Ten things you need to know about Beeswax Wraps

Ten things you need to know about Beeswax Wraps

  1. How long do beeswax wraps last?

It all depends on how often you use them but assuming you use them daily and that they are properly cared for, beeswax wraps can last for 12 months.  There are a few do’s and don’t about using beeswax wraps which you should be aware of.  For example, avoid exposure to heat and try not to use them on sharp objects that might pierce or damage the beeswax coating. However, provided you care and store them properly, your beeswax wraps will be a sustainable and convenient alternative to plastic wrap for many months – and make multiple savings on food in the process!

“I bought your wraps 3-4 years ago and they are still going strong and keeping veggies fresh!” (Amanda, QLD)

  1. Will beeswax wraps make my food taste or smell funny?

The short answer is no! Pure beeswax is non-toxic and has next to no scent or flavour, so it won’t transfer any taste to your food. In fact, many people find that their food actually tastes better when stored in beeswax wraps because the natural properties of the wax help to preserve the flavour and freshness of the food. So if you’re looking for a way to reduce your plastic use without sacrificing taste, beeswax wraps are definitely worth a try!

However, it’s worth noting that some brands of beeswax wraps use pine resin in their blend, and these do have a smell of pine which you may or may not mind.  Bear in mind that some people are also allergic to pine, so please check if this may affect you. 

There are hypoallergenic brands, such as Waxiwraps, which do not use pine resin and instead use a superior Dammar resin which is odourless and FDA-approved for food contact.

  1. Should my beeswax wrap be sticky?

Some people are sceptical of beeswax wraps because they are perceived to be too sticky to the touch. Firstly, let’s just say, stickiness is not a bad thing! That’s how you know they are working properly! But, of course, it’s all about how sticky they are……and this can vary from brand to brand.  The real sticking power of beeswax wraps comes largely from the tree resin added to the beeswax blend.  But here’s the deal……every company has its own special blend recipe and although they all tend to use similar ingredients (i.e. beeswax, resin and natural oils), the ratios can vary, so some brands can feel stickier than others.   

The real secret is to create a wrap that is only really sticky after you activate it. You can do that in two ways.  The first is to scrunch up the wrap into a ball, which heats up the beeswax and makes it more pliable.  If you don’t want to do that, you can simply fold the wrap around or over the food you are protecting, and then use the warmth of your hands.  The heat generated will soften the wax and make it pliable, making it sticky and creating the seal that you want.  As it cools and hardens, the seal should stay firm, keeping your food fresh.   So, in short, don’t be afraid of a little stickiness – it’s all part of the process.

“Waxiwraps are much better quality than other brands.  I have found that other wraps are too sticky on my hands and the wax comes off when cleaning.  Waxiwraps last a lot longer and are easier to keep clean, and also stick to bowls and plates better too.”   (Emma, WA)

  1. How will beeswax wraps keep my food fresh for longer?

If you’re looking for a more sustainable and natural alternative to plastic wrap, beeswax wrap is a great option. When applied over food, beeswax wraps help to create a natural barrier that prevents oxygen and moisture outside from getting in and spoiling the food.  At the same time, the beeswax also helps to retain moisture inside the wrapped food, keeping fruits and vegetables hydrated and preventing them from drying out.  

Moreover, beeswax has antibacterial and antifungal properties which also help to keep mould and bacteria from growing on the food. This is why beeswax wraps can keep food fresh for longer than other storage methods. 

Beeswax also has a natural ability to adhere to smooth surfaces such as plates and bowls, which is why it is perfect for creating a snug seal over food platters and bowls. 

“I buy a LOT less cling wrap now.  Food wrapped in Waxiwraps really does stay fresher for longer.  They are also great for wrapping up wraps and sandwiches for lunch.”  (Katy, WA)

  1. What foods should you NOT use beeswax wraps with?

When it comes to food storage, beeswax wraps are a popular eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap. However, there are some types of food that are not well suited for beeswax wraps. For one thing, fish and raw meat is best kept in an airtight container to prevent bacteria from growing. The porous nature of beeswax wraps can also allow meat to drip and contaminate other food. 

