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.
Our wraps also use Dammar Resin which is an odourless tree resin that gives the wraps their stickiness. It’s worth noting that some other brands use pine resin in their blend, and these do have a smell of pine which you may or may not mind.
Unlike a lot of other brands, Waxiwraps do not use Pine Resin which can cause allergic reactions. Instead, Waxiwraps have chosen to use a superior resin called Dammar Resin which is FDA-approved for food storage and is not known to have caused any reactions.
Some people are sceptical of beeswax wraps because they are perceived to be too sticky to the touch. Firstly, let’s just say, a little 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 between brands.
The Waxiwraps blend has been developed specifically to make them seal effectively but without being overly sticky. They are tacky of course, because of the beeswax, but you will be able to handle them without getting sticky hands.
Whilst beeswax can cover almost all fresh foods, there are some for which they are NOT well suited. Fish and raw meat are best stored in an airtight container to prevent contamination. Also, 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.
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.
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.
Yes! 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.
Yes, you can cut Waxiwraps with a pair of scissors, but make sure they are not blunt, as this could damage the wax.
With the right care and maintenance, Waxiwraps will last for at least 12 months. Unfortunately, there does come a point in time when they stop sealing so well. You can choose to revitalise them by purchasing a Refresher Bar and rewaxing them, or you can simply pop them into your home compost bin. The material will breakdown naturally over time, releasing nutrients back into the soil – we love zero waste!