Those of you who ordered a September Box will have received in it a lovely beeswax wrap from our fabulous friends at Goldilocks Wraps.
We realize that not everyone will be familiar with beeswax wraps or how to use and care for them, so we thought we'd write a little post to teach you more about this plastic-free alternative.
Many of the points below are borrowed from our friends at Goldilocks. We figured that since they're the experts in this area, why reinvent the wheel?
Beeswax Wrap FAQ
What is a beeswax wrap?
An all natural, eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap.
What are they made with?
Beeswax, tree resins, jojoba oil and 100% cotton.
What do I use them for?
The main purpose of reusable beeswax wraps is to preserve food, but you are only limited by your creativity! Some common uses include:
- fruit, veggies, + herbs
- bowls + plates
- & more!
For more creative ideas, follow Goldilocks Wraps on Instagram.
How do I clean/care for them?
Here are five key tips from the folks at Goldilocks:
1. USE COLD WATER
One of the biggest factors that will affect the longevity of your wrap is hot water. Using hot water will start to de-saturate or pull the wax away from the cotton, meaning it will start to crack and crumble. Clearly, that is not something we want.
So be sure to use cold water as much as you can. Depending on what you have wrapped, you can simply wipe the beeswax wrap down with a damp cloth, or you can use some soap suds from a mild dish detergent and rinse with cold water.
2. NO MICROWAVE
Although plastic wrap is not actually intended for microwave use, this became a popular method out of convenience. Microwaving your wrap may make your kitchen smell awesome, but unfortunately your food and wrap will be wrecked. Probably not worth it.
3. LET LEFTOVERS COOL
Are you noticing a trend yet? Heat and wax are not friends. Goldilocks wraps are perfect for preserving leftovers, but if it's a hot dish just let it cool off to room temperature before you cover it up.
If you've never used beeswax wraps before, or if you're trying to get family members in the house to switch over, we recommend keeping them in a basket or bowl on the counter for the first while. Everyone seems to have that drawer that things go into and never come back out of, right? We are creatures of habit and out of sight, out of mind is a real thing. Once you find you are using your wraps instinctually, feel free to keep them in a cupboard or drawer.
5. WHEN IN DOUBT
Treat them like your skin. Anything that is hard or drying on your hands (heat, harsh detergents, etc) will likely also be hard on your wraps. They are strong and durable as well, so don't be scared to bunch them up into a ball, press and mould them with the heat of your hands to hold a shape and get them to do what you want.
How long do they last?
For the average person about a year is typical. (Psst... Good Stuff founder, Vanessa, has had her first set of wraps for over two years).
What do I do with them after?
When they loose their stickiness, you can use them like a wax paper. Once they're beyond the point of no return, you can compost them or use them as fire starters.
How do I get them to stick?
In order to "activate" the wrap and to get it to be at it's prime "stickiness", we recommend also using the heat of your hands in order to warm the wax up before you use them. This involves maneuvering the wrap between your fingers and using the heat of your hands to help it stick to the edge of whatever surface you're trying to adhere it to.
How will you use your beeswax wrap? Be sure to post your photos and tag us using @goodstuffsubbox and @goldilockswraps so we can see you putting your wraps to good use