While cling film and other forms of plastic wraps are quite convenient, they are terrible for the environment. That’s why manufacturers have been trying to come up with more sustainable options every day.
One alternative that has quickly been gaining popularity is beeswax wraps.
Made from cotton coated with beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin, these wraps are as convenient as they are eco-friendly. But some people have raised some concerns over the years, particularly about how they affect food’s taste.
So do beeswax wraps make food taste funny? It’s about time we found out.
Do beeswax wraps make food taste funny?
Some beeswax wraps may impart a mild honey/beeswax taste to food. And while those who aren’t keen on this taste won’t notice it, some will immediately.
In fact, several people have given up on beeswax wraps entirely due to this alone. If you’re one of these people, there are many benefits of beeswax wraps that might be worth you giving them another shot.
Benefits of beeswax wraps
Taste aside, beeswax wraps do come with great benefits. These include:
They are 100% natural
All the ingredients that are used to make beeswax wraps are organic and 100% natural. As such, these wraps are biodegradable and can be composted.
They can be reused
Once you are done with your beeswax wraps, all you have to do is wash them and use them again. As such, they can last for up to a year.
And when they start looking shabby, just warm them in the oven for 5 minutes and they will become automatically refreshed. Use your lowest setting though. Otherwise, you may melt your wraps beyond repair.
They are versatile
These wraps can be used for fruits, vegetables, bread, and even cheese.
Limitations of beeswax wraps
As much as we love these wraps, they do have their limitations. These include:
They leave residue on hand and dishes
If you regularly use beeswax wraps, you will notice that they leave residual particles on your hands and any dishes you use them with. These are usually pieces of the beeswax coating and are more common when your wraps are new.
As you continue to use these wraps though, the particles will be less and less prevalent.
While some people may not mind these particles, many do.
They can melt
When stored under direct sunlight or in a hot car, these wraps can melt and stick to one another. This means you can’t use them for hot food either.
They are expensive
High-quality beeswax wraps are in high demand and therefore pricy. No matter which brand you buy you will notice that they are much more expensive than plastic wraps. However, they are well worth the investment since you can reuse them over and over again.
They can stain
It is common for beeswax wraps to absorb oils and colors from foods and spices. So if you want to avoid staining, you are going to have to take some preventive measures.
For instance, you will have to blot away any excess oils before storing foods like pizza in these wraps.
Take care of your wraps
The only way to ensure that your beeswax wraps last a long time is to properly take care of them. So don’t use them for meat, wash them regularly and keep them away from heat.
And when it’s finally time to let go, toss them into your compost heap.