…on the tenth day of Christmas my green friend gave to me…ten wax wraps, nine tubes of caulk, eight cotton socks, seven false roselle, six craft beers, five mutual shares, four smart bulbs, three bags of taters, two quarts of milk and a potted cypress tree!
Three years ago my Green Friend gave me three beeswax storage sheets. At that time there were very few made and very few people used them. Today you can find many chefs and home “chefs” using them. The three sheets I still have are pretty worn and I never seem to have enough so ten more wax wraps will now solve my food storage needs. When I received the first three wraps I made a comment in my post that the “proof” would be storing a cut avocado. Well I’m happy to say it worked fantastically because my cut avocado didn’t turn brown in the 2 days I had it wrapped. I use the wraps for herbs, cheese, veggies, romaine lettuce, tomatoes and just about anything fresh…always impressed with the results! I also use the wraps for taking sandwiches on the road and covering glass bowls for storage.
Beeswax wraps are made with organic cotton or hemp cloth and coated with a mixture of beeswax (antibacterial and anti-fungal), tree resin (anti-septic and antibacterial) and jojoba oil (anti-fungal) so I don’t need to worry if there any chemicals leaching into my food. The beeswax makes the wraps watertight while still allowing the contents to “breathe”, the reason foods stay fresh longer. These wax sheets are reusable (unlike plastic wrap) and remain fairly stiff so cleaning them with cold water is a breeze! Treat them well and they will last a long time!
Some complain a sandwich wrapped in a wax wrap requires folding the wrap and keeping it with you until you go home when you can just throw the plastic wrap away. That’s my point…if you’re trying to be sustainable and do good for our planet you should embrace these wax wraps! Another objection is cost. I can honestly say since I began using these wax wraps I became more conscious of the waste I produce and have not bought a single roll of plastic wrap in 3 years and have changed how I store most of my food! There is now more storage space in my kitchen since I replaced my plastic storage containers…I fold these wraps and store them in a very small space instead. When these wraps are worn out they can be cut up and composted. What a great life-cycle!
Something else I love is the cute fabrics used so the wraps are fun! As I was searching around the internet for ways homemakers are using these wraps I came upon this delightful article, 15 Nifty Ways to Use Your Wax Wraps by Team Superbee. There were a number of great ideas and several I will be trying this year like using a wrap to take a soap bar with me when I travel! And instead of packing all those containers for a picnic next time I will be wrapping everything with space-saving wax wraps! Do you use beeswax wraps? What neat use have you found for them? Maybe you make your own beeswax wraps? Share you comments below.
Thank you for joining me this Tenth Day of a Green Christmas! If you’re curious about the history of the Twelve Days of Christmas or wonder what the reason is for my Twelve Days of a Green Christmas posts you can find those answers here. Join me tomorrow on the Eleventh Day of a Green Christmas and see what my Green Friend gifts me…I’m sure it will be fun, educational, useful or possibly edible!