Using plastic bags, cling wraps and aluminum foil to store food has two basic problems: they’re environmentally unfriendly and the boxes of them take up a lot of storage space.
There is a better way: Etee Wraps. Etee wraps are made from organic cotton impregnated with beeswax and other organic/natural resins and compounds. They stick to themselves far better than any plastic cling wrap and are slightly breathable so that condensation doesn’t pool against vegetables and gasses escape.
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A couple of years ago, I tried some other beeswax wraps and wasn’t really impressed as they just didn’t stick to themselves well enough to truly be useful. The Etees stick much better, I think because they don’t rely solely on beeswax but resins as well.
Besides taking up less space to store since you can reuse them and being better than generating more plastic trash, there’s a bonus: my cut veggies last a few days longer when I wrap them with an Etee than when I use plastic or aluminum foil. Cheese also does better.
If food gets on one, you just wash it off and let it dry before reusing. Mild soap is okay; using cool water will prolong their life (hot water will soften and remove a bit of the beeswax).
I have been using them for cut veggies and some leftovers. I’ve even tossed them over Dave’s sandwich to keep it from drying out when a friend stopped by just as I put lunch on the table. They also work well if you store veggies out of the refrigerator — wrap carrots and celery in them to keep them from drying out; there is just enough air flow to keep condensation from forming and causing the carrots or celery to rot.
They’re great for keeping a cut lemon or lime, or half a grapefruit or orange. The company suggests using them to wrap homemade bread and cookies; I haven’t tried this yet.
They are great for cheese, again doing much better than putting a cut piece of cheese in a Ziploc. It’s like having a wax casing around the cheese that keeps re-forming itself every time you cut a piece off.
I’ve dedicated one wrap to use on onions. It has picked up a bit of onion smell, but nothing overpowering.
They should not be used on raw meat but are great to cover bowls and pans. They’ll stick to most surfaces (some plastics are just a little too slick) and to themselves. Because they stick to themselves so well, it’s not a problem to use them on plastic bowls since I can get a good tight fit just pressing one on itself.
All my wraps are still going strong with over three month’s use — they are literally showing no wear. The company says that they’ll last anywhere from four months to a year, depending on the amount and type of usage. I did a quick cost comparison against Ziploc bags and found they were roughly comparable, depending on exactly how many uses you get from an Etee and how often you reuse a Ziploc.
The beeswax and resins make them naturally “sticky” so that they stick to themselves or the dish you are covering. To activate, wad one up and roll it in your hands (the cooler the temperature, the more you’ll have to roll it around; I’ve noticed that I need to do very little “activating” as it gets to be summer in the hot Florida Keys), then wrap it around the item.
I wondered if my hands would feel unbearably sticky after activating. Slightly sticky? Yes. But not annoyingly so — I often don’t immediately wash my hands to get it off. Just a quick rinse with water and a wipe on a towel takes it away.
You know how with cling wrap or aluminum foil, it’s hard to take something out — perhaps to use a little more of an onion or cucumber — and then reuse the wrap without it tearing yet still sticking? Not a problem with the Etees — if I’m using it on the same item, I don’t usually wash it (unless gunky to reactivate) but simply reactivate it and re-wrap.
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