We all have that one inanimate nemesis. Mine just happens to be cling wrap.
I’ve seen people be able to stretch a perfectly cut piece over a bowl, remove all the creases, and voila! A beautiful, almost invisible seal.
Not me. I usually end up cutting myself on the serrated edge, I hack the cling wrap to bits, and the piece I cut off clings to itself before I even have a chance to look at it.
Oh yeah, and plastic is bad for the environment.
(Disclaimer: this last reason is why I looked into this product in the first place, but for the sake of entertainment I started with my PTSD — Plastic Traumatic Stress Description.)
There’s an environmentally-friendly, cling-wrap-stress-diffusing option out there: beeswax wrap. More and more companies are making a version of this, but this is the first version I came across.
It uses beeswax on cotton or linen to form a resealable and reusable sheet.
I was skeptical at first, but it forms a nice seal on bowls or, if it’s large enough, it will wrap around your food and stick to itself. The warmth from your hands is enough to make it seal.
Where this product really shines, is keeping bread fresh. It does a great job at keeping, say, a baguette crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
To clean it, just use some cool water with mild dish soap and hang to dry. (Using hot water and lots of soap will cut it’s life considerably.) I’ve been using mine for about a year and I’m sure I’ll need to replace it soon. But I rest easy, being free of plastic frustration, and knowing I’m wasting less plastic.
Beeswax wrap makes a great sustainable change for your kitchen and a great stocking stuffer. But when gifting, it might be important to remember it’s not vegan.