, because they would melt down.
Can I use beeswax wraps in the freezer?
My beeswax wraps are a perfect solution 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 few minutes to adjust to the room temperature, so when I unwrap it, it unwraps nicely and smoothly. This would preserve the elasticity of the wrap so you can enjoy it for longer.
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