Clear plastic wrap is both really convenient and really wasteful. However, Vermont farmer Sarah Kaeck has developed a truly ingenious solution this food wrap waste problem with an all natural product called Bee’s Wrap. These washable and reusable organic cotton sheets are infused with a mix of beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin. When you apply the heat from your hands to them, they conform easily to bowl rims and wrap half-eaten bread loaves with ease. An extra bonus is the natural antibacterial properties of the jojoba oil and bee’s wax.
Kaeck’s inspiration for Bee’s Wrap came from her need to keep food farm fresh. Living on a working farm, she wanted her children to be able to eat more food directly from their property, without being wasteful in the storage process. The result was not only more food for the kids, but the creation of a small business.
The process for using the Bee’s Wrap sheets is simple. The sheets are available in several sizes, so first select the right sized sheet for the job. Rather than having the clear plastic mess that comes off the roll sticking to everything, the Bee’s Wrap only gets sticky after you apply heat from your hands to mold it in place. Applying pressure to the sheet lets it begin to wrap over your food item. Press to seal the wrap around your food or dish, and then store it at an appropriate temperature. After use, wash the wrap with mild soap in cold water and hang to dry. Bee’s Wraps can be used for up to a year with proper cleaning.
A note for omnivores: Bee’s Wraps are not recommended for storing meat. Bee’s Wraps are available via their web shop here.