Beeswax wraps are an excellent, plastic-free way to keep your produce fresh! They allow food the breathe which keeps them fresh for longer (especially with herbs). You can also use them to wrap up different snacks, cover dishes or wrap fresh bread.
Beeswax wraps should last you around 150 uses with proper care and a little maintenance. Avoid hot food, hot surfaces, and washing them in hot water. You should also avoid using them with meat. When washing, use cool water and mild dish soap. Allow them to air-dry on a flat surface or dish rack. When storing them, fold loosely and keep in a cool, dry place.
If you've used your beeswax food wraps for a while now, you might notice that they get a little flakey in some spots and have a few creases. They're still usable when they're like this but if you want, you can refresh them quickly and re-melt the wax so they look like new!
There are different methods to refresh wraps, but this is my favourite way! It's super easy and there are only a few steps:
1) Preheat oven to the lowest possible temperature setting
2) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper so that the wraps don't end up sticking to your baking sheet. If you're doing more than one wrap at a time, make sure they aren't overlapping or they'll stick to each other.
3) Put your wrap(s) in the oven for 2 minutes or until you notice that the wax has started to melt.
4) Take your wraps out of the oven and let them sit on the parchment until they cool down.
And that's it! You're done and your wraps should look like new... or pretty close to it! You should be able to repeat this a few times during the life of your beeswax wraps. Once they're completely worn out, they can be tossed right in the compost!