Beeswax Wrap Care & FAQs
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About Jacobite Beeswax Wraps
Beeswax has non-allergenic properties and unlike plastic, beeswax is a natural, nontoxic substance. It has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties helping keep things clean and reducing risks of contamination. Beeswax is also waterproof, yet still breathable, protecting your food from getting wet or wilted while locking in moisture, flavour and freshness.
Our wraps are handmade in East Lothian, Scotland with certified food grade beeswax, natural damar tree resin and organic jojoba oil infused into 100% cotton fabric. Packaging and postal boxes are made with is 100% recycled paper.
Scrunch the new wrap to activate the stickiness then use the warmth of your hands to shape & seal around your food or container. It is best to use a beeswax wrap that’s much larger than the objects or food you’re wrapping. For example, a small wax wrap should completely cover the open half of a sliced onion or lime to be effective. When wrapping over bowls or plates, the wraps should fit down at least half way past the edge.
Your wax wrap looking a bit worn? Here’s how to refresh it
There are two simple ways you can restore your Wax Wrap back to its natural beauty.
1. Grab an old cookie sheet (warm wax can be messy and difficult to clean up so use a pan you don’t care about), put down a silicon baking mat and lay your Wax Wrap on top. Simply heat it in a 100°C oven. Once it has re-melted after 1-3 mintues, carefully take it out by its corners and hang it up quickly before the wax dries – your wrap will look shiny and new! If the wax has worn off in places, you can sprinkle some grated wax on the cotton, but be sure to add it sparingly.
2. Place a sheet of parchment paper down on your ironing board to cover your board, then place the Wax Wrap on top covered by another large piece of parchment paper. Again, hot wax is incredibly sticky and can seep out the sides, so you want the pieces of parchment paper to completely cover your workspace. Heat your iron to a medium heat and press over the Wax Wrap. Voila – good as new! If you are careful you can store and reuse the parchment paper the next time you want to freshen up your wraps. Just keep the waxed sides together and be careful of the mess.
Grab an old cookie sheet (warm wax can be messy and difficult to clean up so use a pan you don’t care about), put down a silicon baking mat and lay your Wax Wrap on top. Simply heat it in a 100°C oven 2-3 minutes. Once it has re-melted, carefully take it out by its corners and hang it up quickly before the wax dries – your wrap will look shiny and new.
(video credit: Superbee wraps)
It’s the beeswax and tree resin that makes the wrap stick to glass bowls and itself, all good for you skin so when moulding the wraps your fingers will feel tacky. This feeling goes away very quickly. Like a salve though it’s good for you skin too!
Yes there’s an occasional wonky edge! I try my best to make every wrap the best it can be, but as they’re hand-cut and unique with a roller cutter the fabric can move. Not always perfectly square but always the minimum size mentioned when ordering. Less waste this way and you have a bit extra to use! The zigzag edge reduces fraying and gives extra cling.
Beeswax wraps can last up to 12 months and maybe longer. It depends on how much you use them, and how well you take care of them. If they come into contact with hot surfaces or water over 60°C or 140°F the wax will melt and affect the durability of the product. See the video about how to restore, refresh and pasteuriser your wrap.
Hand wash like a plate, in cold water using an alcohol free washing up liquid like Ecover, Bio D or Method (alcohol based washing up liquid will slowly dissolve the beeswax). Leave to air dry, roll up and store ready for next use. Keep out of the dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, tumble drier or other hot surfaces!
As the wraps are infused with beeswax and tree resin they may have a strong aroma which fades over time. Some people are more sensitive to the smell and in some cases may make some foods have a light beeswax aroma. However non of the ingredients will transfer into your food and are non toxic.