Beeswax Wraps

The plastic lids to our glass food storage containers (which are my favorite containers and the only ones I use!) are starting to crack. At first, I didn’t mind seeing a crack here or there in the lids because they still “worked” pretty well. I didn’t see a need to rush out and buy replacements, but then, a piece of a blue plastic lid broke off and fell into our food when I was putting leftovers away.

Gross.

That does not spark joy for me.

I’m already not crazy about how much plastic we use on a regular basis, and I certainly don’t want to worry about plastic pieces ending up in our food. So, I got rid of the ones with cracks.

These containers need covers, though. My options were to order the replacement lids (which can be found online), use aluminum foil, plastic wrap, a plate, and so on. Trying to bring mindfulness to all areas of my life, I thought about it while and ultimately decided to try food wraps made from beeswax.

Beeswax wraps seem like they would be the perfect, sustainable solution for food storage. They can be used over and over (just not for meats) and conform to fit containers of different sizes. Not having to spend time searching the cabinet for an exact-match container lid sounds good to me, too!

Though they are new to me, beeswax wraps for food storage have been around for a long time. There are tons of DIY instructions online for making beeswax wraps, but I thought I’d try some that were pre-made to test them out first. And, so far, so good!

They’re not the same as a tight-fitting container lid, of course, but they do get the job done! They are easy to clean (simply wash in cold water) and to store.

The ones I purchased are made with fabric that is a little thicker than the DIY versions I have seen, so I’m really curious how a thinner fabric might work instead. (I put making my own beeswax wraps on my list of things to try in the near future.)

Would you try using beeswax wraps or have you already? Which brands have you tried? Have you made your own?

I’d love to know!

~Melissa

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