In addition, foods that are highly acidic or high in fat or oil can affect the properties of the beeswax, causing it to melt and making the wraps less effective. For these reasons, it’s best to avoid using beeswax wraps for fish, meat or other oily foods.

  1. Can I put my beeswax wraps in the microwave?

Beeswax wraps are a popular eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap, but many people are unsure of how to care for them. One common question is whether beeswax wraps can be used in the microwave. The answer is NO.   Avoid exposing your beeswax wrap to direct heat, as this can cause the wax to melt and potentially damage the wrap and shorten its lifespan.  

The same applies to washing your wraps under warm or hot water, or using your wraps to cover food when it is still hot – all of which should be avoided.  To clean your wraps, you should use cold or tepid water, with a dash of mild detergent from time to time.

  1. Should I wash beeswax wraps before use?

Most people don’t think twice about washing their hands or kitchen countertops before preparing food. The same goes for beeswax wraps!  Hygiene is always paramount.  While beeswax wraps are naturally antibacterial, it is still important to give them a quick rinse in cold water before using them for the first time, much like anything else for the kitchen. This will help to remove any potential contaminants from the surface of the wrap.

To wash a beeswax wrap, simply rinse it in cool water and let it air dry. Avoid using hot water or soap, as this can damage the wax. Once the wrap is rinsed and dry, it is ready to use. By taking a few minutes to wash your beeswax wraps before use, you can help to ensure that they are totally clean and ready to go over your food.

  1. How many times can you use a beeswax wrap?

Unlike other food wrappers, beeswax wraps can be used again and again. In fact, with proper care, your beeswax wrap can last for well over a year. 

To extend the life of your beeswax wrap, avoid exposing it to heat and don’t use it to wrap meat or other oily foods. These can cause the wax to break down and become less effective at sealing in food.  Instead, use your beeswax wrap to wrap cheese, fruits, vegetables, and bread. When you’re not using it, store your beeswax wrap in a cool, dry place. Don’t leave them sitting in direct sunlight or close to an oven or stovetop.  And be sure to wash it with cold water and mild soap when it gets dirty. With a little bit of care, your beeswax wrap will be an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap for years to come.

“I love Waxiwraps!  I’ve had mine for more than a year and they just work and last so well and for so long!”  (Charmaine, WA)

  1. Can beeswax wraps go into the freezer?

Most people are familiar with the fact that beeswax is an excellent natural material for wrapping food. It is antibacterial, helps to keep food fresh, and is completely biodegradable. However, what many people don’t know is that beeswax wraps can also be used in the freezer. This makes them an ideal option for storing leftovers or pre-prepared meals. The beeswax helps to keep the food airtight and prevents it from drying out or absorbing other flavours. The key is to make sure that the wraps are properly sealed before placing them in the freezer. If there are any gaps or openings, the cold air will cause the wraps to dry out and become brittle. However, if the wraps are properly sealed, they will retain their flexibility and be just as effective in the freezer as they are in the fridge.  In addition, the beeswax helps to protect the food from freezer burn. As a result, beeswax wraps are an incredibly versatile kitchen product that can be used in a variety of ways.

  1. Can you cut beeswax wraps?

Most people think that they can only use beeswax wraps for storing food, but they can actually be used for a variety of purposes. For example, you can use them (rolled up) as an icing piping bag, or to cover an open jug of juice, or to wrap around a bunch of flowers as a gift, or to cover a tin of opened food, or even to pop over an opened bottle of wine or bubbly.

And if you need to cut them to size, don’t worry – you can easily do so with a pair of scissors. Just be sure to avoid using blunt scissors, as this could damage the wax. With a little creativity, beeswax wraps can be a versatile and eco-friendly addition to your home.