How do Beeswax Wraps work?
Use the natural warmth of your hands to help mould the Beeswax Wrap over fruit, veg, bowls, dishes, etc. The Beeswax Wrap will form a seal. The Beeswax Wrap allows your food to breathe. It will keep your cheese, fruit, vegetables, bread, baked goods, herbs, fermented foods such as kombucha, kefir, rising doughs and anything else you want to use them for nice and fresh! We don’t recommend storing raw meat or fish in beeswax wraps because you won’t be able to use hot water to sanitize them.
What are Beeswax Wraps made of?
Beegin Food Wraps are made of Italian Beeswax, Organic Cotton (GOTS), Pine Resin and Organic Jojoba Oil.
How do I take care of my Beeswax Wrap?
After use, hand wash your Beeswax Wrap in COLD soapy water (ideally use an eco-friendly detergent) and rinse. Never wring your beeswax wraps. Then let it hang dry on a dish rack or place over a tea towel. You can store your beeswax wrap flat in a drawer or rolled in a jar on the counter. If you use anything abrasive, you might accidentally remove some of the natural sticky coating and reduce the lifetime of your beeswax wraps.
Are they sticky?
You bet! The beeswax and resin create a ‘sticky’ or tacky effect that allows it to seal and attach to other items. However, this natural coating is heat sensitive, and therefore if the wrap is cold, it does not feel sticky at all. A little warmth from your hands is all it needs to ‘activate’ its stickiness and allow you to create a lasting seal.
Do they keep your food fresher?
Yup. Beeswax is naturally antimicrobial and slightly breathable. This combination keeps your food noticeably fresher longer than airtight plastic.
Are they reusable?
They are reusable for approximately 6 months (or longer), depending on proper care and use. If you regularly use your beeswax wraps and find they’ve lost their tackiness, our Refresh Bars will breathe new life back into them. They are the exact beeswax mixture we use to coat them in the production phase.
Do they leave a residue?
We do see a little residue left behind from brand new wraps, especially on things like glassware. This is completely normal and easily washes off with warm/hot water.
Do they make your food taste/smell weird?
For almost all people, the answer is no. For a few people however, they do report sensing a taste/scent change. It completely depends on how sensitive your nose is.
Are they scented?
The natural aroma of beeswax and pine resin is noticeable while the wraps are new, it does fade within the first couple months.
I accidentally washed them in warm water and now they aren’t as sticky. Can I fix them?
Yes! Place the wrap between two pieces of parchment paper and iron the wrap on low. You want to remelt the wax completely back into the cloth. Avoid pushing the wax out to the edges with sweeping motions. Instead, simply press and hold the iron over the wrap until each part is melted. Let it completely cool before peeling back the paper. You can also order our Refresh Bars to recreate the stickiness.
Can I put my Beeswax Wraps in the microwave?
Nope. You’ll definitely ruin your beeswax wraps. They are very heat sensitive.
Can I put my Beeswax Wraps in the freezer?
We do not recommend putting them in the freezer. Because they are slightly breathable, your food could get freezer burn.
How long will my Beeswax Wraps last?
Your Beeswax Food Wraps can last up to 6 months (or longer) with proper care; please refer to our care instructions here. After some time, you will start to notice they will lose their stickiness. Your wrap will still work just as well. We recommend freshening your Beeswax Wrap with our Refresh Bars, especially once every 3 months if you use your wraps regularly. When your Beeswax Wraps life comes to an end, you can cut them up and toss them in the compost!
Does the smell of beeswax get into my food?
The Beeswax Wrap, when first opened, may have a slight smell of beeswax and pine resin, but if you are sensitive to the smell, it wears off with use.
Who makes your Beeswax Wraps?
All of our beeswax food wraps handmade by Gabriele and I. Given that our beeswax wraps are made by hand, you might notice some parts of the wrap are smoother than others. You can usually fix this by taking two wax paper pieces, an iron and an ironing board. I have a video tutorial listed here to show you how to fix the imperfection. We make every effort to make our wraps as uniform and as perfect as possible. If you are unhappy with your beeswax wraps or have any questions, please contact us directly, and we will try to resolve the issue.
What You’ll Need to Repair or Create Your Beeswax Wraps:
- An Ironing Board
- An Iron set to medium heat (enough that the wax melts and saturates the fabric) therefore adjust your heat accordingly
- 2 Sheets of Wax Paper ( the size of your parchment sheet should be larger than your cotton fabric)
- A kitchen or tea towel that is slightly larger than the size of your selected fabric
- A grater (you’ll want to buy one only to use with the beeswax bars)
- A Refresh Bar
- Cotton Fabric. You can use cotton fabric scraps that you already have or even an old bedsheet or shirt. You’ll want to use a piece of THIN cotton fabric, the thicker the fabric the more beeswax will be absorbed and we cannot guarantee the number of beeswax wraps you’ll be able to make if you use thick cotton fabric. *Please do not use synthetic fabric as it isn’t intended for that*
How to Repair or DIY Your Own Beeswax Wraps Instructions
- Turn your iron on to the medium-high setting
- Place your kitchen towel on your ironing board
- Place one of your wax paper sheets in the middle of the kitchen towel
- Place your old beeswax wrap / ruined beeswax wrap or new cotton fabric square in the middle of the wax paper
- Grate a small amount of your Refresh Bar (you can always grate more as needed)
- Spread the grated pieces of the Refresh Bar all over the wrap (when creating new wraps) or spread the grated pieces on the cotton fabric that need to be rewaxed & then cover with the second piece of wax paper
- Place your iron on top of the grated beeswax and, as it melts, slowly push the melted wax to the edges of the fabric with the iron
- Continue to slowly work the wax evenly across the fabric until it has all melted and the cotton fabric is saturated with the wax mixture. Be careful and continue moving the iron so you don’t burn the wax!
- Once the wax is melted and fully saturated into the fabric, remove the top piece of wax paper, peel off the waxed cotton fabric and waft for 20 seconds (or until dry to the touch)
- Woohoo! You have made your own beeswax wrap/ repaired your beeswax wrap! You can start using it right away or store it for later.