How to Use and Clean Beeswax Wraps

The secret of how to use beeswax food wraps is in your hands. No, seriously, it’s literally the warmth of your hands! By giving your wax wraps a little massage first (or smashing them into a ball), you help warm up and soften the wax and then it will cool into whatever shape you give it. But, what can use you beeswax wraps for and how do you take care of them?

 

The Right Food Wrap For the Job

Make sure you pick the right size beeswax wrap for the items you’re preserving. A small wrap (7" x 8") is perfect for cut veggie snacks, avocados, a handful of dry snacks, fruit and to go on top of jars. A medium wrap (10" x 11") is good for cheese, larger servings of snacks, half a sandwich, medium bowls, veggies, and baked goods. And large wraps (12" x 14") are ideal for full sandwiches, larger fruits and veggies, cheese and larger bowls or dishes.


We Stick Together

The coating on the wraps is self-adhesive, so you just need to warm them with your hands and form them. They’ll stick to themselves, even creating a tight seal on a water glass (feel free to show this trick off at parties!). So whether you like to pinch, roll or squish the edges together, your snacks are safe with us.


Washing Up

Wash your beeswax wraps under cool or cold water with eco-friendly alcohol-free soap like Dr. Bronner’s or etee's plastic-free dish cleaning kit. The wax will start to melt away under hot water (including your dishwasher) and alcohol will break down the natural coating. Give them a nice wash and then let them either air dry on your dish rack or if you need them right away, a quick pat with a dish towel.


Staining or Stinking?

Beeswax is a natural deodorizer, so you don’t need to worry about onions leaving behind a smell like they can with plastic containers. Wrapping up a pomegranate or topping off a curry? They might lend some of their beautiful colors to your wraps, but don’t worry, tie-dye is cool again.

 

The Big Chill

While wraps are great in the fridge as long as you’d like, try not to freeze them for more than a month. Looking for a zero waste deep-freeze option? A lot of people don’t know you can freeze glass containers. Just make sure the contents are completely cooled before freezing and that you leave a nice about of headspace for it to expand into as it freezes.


Pass The Hamburger

While your cooked chicken leftovers and deli meat lunches are perfect candidates for beeswax foods wraps, you’ll want to avoid wrapping up any uncooked meats. Instead, try storing them in a glass container.


Love Your Wax Wraps

Treat your wraps with love and they’ll keep loving you back. Each wrap lasts anywhere from 6 months to a year, depending on how often you use them. So keep them clean, let them dry and store them flat and you’ll have wraps at your disposal (or not, get it?!) whenever you have an avocado to save or a sandwich to take with you.  

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  • Helene: I have discovered a new generation of Post-It notes. I think they are called Extreme Post It Notes. They are amazing. Hard to believe but they stick to etee’s, never fall off in the fridge. Now I know what is what just by buying one small package of these Post Its. Things like this make me happy.

    Judi on
  • Hey Helene! Once the wraps hit the end of their lives (meaning that they’re not tacky any longer) they can be repurposed to help with other tasks. I’m big on using my old wraps to help me open tough jars, but we also used one to start a fire with last month :).
    It is something to get used to, but I’ve gotten really good at differentiating my wraps foods. I have used wooden laundry pegs that I can write on for labels, too ;).

    Melanie from etee! on
  • Hey Helene! Once the wraps hit the end of their lives (meaning that they’re not tacky any longer) they can be repurposed to help with other tasks. I’m big on using my old wraps to help me open tough jars, but we also used one to start a fire with last month :).
    It is something to get used to, but I’ve gotten really good at differentiating my wraps foods. I have used wooden laundry pegs that I can write on for labels, too ;).

    Melanie from etee! on
  • What do I do with a wrap that has passed it’s “expiry” date? And I am still waiting for a trick to identify the leftovers in the fridge without opening every wrap until I find what I am looking for…. :)

    Helene Godin on

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