If you have made beeswax wraps, or you have bought one of the many popular brands of honey food wraps, you need to know how to care for them properly so that they will last well.
How long will a beeswax wrap last?
Beeswax food wraps should last about a year with regular use as long is it is cared for properly.
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How do you use a beeswax wrap?
If you followed my popular beeswax wrap recipe correctly, the wraps should be almost sticky to the touch and be soft and pliable at a warm room temperature.
If your room is cold, or you live at higher altitudes, your wraps may not be so soft and sticky until you warm them with your hands.
The challenge is getting just the right amount of mixture on the wraps that it doesn’t flake off, but it has enough that it sticks to itself.
Place the wrap over the bowl and warm and mould the wrap so that it shapes and sticks. It will firm up in the fridge.
If you are wrapping food, use it in the same manner that you would wax paper or cling film.
How to clean beeswax wraps
Once you have finished with your wrap, fold it carefully and take it home to be cleaned.
If it was just crumbs from a sandwidge, you can just brush them off and pop your wrap away to use another day.
If your beeswax wrap got a bit grubby while being used, that sneaky mayo decided it would go everywhere or the cheese got a bit stinky you can wash it.
You can either submerge the wrap in some cool water using a mild detergent and wash it that way.
Or you can wipe both sides of the cloth with a clean, cool damp dish cloth.
Do not wring the beeswax wrap out!
Hang somewhere until fully dry and then fold carefully and store it back in the drawer for next time.
What to not put in your beeswax food wrap
You cannot use your food wrap for raw meats or anything that may leech in to the cloth.
Some oils and sauces may stain your food wrap, but your food will stay fresh.
Don’t forget that beeswax wraps don’t like the heat so avoid dishwashers, microwaves, and ovens
Cooked meats, deli meats and cheese are all OK to wrap in beeswax wraps.
Replenishing a beeswax wrap
If you are finding your wraps aren’t quite as awesome as they once were, you can refresh them by placing them in a warm over 150C/300F on a tin foil lined tray for 3-5 minutes.
This will re-distrubute the waxes.
If you feel that it really is too dry, you can paint on a little more of the DIY beeswax wraps mixture before baking.
What to do with a beeswax wrap when they are old and finished
Eventually there will be salvaging the wraps and it will be time to make some new ones.
If you were clever and used 100% cotton when you made your beeswax wraps, they are totally compostable.
You can either
- Bury the wraps in the ground
- Add them to an active compost pile
- Cut them in to strips and use them as fire lighters (beeswax burns well)
If you have bought beeswax wraps in the past and would like to try to make your own, check out this recipe here.