Are you sick of using single-use plastics?
Like to know more about Beeswax Food Storage Wraps?
Beeswax Food Storage Wraps are one way I am helping the environment and my bank balance!
History of Single-Use Plastics
Glad Wrap, Saran Wrap, Cling Wrap. Polyethylene food wrap which was invented in 1942 and has many different names.
Cling Wrap was originally used to make a mesh for lining tropical combat boots. In 1949 the Dow Chemical Company developed the thin plastic to the current form. They first called it Saran Wrap. Interesting fact – they picked the name as it was a combination of the names of the wife and daughter, Sarah and Ann, of the boss of the man who invented the wrap.
Cling Wrap has been used for years by people to store their food and keep it fresh. In 1949 I think they didn’t understand exactly what was going to happen when they invented cling wrap.
Pollution and our Environment
Single-use plastics have caused such a huge environmental problem many, many years down the track. Fish and birds are affected by the waste in the oceans and bags of the stuff would end life at the rubbish dump. Society has become so used to single-use plastics as almost everything is wrapped in it.
Importantly people today understand the increased pollution issues attached to single-use plastics. As a result, they are trying to reduce their use of single-use plastics at home. These plastics just end up in the bin.
What’s the point in paying for a product that you know you’re only going to throw out?
Given the alternatives to single-use plastic, it seems pointless.
Before Single-Use Plastics
People, thousands of years ago used different things to wrap or store their food to keep it fresh. More families are trying alternatives to store food in their homes. I hope, like me, you’ve realised that if we don’t start protecting our resources and stop filling our land with waste then they’ll be no land left.
Silicone bags have become the alternative to clip seal bags. They are used multiple times without affecting food quality. Beeswax food storage wraps are an alternative for a lighter wrap, basically for anything you normally use cling wrap.
Beeswax or oilskin wraps have been around for thousands of years. The Ancient Egyptians first used them in the 7th Century, around the time they domesticated bees for honey and wax production. Waxed cloth was made to assist in food preservation and prevent wastage.
People claim to have invented them recently however they have just taken an old product and made it new again. The idea that wax that keeps honey safe in the beehive could be coated onto fabric to keep the fabric waterproof and free of disease is a brilliant idea borrowed from nature.
Nature seems to know better than us – A LOT. Like all the best ideas are, we borrowed this one from nature. Beeswax food storage wraps can be used over and over to store our food. Just like bee’s food
Honey is that amazing product made by the world’s best pollinators. Beekeepers will tell you that wax capped honey will never spoil! It is part of the magic of bees that they make beautiful honey and then cap it with another product they have made which seals in the goodness…
Organic cotton fabric is used to make modern-day beeswax food storage wraps which can be recycled at the end of its life span. It can simply be added to your compost. Or you can re-coat the fabric with a mix of beeswax, pine resin and jojoba oil. They are mixed over heat until they become a liquid and then brushed over the fabric. The fabric is then left to dry.
I have also recently learnt that some people use it as a fire starter at the end of its life. Might have to try that in winter.
Once the fabric is dry you can wrap food that you want to keep fresh. To use the beeswax food storage wrap you may need to hold it between your hands to heat the wax. Once the wax is warm it becomes pliable an easy to wrap around food or place over the top of a bowl and stick to the sides. Because it’s water-resistant it won’t allow moisture in or out however it is best not used with meat products. It can be placed over the top of a bowl that meat products are in and this will prevent any moisture getting in.
Maintenance of Your Beeswax Food Storage Wraps
Beeswax food storage wraps should never be put under hot water nor should they be used in the microwave or the oven. They are fridge and freezer safe. Children can use them to carry their lunches to school. If your wrap does get some foodstuff on it it can easily be washed under cold water and just rub slightly to remove anything that may be hard stuck the fabric.
Beeswax food storage wrap should last about 12 to 18 months if you care for it. However, if you choose to recoated around the 12 month you can expect another year of use.
I love the idea of beeswax food storage wraps. I think this is probably because I’m so fascinated by bees. It amazes me that nature has such a wonderful way of taking care of things and making sure that food doesn’t spoil. Using beeswax wraps to cover and preserve your food has so many benefits. Just like it keeps honey safe, your food will be safe and fresh. The best part is you can reuse it so many times! You’ll never have to buy cling wrap again.
How to Buy
In Australia many people make the wraps to sell, however, the cost of these wraps can be high. However, if you are a barefoot investor like me, you look for budget options.
Here at Mojo Homestead, I couldn’t find any in my price range. As a result, I contacted a manufacturer, yes from China, to make them for me. My manufacturer uses certified organic cotton and Food and Drug Administration approved products for the coating. Importantly you know they are safe for your food. The best news is I was able to produce and import with a sale price of $19.99! Bargain!
Mojo Homestead Beeswax Food Storage Wraps come in a 3 pack, 1 small 18 x 20cm, 1 medium 25 x 28cm and 1 large 33 x 35cm, to get you started. Also, the fabric is the cutest little bees ever!
You can find them at this link if you are interested. https://www.amazon.com.au/sk=beeswax+wrap&me=A2NDPD1GXY98M9&ref=nb_sb_nosW
I hope you love using them as much as I do. However if you have any questions just send me a message, I’d love to help you get started on a cleaner, greener kitchen.