I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, so it’s no surprise that I’m always trying to figure out how to keep them properly. I thought I’d tried everything, from glass and plastic containers to aluminum foil and Saran wrap, until I heard about Bee’s Wrap.
I was originally put off by the price: $18 for what amounts to three sheets of beeswax. But, knowing that it is a sustainable and environmentally beneficial solution, I eventually decided to give it a shot. Here’s why I’m not returning.
What is Bee’s Wrap, exactly?
Consider it a washable, reusable, and eventually recyclable food wrapper. Bee’s Wrap is constructed entirely of environmentally friendly materials, including beeswax, jojoba oil, tree resin, and organic cotton. Bee’s Wrap‘s biodegradable packaging is produced entirely of recycled paper, and the first and most significant material comes from sustainably managed hives.
Here are some more remarkable qualifications: Bee’s Wrap‘s fabric and printing technique have been approved by the Global Organic Textile Standard, and the company is also a Green America and B Corporation.
The fact that you can reuse the sheets for up to a year is what makes Bee’s Wrap truly eco-friendly. When they lose their stickiness, you can compost them or wrap them around kindling and use them as fire starters.
What is the size of each Bee’s Wrap sheet?
A variety pack with three sizes is available for purchase:
- Small in size (7″ x 8″)
- Medium-sized (10″ x 11″)
- a big (13″ x 14″)
Bee’s Wrap also has customized bread and sandwich wraps. Furthermore, because the wraps are made of wax, they may be simply cut to fit your needs.
What is the mechanism behind it?
As you push and wrap the wraps around your food, they seal with the warmth of your hands. It takes a few trials to figure out how much pressure to apply and how long to press down for.
Bee’s Wrap sheets definitely soften with use, but I’m not convinced mine will survive a year.
After a week in Bee’s Wrap, this is how the vegetables appears.
I chose a variety bundle with three different page sizes. I wrapped half an avocado, half an onion, and half a lime in my little pieces (7″ x 8″). The medium pieces (10″ x 11″) were ideal for wrapping larger veggies such as cucumbers and bell peppers. I trimmed down the huge pieces (13″ x 14″) to store vegetables like Serrano peppers and apples because I didn’t have much use for them.
After a few days, I was astonished at how well my avocado stayed in the wrap; it went light brown but didn’t go bad. I kept the lime and onion in Bee’s Wrap for about a week, and even though the lime had dried out little, it still had a lot of juice. The onion was in excellent shape, and the rest of my produce remained crisp even after several days.
How does it stack up against other food storage options?
Bee’s Wrap, rather than plastic wrap or aluminum foil, I believe, keeps food fresher. When I stored my peppers in Bee’s Wrap, they lasted longer and were crisper, and I was amazed that my avocado only browned little after being in the fridge for a few days, as I noted before.
Bee’s Wrap, on the other hand, does not seem to seal in freshness as well as glass containers. Homemade fresh salsa dried up faster in a bowl covered with Bee’s Wrap than it would in a well sealed glass container. But, for the most part, I prep meals in glass containers and store sliced food in Bee’s Wrap for later use.
It’s worth noting that the business advises against using the wraps for raw meat. I’ve heard that Bee’s Wrap can be used to freeze stuff, but I haven’t tried it yet.
What’s the best way to clean it?
Cleaning Bee’s Wrap is simple: I take a small amount of soap and sponge each sheet before rinsing it under cold water (hot water will melt the wax). Despite the fact that the manufacturer sells a separate drying rack, I find that my dish rack suffices.
You might have staining issues; a red onion left little purple marks on one of my sheets, but they faded away after a few cleanings.
Let’s talk about the odor for a moment.
The smell of Bee’s Wrap is particularly intense when you first open a box. This bothered me because I’m sensitive to fragrances, and it took a week or two for me to stop smelling it every time I came into my kitchen.
You can still smell the wax after a month or so of using and cleaning the wraps – it’s just fainter. Thankfully, the odor does not appear to transfer to meals.
The final decision
I’ve been using Bee’s Wrap for a few months now, and the sheets are still in good condition. Because I use them frequently, they are considerably softer, so I am still skeptical that they will last a year. They are remain hermetically sealed for the time being.
Bee’s Wrap seems to keep vegetables fresher than plastic wrap or aluminum foil, therefore I don’t see the need to use it for food storage. I also like that you can compost it once it’s worn out. But I’m not ready to throw away my glass containers just yet; while Bee’s Wrap is fantastic for storing individual foods, it’s not ideal for huge batches of leftovers or meal prep.