Beeswax wraps are an environmentally-friendly (and stylish) alternative to cling wrap. They’re made using fabric and beeswax (obviously) . In this post, we’re going to give you all the information to care for these great products.
To keep the wraps in good condition, don’t use them to wrap raw meat or hot food or liquids. However, you can use them over a bowl containing raw meat.
It’s important not to wash the wraps in hot water or the wax will melt. Cold water and dishwashing liquid should be enough to clean the wraps but if you have some tough food on them, you can soak them for a few minutes in cold water and that should loosen them. Hang them somewhere to dry once finished.
Over time, the beeswax can start to crack and become less sticky. This can be fixed!
If you have an electric oven, you can place the wrap on a tray lined with baking paper in a low oven (around 60 degrees) for 2-5 minutes depending on your oven. It’s done when you can see the wax has melted all over the wrap. Lift the wrap up by the corners (be careful, the wax will be hot) and allow to air dry, this should only take a minute or less. The baking paper you used will likely have wax left over once it’s dried, so keep this for the next time you refresh your wraps. If you think you need it, you can also add some grated beeswax on top before you add it to the oven.
You can’t put the wraps in a gas oven as the beeswax is flammable. In this case, you can use an iron. Place a tea towel on the ironing board, then a sheet of baking paper that’s about 5cm larger than the wrap you’re refreshing (you don’t want the wax to get on your iron). Place the wrap down and then another sheet of baking paper (the same size as the first piece). With your iron on the hottest setting (but not the steam setting), iron the wrap, you’ll be able to see the beeswax spreading under the baking paper. Make sure you don’t hold the iron in one place for too long, because you don’t want the wrap to burn. Once you’re done, peel the top baking paper off, then peel the wrap up and let air dry.
With good care, the wraps can last up to a year. When you’re ready to dispose of them, you can either use hot water to clean off all the wax and use the fabric as rags or place them in the compost (or dig a hole in the backyard) and they will completely biodegrade.