How do I use the wraps?
Use Love the Earth Beeswax Wraps as an alternative to cling wrap and ziplock bags – literally replace your cling wrap with a beeswax wrap! So versatile and easy to use, simply use the warmth of your hands and fingers to soften the wax to enable you to shape and mould the wrap around your food or bowl. Beeswax wraps allow the contents to ‘breathe’ so food stays fresher for longer.
Not only are they useful in the fridge or lunchbox, they also look fantastic covering bowls and platters of food on a table in preparation for the guests to arrive!
Wrap sandwiches and create envelopes or pouches for a zero-plastic and waste-free lunchbox. Watch the short video below to see how.
Easy fold envelopes for snacks on the run
Follow these 8 simple steps to create an envelope with your wrap. Once folded, simply open the pocket, fill, and seal. The smaller wrap envelopes are perfect for lunchboxes and smaller snacks such as nuts and dried fruit or vege sticks and cherry tomatoes. The large and XL size wraps are perfect for making envelopes too. Fill with loose leaf lettuce leaves or baby spinach to keep fresher for longer in the fridge.
What are the different sizes useful for?
I find a combination of different sized wraps essential – you can never have too many! Love the Earth Beeswax Wraps are currently available in 4 sizes:
SMALL 18cm x 18cm (7.1” x 7.1”) – Cover tops of jars, small bowls, cut fruit & veges like avocados, apples & cucumbers. Wrap crackers, or create pockets for nuts and dried fruit, vege sticks and cherry tomatoes for lunch boxes.
MEDIUM 25cm x 25cm (9.8" x 9.8”) – Cover medium sized bowls, or wrap small blocks of cheese & butter and cut veges like sweet potato and broccoli. Create pockets for lunchboxes and fill with popcorn, vege chips or strawberries.
LARGE 32cm x 32cm (12.6” x 12.6") – Cover larger bowls or plates of leftovers, wrap a sandwich or bread roll, a big block of cheese, and larger fruits and vegetables.
EX LARGE 40cm x 40cm (15.7” x 15.7") – Wrap large and awkward vegetables such as celery, cauliflower, silverbeet, half a watermelon, or a cob loaf. Cover platters of food on the table in preparation for the guests to arrive. Make large pockets for loose leaf lettuce and baby spinach.
How do I care for the wraps?
Simply wipe with a clean damp cloth and air dry. Or if necessary, wash in cool water with a gentle dish soap and air dry on a dish rack. Don’t pick dry food off the wrap as it may remove some wax. Instead, allow the wrap to soak in cool water until the food has softened then wipe off. Never wash in warm/hot water as it will melt the wax and degrade the wrap.
Once dry, simply fold and store in a drawer or away from direct sun or heat sources such as sunlight, ovens or microwaves as the heat may melt the beeswax and damage the wrap. Or store in the fridge if you live in a very hot climate!
How long will the wraps last?
With proper use and care, Love the Earth Beeswax Wraps will last up to a year. With day to day use, stains (from vegetables such as beetroot) and creases may appear, but these will not affect your wraps ability to do their job.
To extend the life of your wraps, either place them between two pieces of baking/parchment paper and iron on a low setting OR place the wraps on a lined baking tray and into a 100°C oven for a few minutes – it will redistribute the wax and make them look like new again!
If you've extended the life of your wraps using the re-distribute method (as mentioned above) and now they have truly worn out of wax, you can re-wax them and start their life all over again! Cotton lasts for many many years, so before you compost them, try re-wax them using one of our 100g DIY special blend blocks.
Love the Earth Beeswax Wraps are 100% biodegradable/compostable, so when they have finally worn out, simply cut the wrap into strips and bury in the garden or in your compost to become one with the earth again.