You and your beeskin beeswax wrap: a lasting relationship.
Your beeskin beeswax wrap can last for up to 1 year if treated the right way. And yes: it will get wrinkles and stains, but we consider this as patina. If you feel that the wrinkles get too much after a while, then give your wrap a little facelift: put it on a sheet of baking paper and put it at 100 ° C for 3 minutes in the oven. Then let it cool down (just lift it up on one corner and wave it 1-2 times), done – and now reuse it.
Run your beeskin beeswax wrap under cold water only, and run your fingers over your wrap to remove any excess, as if rinsing a plate. Don’t wash or rub your wrap vigorously with a rough sponge or brush. You may use the soft side of a sponge, gently, and we recommend you use an eco-friendly dish soap with no “alcohol“ within the first 4 ingredients. Alcohol will dissolve the beeswax and tree resin. After having cleaned your beeskin, pat it dry with a kitchen towel or let it air-dry. Don’t set your beeskin beeswax on a radiator since your wrap is not particularly fond of heat.
When not in use, you can store your beeskin beeswax wraps in a drawer, or in a big glass jar, which we find more elegant.
Not a good idea. Dont leave your beeskin beeswax wrap out in direct sun or in the car. Microwave, oven and radiator will also damage and destroy your wrap.
A sticky thing?
The beeswax, Jojoba oil and the tree resin cause beeskin beeswax wraps to stick to any hard surface as well as to themselves. The warmth of your hands will soften the wax and make the stickiness even stronger. Cold temperatures as in the fridge will make it hard, just like a plastic lid it will stay in this form, once taken out it will soften again. If for some reason your beeswax wrap is not as sticky any more you can hold it under warm water but only for a few seconds or you can treat it to a facelift (see above). And if you find it too sticky: no worries, it will wear off after a while.
Cutter, scissors and co.
We picked these sizes out of experience. Don’t worry if your beeswax is a bit too big and overlaps – that way it sticks even better. It is also not neccessary to cut your beeswax wrap. If there are a few frays sticking out after a while you can cut them off with a sharp scissor or knife. The organic beeswax and tree resin coating holds the fibers of the fabric together.
You can put your beeskin beeswax wrap into the freezer – just not in the oven (besides of for its facelift). We recommend using frozen food within 4 weeks.
Yes, your beeskin beeswax wrap will get wrinkles and stains over time, but we consider this as “patina”. Try to avoid prolonged contact with oily and greasy food. And if, at some point, you think it needs a face lift you can put it in the oven. Put your wrap on a baking sheet, pop it in the oven for 3 minutes at 100°C. That’s it. Cool it off and go ahead and reuse it again. Foods like tomatoes will cause stains.
Yes, your beeskin beeswax wrap smells. It is a nice smell of beeswax and a hint of tree resin. We would describe the smell as woody and natural. Depending on which flowers the bees used to collect their honey the smell of wax may change slightly. A friend recently exclaimed: “I love the smell, it makes me want to bite into it”. And if you dont like the smell of trees, bees and wax too much: after a while it will wear off.
In accordance with EU regulation 1935/2004 on materials and articles in contact with food, at beeskin we manufacture beeswax wraps for you to cover plates, bowls, and containers. When your wrap comes into direct contact with your food, minuscule particles of organic beeswax of organic jojoba oil or tree resin could remain on your food – just like traditional plastic wrap.
Bee produce and tree resin are 100% natural. beeswax wraps have been used for generations to wrap food and keep it fresh. To that effect, the EU allows fruit, vegetables, and cheeses to be wrapped in beeswax. One may also acquire honey in its original state, with a piece of honeycomb. Tree resin has been used as natural chewing gum. Today still you will find tree resin wine in Greece.
It is, therefore, your own decision to “risk”, as we do, having particles of beeswax, jojoba oil or tree resin on your food. We use beeskin for wrapping sandwiches and bread, fruit and vegetable, cookies and cake, cheese and cold cuts, etc. this is how it looks.
We use only beeswax which has been tested on pollutants. Beeswax contains Propolis which has antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal effects.
Trees produce resin to protect against germs, bacteria and fungi. We make use of this property, so the combination of beeswax and resin has an antibacterial effect and keeps your food fresh longer. Since the cloths are breathable, no condensation forms.
Jojoba oil is extracted from the seeds of jojoba. Even if the name suggests otherwise, jojoba oil is not an oil but a resin that is not greasy and odorless. It does not go rancid and its high content of Vitamine E makes it work as a natural preservative. For exactly these reasons, we have decided against the often used, and much cheaper coconut oil – which has recently been banned from the list of superfoods. Here too we use only certified organic jojoba oil.
The fabric we use is a 100% GOST certified organic cotton fabric. It means that no chemicals were used to grow the cotton and weave the fabric. Many cotton fabrics are made from mercerized yarns: here the fibers are exposed to concentrated caustic soda before weaving. Our organic cotton has not undergone such treatment. The certificate defines environmental requirements for the entire production chain, including social criteria. So everything, from seeds to further processing and processing to the finished product is regularly tested by an independent institute for market ecology. This ensures sustainable production.
The darker and the more printed a fabric is the more color pigments are included. That’s why we decided to offer a minimalist design, printed with little color and little color pigments, printed with water-based colors.
The light yellow tone of the wraps is caused by the beeswax. Depending on the season and the flowers to be flown, the smell of the wax varies.
Of course we ship absolutely plastic free. Your beeskin beeswax wrap arrives well protected in a corrugated cardboard packaging. All the paper we use is recycled. The colors are all water based. Thus, the packaging is 100% recyclable, just like your beeskin beeswax wrap.
Other ways to use beeskin beeswax wraps
Well, be creative: Have you ever tried to open a jar of canned fruit or a jar of jam? You know it can be rather tricky, the lid is too tight and you slip or are just not strong enough. So next time place your beeskin beeswax wrap on top of the lid, hold tight and open the jar. This makes it much easier since you won’t slip off.
You like decorating your cakes and muffins? Skip the disposable icing bags. Just wrap your beeskin beeswax wrap to form a icing bag. The best is to start with one corner and roll the wrap towards the other side. Fill with your favourite icing and start decorating your baking goods.
Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know about.