If you have some or plan to get some and are struggling to work out how to use them, you aren't alone. Beeswax wraps (or vegan alternative) are easy enough to use once you know how.BEESWAX WRAPS REPLACE PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING THAT CLING WRAP OR A PLASTIC ZIP LOCK BAG DOES, BUT WITHOUT THE PETROLEUM CHEMICALS OR THE KNOWLEDGE THAT ONE LITTLE PIECE OF CLING WRAP IS PROBABLY GOING TO LIVE FOR A THOUSAND YEARS OR SO AND DEFINITELY END UP IN THE STOMACH OF SOMEONE'S FAVOURITE DOLPHIN. There are all kinds of ways to seal food and keep it fresh and there are many in the shop under Everyday Reusables. Beeswax wraps are a really easy and flexible product that can pretty much wrap anything except meat.
Essentially beeswax wraps are prefect for keeping food fresh, sealing containers or jars. They are water resistant, really strong, washable and they are relatively inexpensive. You can buy them in all shapes and sizes so you can turn them into a pocket, a pouch or simply a wrap. Whether you choose to wrap or pocket them, the seal is achieved by simply pressing the two edges that need to seal with your fingers. Beeswax has a low melt point and that is what creates the seal.Wraps are cleaned by washing them in cold water with a mild detergent like soapnuts or any other eco friendly detergent. The wraps do eventually lose their beeswax to the point where they won't seal any longer and you will need a new one, but they are a mighty fine investment for some time.You can either make them yourself or buy them in a huge range of patterns and sizes from companies like Bee Green Wraps.If you want a vegan version of beeswax wraps, buy (or make your own) wraps made with Candelila wax instead of beeswax. They are widely available from places like Biome Stores or Wrappa.
Whether you make your own beeswax wraps or buy them, another great (interim) use for them is a unique gift wrap. Instead of wrapping paper, double up any gift with an incredibly useful, reusable beeswax wrap around your gift next time - like the one in the main pic from The Inspired Little Pot.Images: Main Image - The Inspired Little Pot / Others - Bee Green Wraps | Shop Ethical | MONO & CO
Beeswax wraps make an excellent reusable gift wrap and are very easy to make. The beeswax wrap in our main pic is from The Inspired Little Pot. You can get the recipe for the wraps in her latest book, The Inspired Little Gift Book, use our recipe or we found this simpler one on One Million Women.
If you are vegan, just replace beeswax with candelila wax.