Pros And Cons Of Beeswax Wraps
Beeswax wraps are a wonderful product that can be used to keep food fresh while also helping the environment. These wraps can be incorporated into anybody's day to day food preparation. Like all products there are some pros and a few cons to using these wraps that should be considered when considering if they are going to work for you..
Beeswax Wrap Pros:
- Environmentally friendly to create :
- These wraps are made from organic cotton, beeswax, and natural oils and whose production does not produce the levels of pollution that making single use plastic products does. All too often the products we love cause environmental damage that we do not love. These wraps break that negative pollution cycle which means you can feel good about the choices you are making, and work towards a more waste free or plastic free household.
- Beeswax wraps are reusable :
Beeswax wraps can be reused up to 100 times with care. These wraps are great because once you have purchased or made them you can leave them and forget them and not worry about running out when you are in the middle of preparing your lunch or putting away the leftovers from dinner.
- Good for specialty items :
- These wraps are known to be particularly good at keeping items such as cut avocados and cheese fresh. For example beeswax wraps can keep a cut avocado fresh for up to 4 days. In the case of cheese airtight containers are not optimal because natural ammonia emitted by cheese can quickly be reabsorbed by the cheese. Like cheese paper beeswax wraps allow for enough breathing of the cheese to keep it nice and fresh.
- Can be repurposed :
- Unlike single use plastic products which can take over 500 years to break down, beeswax wraps can be either composted once they are worn or used as a natural firestarter. Instead of creating pollution that will be hanging around a landfill for centuries, beeswax wraps end up turning into rich compost that can be used to make your garden flourish.
- Eye Appeal :
- Beeswax wraps are also simply a nice touch to your kitchen. They can remind us of homemade breads or preserves made by family members or found in amazing local farmers markets. These wraps can also take our senses on an adventure to a seaside holiday or to traveling to a place we have never been before filled with new foods to try. In the same way that it is nice to put out a pretty dish towel to brighten up your kitchen, beeswax wraps can make your kitchen feel more homey.
Beeswax Wrap Cons:
- Not heat friendly :
- Not being heat friendly is the main challenge to using these wraps. These wraps are not good to use for warm items you might want to wrap such as still warm leftovers. In addition these wraps need to be kept in a cool spot because the heat of your car, your oven, the top of your microwave, or even direct sunlight can cause the beeswax to become a mess or flake onto your food. While the beeswax would not harm you, few people want extra beeswax to garnish their food so if you are going to be somewhere hot you might bring a cooler.
- Not for raw meat or seafood :
- While there are a whole list of foods that work really well with beeswax wraps, raw meat or seafood is not one. Raw meat and seafood can leave bacteria that could make you ill. You do not want to make yourself ill. You do not want to use these wraps for raw meat and seafood in the same way you don’t cut raw meat or seafood and then cut veggies on the same cutting board.
- Can mold :
- It is important to take care that you properly maintain your wraps by washing and letting them dry completely to prevent mold. If used properly you have nothing to worry about but just like if a damp towel sits around for a long time there is the potential for mustiness or mold to develop neither of which you want hanging out next to your food. Seek Bamboo has a great read on how to clean beeswax wraps, and it is actually fairly easy to maintain beeswax wraps
- Larger upfront costs :
- While over the course of their lifetime beeswax wraps will save you money they do cost more upfront. Even if someone decides to go and make their own they will find that there are certain costs associated with the supplies needed. Depending on a person's finances these upfront costs could make taking the step to us beeswax wraps a bit of a challenge.
Beeswax wraps are a really great add to any household, and if you are an on- the-go person than these are a really great alternative to storing your food in plastic, and they will last you a long time. Not sure what to do with your beeswax wraps? Check out another great read on how to use beeswax wraps and learn about all the great uses for beeswax wraps!