Nourish and Flourish: Flavors of the Season

Eco-Friendly Beeswax Wrap

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For hundreds of years, many people stored their food in “cold” rooms such as basements or pantries. While not as effective as a modern fridge, it certainly helped food to last longer. Salting and pickling were also time-tested methods. However, cold environmen­ts and preserving in jars couldn’t always prevent food going bad, especially before the mid1800s, because pasteuriza­tion hadn’t yet been invented. Food spoiled very easily and became bacteria ridden, especially when left “out in the open.”

There has been one food preservati­on method that has been popular among many households for generation­s. Beeswax cloth has been a popular method for preserving food for thousands of years. The history of waxing fabric for various uses can be traced back to the time of the Egyptians. The first use of beeswax–coated fabric being used to preserve food so that it wouldn’t go bad was documented in the early 20th century. This practice allows vegetables and fruit and other perishable goods to last longer than they would had they been left out of refrigerat­ion. The wax– coated fabric also provides a versatile cover and alternativ­e to plastic for clay and glass vessels.

Beeswax wraps are the perfect way to kickstart your lowwaste lifestyle. They are a versatile, sustainabl­e food wrap, replacing single-use plastics, particular­ly plastic wrap. These beeswax food wraps are also 100% natural, easy to use, and washable. You can see how making the plastic-free swap is easier than ever!

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