What did we do before the fridge, foil and clingfilm?
We would have used cold rooms, cellars, cold rivers, food storage drums or any other way to keep our food fresh.
In as early as 1500 B.C, treated sheets of mulberry bark were used by the Chinese to wrap food. Eventually, paper making techniques were refined and the art of paper making was moved through the continents to the Middle East, Europe and onward to the United Kingdom where the commercial paper bag was first made in Bristol in 1844 by Francis Wolle.
The journey ended (or continued, should I say?) in America in the 1800’s with advancements to the paper bag.
Enough about bags.
Some of the materials used for food preservation through the years would include leaves like banana leaves, lotus leaves or teak leaves as well as cloth or “biodegradable” materials which finally led to the creation of beeswax wraps as we know them today.
What are beeswax wraps?
Beeswax wraps are simply, cloth soaked in beeswax creating an excellent way of wrapping food and have been in use since the medieval times or even earlier to wrap and cover food and drink (containers).
These wraps are reusable and one of the greatest features is its flexibility and how well they shape around the food or containers, so if you need to wrap cheese, bread, sandwiches or want to cover containers, beeswax wraps will do a great job and will hold its shape and position. Beeswax wraps are available from a number of suppliers in various combinations and sizes.
Here at Beautiful Homes Direct, for the moment, we have decided to go with The Foodwrap Company Ltd for our beeswax wraps which are available in various sizes and choices of wraps to “cover” all your needs.
These wraps are now also available in vegan option too which are made from locally sourced plan-based wax, jojoba oil, natural pine resin and organic GOTS certified cotton.
With the flexibility and convenience of this great creation in its modern application, there is no excuse not to start using beeswax wraps, if you don’t already.
You will be surprised and amazed how well the wraps work and even when you crumple them, they will restore to their former glory (obviously not to the pristine condition of a new unused wrap) allowing them to be used over and over again for up to 2 years depending on how you care for them.
Cleaning your beeswax food wrap
Cleaning is so simple. Just wash with lukewarm soapy water and wipe them down with a cloth or a sponge and simply leave them to air dry.
Image from superbee.me
How to refresh and revive your beeswax wraps
Refreshing and reviving beeswax wraps are very easy too. Here is a youtube video to easily explain how to refresh your beeswax wraps and make beeswax wraps by The Beeswax Wrap Company
We strive to provide environmentally friendly products so that they are biodegradable and/or recyclable (and as is 99.9% of our packaging).
So whether you want to cover, wrap, preserve or make small pouches, beeswax wraps may be a great solution with the huge added bonus of being environmentally friendly.
Have a look at our range of beeswax Food Wraps