Are you, like us, suddenly worrying about how to preserve food and how to keep food fresh? We promise you’re not alone! It’s more important than ever to try and create a zero waste kitchen, and we don’t just mean ditching plastic packaging.
This is where we come in! Made from materials which are naturally breathable with antibacterial qualities, a plastic-free food wrap is a lifesaver for preserving food and keeping everything fresh for longer. Here are just a few ways you can use your beeswax wraps to keep food fresh.
1. Keep your sourdough soft
Or any other loaf for that matter! Tom, our business development manager and occasional company chef, swears by beeswax wraps to help keep his sourdough fresh and mould-free for at least a week after he’s made it!
If you’re buying your weekly loaf, remove any non-breathable plastic or paper wrap and cover it in a Beeswax Wrap; you’ll be amazed at how much fresher it stays. Baking your own? Once it’s cooled, pop it in a wrap to store for later.
You can even wrap a loaf and pop it in your freezer! We recommend slicing it beforehand for easy defrosting, and you can store it for up to a month in the freezer.
2. Keep your salad leaves crunchy
We try to buy our salad leaves and leafy greens from our greengrocer wrapped in paper, but can definitely confess to buying a plastic bag of salad from Sainsbury’s every now and then! If you leave leafy greens unwrapped they’ll wilt and go soft, and if you leave them in plastic they sweat and turn to mush (gross!). Instead, wrap them loosely in one of our large wraps (we recommend making a pouch) to keep them fresh and crispy for up to a week longer than usual.
3. Keep your fruit and veg fresh
For us, this usually looks like a fridge full of halves; half a lemon, half an onion, half an avocado. Wrap any of these up in a beeswax wrap and they stay fresh for so much longer, making them perfect to use for the next meal; reducing waste and making your food last longer! Anything leafy should be wrapped right away, but hardier veg like carrots and celery also last longer and stay crunchier if you wrap them up too.
4. Make leftovers last longer
We’re cooking in bigger batches to help use up any older vegetables (but also because we’re feeling a little bit lazy!), and covering the leftover dishes of bolognese, casseroles and curries with our wraps. This will keep your leftovers fresh (perfect for tomorrow’s lunch!), and save you needing to use cling film, tin foil or a plastic container. Win win!
If you’ve got any other genius ideas for how to keep food fresh, let us know and we’ll add them to this post! We hope you find our beeswax wraps useful for all sorts but especially for preserving food.