I use glass jars and containers when I can. It seems less wasteful than plastic wrap because it saves the food better and is washable for use after use. I even have a few vintage ball and atlas jars that I actually use. The problem with the vintage jars is that the threads are slightly different and I don’t have lids for all of them. Enter beeswax wraps.
Last month I got my first Canadian food photography client, Abeego. Well, they aren’t actually a food brand, but their product goes with food, so now my product photography also makes me a Vancouver Food Photographer. Abeego makes beeswax wraps, and they shipped me a set to photograph and keep. While, they paid me to take the photos, this is NOT a paid blog post and they did not require me to join their beeswax food wrap movement – but I am in.
A half avocado or half pear does not fit well in a jar and the big glass containers I have are bulky alternatives, so I have found myself grabbing a reusable beeswax wrap to save my extra produce. The wraps are pliable and self-adhesive so they go around any shape.
I also learned that my missing lid conundrum is a blessing in disguise because living food was not designed to be wrapped airtight, otherwise rinds, peels & skin would be airtight, but it is not. So, the hemp and organic cotton cloth that Abeego coats with their formula of beeswax, tree resin and jojoba oil is perfect.
I have a former bee-keeping vegan brother who asked about the use of beeswax, but as my friends at Abeego explain, “Abeego saves honey bees by saving food…the average household throws 1 in 4 produce items into the trash, so imagine the positive effect we would have on honey bees if we took good care of the fresh food they supply us with.”
I just wash them cold water and a tiny bit of Mrs. Meyers rosemary dish soap and they get folded until I need them again (cold water because hot water will melt the wax). Rumor has it that when they are past their useful life (which is supposed to be a year or more away, that they can be used as a fire starter. And I am always up for an excuse to roast marshmallows.