Monday, December 19, 2016

Trying something new: Bee's wraps

 These arrived in today's mail: 2 bread loaf sized, Bee's wraps and a 3 count package of the large sized ones
 I got these to wrap foods such as my breads, without using plastic, which I am trying to reduce if not eliminate in my kitchen
 As the sheets are folded, the warmth of your hands softens the sheets, making them mold to the food you wish to cover
 All wrapped
and very secure! So far, I am impressed with this old school technology.

9 comments:

meme said...

Those are very interesting! I have never seen a product like that before.

Hawaii Planner said...

Please let me know if they keep food fresh over a few days. One of my 2017 goals is to look for ways to reduce things like plastic wrap & ziplocks!

TrayceeBee said...

I've actually never heard of these. Are they reusable as well? I may have to give them a try too! Hate dealing with plastic wrap and it's bad for the environment...

CTMOM said...

Here's a link: http://www.beeswrap.com/ I ordered mine directly from the company, used a 15% off offer, too. Not cheap, but I am looking for something more sustainable. Yes, they can be washed, hung up to dry, and reused over and over. They estimate, based upon usage, at least 1 year.

mikemax said...

If you are interested in getting rid of plastic in your home, I recommend reading Zero Waste Home, by Bea Johnson. While I found some of her ideas a bit too far out there for me, I discovered one thing that really works for me: Refuse. I take my reusable shopping bags to the store. If I forget, I tell the clerk I forgot my cloth bags and to please use as few plastic bags as possible. If I don't need a bag for a small purchase, I don't take one. This has drastically reduced the number of plastic bags that come into my home.

I disagree with Johnson when she says to get rid of all of the plastic and substitute glass. While I've (re)used glass jars for food storage for years, I don't have any real quarrel with plastic except for environmental reasons. In my case, I cannot recycle glass, but I can and do recycle plastic. I just make sure that I've reused it once or twice before I finally recycle it. I always use grocery sacks to line wastebaskets--why buy plastic bags when I've got more than I need, and they were FREE.

I will be having surgery in about a month and have been cooking double and freezing the extra for my daughter and husband while I am recovering. Although I've used a bit of aluminum foil and one zip-loc, by and large the entrees have been packaged in reused cottage cheese (and similar) cartons or wrapped in bread sacks or produce bags. I definitely get more than one use from plastic...sometimes, many uses.

I buy all of my spices in small amounts in bulk from the natural foods section of my grocery store. I store the spices in reused glass spice bottles. (Carol, if you pitched any glass spice bottles, pull 'em out of the bin). When MIL died and I cleaned out her apartment, I threw away all of her spices and kept the jars. Bulk spices cost a tiny fraction of the price of spices in jars. If your store does not carry bulk spices, look in the ethnic aisles. You would be surprised how many spices and herbs can be found in the Mexican and Asian sections, usually in little cellophane bags. Very cheap!

CTMOM said...

Max, some good suggestions. I am a life long glass jar saver! : ) So any jars from sprinkles were saved and will be repurposed for storage, most likely herbs/spices as you mentioned. Even as a kid, I never liked plastic always asking for a "glass glass" of milk vs the plastic Tupperware glasses my Mom had. I never liked the mouth feel and remain suspect on health concerns.

Belinda said...

Half Acre Homestead on YouTube has a video on how to make these at home. Such a great idea. :)

mikemax said...

Carol, I don't think I even used plastic glasses when my kids were small! My mother had aluminum glasses, and I didn't like them, either.

Tester1152 said...

Hi! I've read a blog with directions to make your own bees paper. Could be more cost effective if you make your own, or re-wax the clothes you have!!

http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2015/08/reusable-food-wrap.html