How to use beeswax wraps
Beeswax wraps - the natural alternative to cling film
Beeswax wraps use the wonderful natural properties of beeswax and cloth to create breathable reusable wraps that can be used for covering leftovers, keeping food fresh and wrapping up your sandwiches.
Wax wraps work using the heat of your hands to warm up the wax that will then seal itself as it cools, so you can form the fabric over the top of a bowl or keep your bread fresher for longer.
Unlike clingfilm wax wraps are breathable and thus actually help to keep food fresher for longer.
How to use beeswax wraps
Beeswax wraps can be used as a replacement to clingfilm in a variety of different ways.
They are the perfect substitute for covering leftovers and perfect for wrapping half a pepper, apple or lemon and putting it back in the fridge.
To cover a bowl (or any other container) choose a wrap that comfortably fits over the top and use the heat from your hands to mould it to fit. Keeping your hands in place for a few seconds will cause the wax to adhere to the container and create a seal.
The same method applies to wrap food, simply choose the best available size, wrap and hold with your hands to seal.
Beeswax wraps can be used for pretty much anything. They are perfect for:
- Cheese. In fact, they are so much better than plastic as they allow the cheese to breathe and stop it from sweating.
- Fruit and veggies. The only fruit they don’t seem to like is pineapple. Again wax wraps actually help keep fruits and veggies fresh longer than plastic as the food can breathe.
- Bread, although you will need a big wrap for a whole loaf.
- Sandwiches, pastries, that slice of quiche you had leftover from supper the night before, and anything else you might want to take out for lunch.
- Herbs love a wax wrap and will last much longer if you take them out of their plastic wrapping.
- Pasty or anything else that needs to be wrapped in the fridge.
- Cooked meats.
It is worth noting that wax wraps are not suitable for raw meat.
Can you use beeswax wraps in the freezer?
Beeswax wraps don’t like getting hot. Hence they should be cleaned with cold water and you certainly don’t want to be laying them over a radiator to dry. You can, however, put them in the freezer. Just make sure you unwrap slowly and carefully or allow to come back to room temperature before opening as otherwise the wraps may crack.
Can you use beeswax wraps in the oven or microwave?
No. They don’t like the heat.
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