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Bee's Wrap
« on: September 21, 2021, 09:36:19 am »
https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/15/cnn-underscored/bees-wrap-reusable-food-storage/index.html?iid=CNNUnderscoredHPcontainer

Bee's Wrap started finding a new market in the last couple of years.  A beekeeping friend, who has done Farmer's Markets for 20 years, has started producing these in the last year.  She says that are gaining popularity.

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Re: Bee's Wrap
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2021, 06:21:59 pm »
I have thought about making some of these, and I probably will at some point.  I think they have their uses, but the problem I have is they can't fully replace plastic wrap because they are not microwaveable. 
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Re: Bee's Wrap
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2021, 09:47:22 am »
I have thought about making some of these, and I probably will at some point.  I think they have their uses, but the problem I have is they can't fully replace plastic wrap because they are not microwaveable.

I'm curious, 15th Member, is the plastic wrap to keep food from splattering in the microwave?  I don't know that I could ever totally give up on plastic wrap even though I remember a time before we had it.  I am working very hard on not bringing home plastic shopping bags.  :)

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Re: Bee's Wrap
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2021, 09:50:53 am »
I'm curious, 15th Member, is the plastic wrap to keep food from splattering in the microwave? 
Yes, that's right.  My mom has spent too many afternoons scrubbing the microwave to let anyone slack off on covering things in the microwave anymore.  ;)

I am working very hard on not bringing home plastic shopping bags.  :)
There's another thing.  I also wish we could eliminate plastic bags for the environment's sake, but we use them for all sorts of stuff, kitty litter, as trash bags for tiny trash cans, cleaning up especially messy situations.  I wish someone would invent a better single use biodegradable grocery bag, so that I could reuse them with a cleaner conscience.  :) 
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Re: Bee's Wrap
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2021, 10:16:21 am »
I bought a microwave food dome at Menard's (big home improvement store) about 4 years ago.  I think it was $5. Of all the other efforts to get my husband to use something in the microwave, this he will use. 
Those darned plastic shopping bags fit my bathroom trash cans perfectly.  A beekeeping friend operates a booth at the farmers market and I believe her bags are compostable or breakdown.  I sure they are more expensive.
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2021, 01:09:17 pm »
I bought a microwave food dome at Menard's (big home improvement store) about 4 years ago.  I think it was $5. Of all the other efforts to get my husband to use something in the microwave, this he will use. 
Those darned plastic shopping bags fit my bathroom trash cans perfectly.  A beekeeping friend operates a booth at the farmers market and I believe her bags are compostable or breakdown.  I sure they are more expensive.
That sounds like a great way to not use plastic wrap, or at least use less.  I'll take a look at those, thanks. 
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Re: Bee's Wrap
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2021, 07:56:41 am »
Wax paper works well in microwave as a substitute for plastic.
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Re: Bee's Wrap
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2021, 01:30:46 pm »
Wax paper works well in microwave as a substitute for plastic.
Huh, I've never thought about wax paper being more ecofriendly than plastic wrap, but I guess it's biodegradable as long as the wax on it is organic.  And even with synthetic wax, I'd imagine it still breaks down better than plastic wrap. 
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Re: Bee's Wrap
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2021, 11:04:04 pm »
Anyone have a good recipe for making these?
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Re: Bee's Wrap
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2021, 09:32:23 pm »
As I said, I've never tried it, but honeybeesuite.com has a recipe, and Rusty has never steered me wrong with anything so far.
https://www.honeybeesuite.com/beeswax-food-wraps-step-by-step/
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Re: Bee's Wrap
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2021, 10:27:40 am »
As I said, I've never tried it, but honeybeesuite.com has a recipe, and Rusty has never steered me wrong with anything so far.
https://www.honeybeesuite.com/beeswax-food-wraps-step-by-step/
I really like Rusty Burlew and her writing and remember seeing this article in the ABJ.
I made an attempt to make this a few years back, using a different method.  My finished product was very disappointing.  The method I used including the oven, which makes me nervous.  Beeswax + oven can end disastrously.
It appears that once you gather all your ingredients, you should plan on making multiple sets.  You can gift them or sell the extra sets.  With all the great cotton fabrics available, all you need to do is wait for a sale!

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Re: Bee's Wrap
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2021, 08:52:04 pm »
As I said, I've never tried it, but honeybeesuite.com has a recipe, and Rusty has never steered me wrong with anything so far.
https://www.honeybeesuite.com/beeswax-food-wraps-step-by-step/
The15thMember,  I just finished one round of Rusty Burlew's beeswax wrap recipe.  I haven't cleaned up yet.  I am waiting for everything to cool down.
As promised, it is easy.  You have to work with it and figure a system for you.  Rusty didn't write in the article about keeping the wax mixture warm so I kept my pint jar in the double boiler pan on low while I worked.  I like as little clean up as possible, so I'll have to see how easy this wax comes off the stove.  I wore vinyl gloves and that helped because you can't keep it off your hands.  Be aware that everything you touch will get wax on it.  So, I recommend an old tea towel over the door to the oven.  I spread freezer paper and newspaper over as much surface as I could.
I was only able to fit medium and small wraps on my baking pan, so I will need to find something bigger for the large wraps.
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Re: Bee's Wrap
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2021, 04:38:52 pm »
The15thMember,  I just finished one round of Rusty Burlew's beeswax wrap recipe.  I haven't cleaned up yet.  I am waiting for everything to cool down.
As promised, it is easy.  You have to work with it and figure a system for you.  Rusty didn't write in the article about keeping the wax mixture warm so I kept my pint jar in the double boiler pan on low while I worked.  I like as little clean up as possible, so I'll have to see how easy this wax comes off the stove.  I wore vinyl gloves and that helped because you can't keep it off your hands.  Be aware that everything you touch will get wax on it.  So, I recommend an old tea towel over the door to the oven.  I spread freezer paper and newspaper over as much surface as I could.
I was only able to fit medium and small wraps on my baking pan, so I will need to find something bigger for the large wraps.
That's great to hear!  I think I'll probably give it a try.  I was talking to my mom about it, and I think we could find enough use for them to be worth it.  Plus she loves the idea of having something pretty and reusable to use for rising bread dough.  How did it come off the stove?
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Re: Bee's Wrap
« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2021, 10:20:54 am »
The 15th, the stove wasn't bad, but I wish I had covered the floor in front of the stove.  I was worried about the step where you wave the hot wet covers in the air to cool.  I did that over the pan.  I think there was a picture, in the article, that showed checking for full wax coverage while the pan is in the oven.  Worried about a fire hazard, I pulled the pan out of the oven to do that.
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