Do you use Cling Wrap? Me neither. It is something I don't ever buy and don't believe in. Some how though a roll of it always appears in my drawer, usually after a gathering that includes my mother-in-law.
There are occasions though that I want something like it. I have seen the great ideas that are floating around Pinterest regarding making your own with organic fabric and beeswax. The requirement? Either pre-grated beeswax pellets or a cheese grater to be used for beeswax only. I only have one grater and I am not sure I want to buy another one (like at the Goodwill) just for craft projects. This has been especially true since I have been trying to get rid of things I don't use regularly. Would it really hurt me to have one? No. Perhaps once we start having our own bees I will keep on on hand but for now, I just haven't gotten around to it.
Having put off making it, I cannot tell you how excited I was when I read an article about Bee's Wrap in a new magazine I received (the first one in a gift subscriptions), Naturally, Danny Seo. As you can see, I dog eared the article and when I finished the magazine, I eagerly looked it up.
Bee's Wrap is a small family business that uses organic muslin to make a sustainable and reusable (and eventually compostable) alternative to plastic wraps for food storage. Not only do I love supporting an semi-local (VT), all American business, I am excited that the product is made from organic ingredients and it is priced well and affordable.
I ordered the set of three assorted sizes for $18 plus $5 shipping, although I did consider the bread wrap.
I received the Bee's Wrap via US Mail, arriving very quickly. It came in a brown package with a stiff cardboard package that contained the wrap.
The first night I didn't open it because I was really tired. That night, the smell must have been too much for one of the cats to resist because when I came downstairs the next morning, there was Kitten, curled up on top of the package. My mind immediately went to, Oh no! The cat probably melted the wax and all three will be stuck together! Ahhh!
I removed the cat and set the package in a cool room. Later I pulled out the three sizes. My worry was completely unfounded.
The smell was worth the price. Seriously, it smells that good. Each piece feels thick and durable plus a little sticky when I put my hands on it. My hands do not feel sticky afterward.
I left the wrap on the counter for at least a week after opening it. Every time I walked into the kitchen I could smell the sweet fragrance and it made me smile. It wasn't until I made waffles for dinner this past weekend that I finally found an opportunity to use the wrap.
I used the largest wrap and folded it around the waffles, taking extra care not to squish them. I felt like it was a little difficult to get it sealed all the way around since the stack of waffles was pretty big. It took a couple of minutes before I got the hang of holding the seam together for a second, then folding it and holding for another second or so.
I went to bed not really sure whether the waffles were completely sealed or not. In our wood heated house, if something soft is left out, it dries out pretty quickly. I expected to have either semi-hard waffles in the morning or have hard spots where I hadn't sealed it well enough.
The next morning I was shockingly and pleasantly surprised: the waffles were soft and moist. Success! The kids ate half the leftovers for breakfast and I was able to easily reseal the rest of them. Now that I had figured out the sealing, it took no time to reseal. What a great product! I am so excited to have found an easy solution to keeping food sealed, especially for baked goods. I haven't tried it on bowls or in the refrigerator yet but I see how it would work any differently.
Have you tried Bee's Wrap or a similar product? What do you think?
This article was shared on Wildcrafting Wednesdays,