Nourish and Flourish: Flavors of the Season
Eco-Friendly Beeswax Wrap
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!