What Is Reusable Food Wrap?
Whether you’re starting your journey to a more eco-friendly lifestyle or simply looking for an easy way to reduce waste and save money, you might be thinking about getting reusable food wrap.
However, you might be also be wondering, “What is reusable food wrap, and can I use it replace plastic food wrap?” If so, keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this food wrap.
How Is Reusable Food Wrap Made?
Although different companies use different ingredients, most food wraps — including those offered in the Earth Friendly Tips store — are made using cotton fabric, beeswax, pine resin, and jojoba oil. Beeswax and jojoba oil have natural antibacterial properties that help keep food fresh.
The pine resin and beeswax give the food wrap the stickiness it needs to wrap around food and bowls. Since the food wrap is often made with beeswax, some people will also call it beeswax food wrap.
How to Use Reusable Food Wrap
Most beeswax food wrap comes in different sizes. For example, the food wraps from Earth Friendly Tips come in small, medium, and large.
This makes it easy for you to select the size you need. To use your food wrap, simply mold it around the rim of a bowl or the piece of leftover food.
Hold your hands over the food wrap so your body heat can soften the wrap and make it stick. As the wrap cools, it creates a seal around your food to help it stay fresh.
Your food wrap can go in the refrigerator and is freezer-safe for up to a month. However, you shouldn’t place it in the microwave or oven, because this will cause the wax to melt. You should also let warm food cool down before wrapping it in reusable food wrap.
While you can use your food wrap on cheese, nuts, vegetables, fruits, and bread, it’s not recommended for raw meats. Some citrus foods, like lemons, oranges, and pineapples, can also cause the wax to wear down faster.
Advantages of Beeswax Food Wrap
Plus, since you can use them again and again, you’ll never have to buy plastic food wrap, which helps you save money.
Unlike plastic food wrap, beeswax food wrap lets air circulate around the food. This combined with the natural preservative properties of beeswax, pine resin, and jojoba oil helps food last longer, which can reduce food waste.
How to Clean Reusable Food Wrap
Since these food wraps are made from beeswax, using hot water or placing them in the dishwasher to clean them might melt the wax. Therefore, you want to use cool water, a sponge, and a small amount of biodegradable soap (alcohol-based soaps can wear down the beeswax faster) to clean your reusable food wrap.
Then simply use a towel to blot them dry or hang them up to dry. You can store your food wraps in a drawer or place them in a basket and leave them on the counter.
If you’re looking for even more tips on how to make your wraps last longer, be sure to check out our post on how to care for reusable beeswax wraps.
How Long Does the Food Wrap Last?
With proper care, natural food wrap will last up to a year. If your food wrap has worn thin or doesn’t stick to itself as well as it once did, you know it has reached the end of its useful life. At that point, you can either compost your food wrap or use it as a natural fire starter.
Can Reusable Food Wrap Really Replace Plastic Wrap?
Now we get to the question everyone always wonders. Can beeswax food wrap really replace plastic wrap? The answer is: absolutely!
In our home, we use the same food wrap sold in the Earth Friendly Tips store, and I have never had to buy plastic wrap since we made the switch. It’s great for wrapping up leftovers, pieces of fruit and vegetables, snacks, and more.
If you’re looking for an easy way to reduce plastic use in the kitchen and save money at the same time, you’ll love reusable food wrap.
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