Switch to Silicon Lids and Beeswax Wraps

My household, as with many households out there, used to use Saran Wrap (cling film) every day. Whether it was to cover half-eaten pieces of fruit, wrap cheese after making sandwiches or to cover leftovers.

Rethinking my use of plastic, especially single-use plastic, in our home and with goals to reduce our household waste, I came across the wonderful world of silicon lids and beeswax wraps.

Now I know containers (whether it be plastic or glass) do a good job with regards to storage but in my defence running a reasonably large household, empty containers fill up pretty quickly. That, and finding a lid that fits turns into a seemingly useless endeavour of unpacking the cupboard in search of the perfect fit. Which at the best of times doesn’t seem like a good idea to me.

Back to the silicon lids and bees-wax wraps….

The silicone lidsare wonderful to use. They are made of food-grade silicone and the packet of covers I bought contained 7 “lids” of varying sizes. I easily cover medium-sized pots, bowls and plates of food (hot or cold). It’s quick and easy to use on both round-, square- or rectangular shaped bowls and they are super versatile. The smallest cover is ideal to cover tins (cans) and we use it every day to cover Merlin’s (cat) and Milo’s (dog) wet food. You can wash them in the dishwasher as well. Win-win.

 

                              

The bees-wax wrapstake some getting used to, however. In colder climates, they don’t seem to mould over bowls that well. The wax stays quite hard. I found they worked best when you cover your containers and use an elastic band to secure them. I mostly use the wraps to cover fruit, veggies and cheese in. Don’t use them to wrap meat, acidic fruit such as pineapple, or hot food. The meat will contaminate them, the acid from the fruit will eat away at the wax, and heat will melt it. The wraps last for a good 6 months if you take care of them properly. To clean, just give them a rinse under cold water, leave them to dry and fold them up.

This has proven a quick, easy and cost-effective way to either eliminate or reduce, the need for plastic wrap in the house. In fact, I have a roll in the grocery cupboard that hasn’t been used in months. Small steps indeed…..