Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Apiwraps are made from wax and do not need to be wet. Simply wrap the item you want to store and use the warmth of your hands to seal the wrap onto itself or the item you are wrapping. Apiwraps seal easily to any smooth natural surface. Apiwraps will not seal to some types of pliable plastic.
Gently brush the wrap over with a soapy dishcloth/brush/wand (whatever you use) and rinse under cold water. Use a gentle hand soap rather than harsh detergent. Air dry, or blot carefully with a tea towel, then store. Keep your Apiwraps rolled or folded up next to the tea towels in a drawer or in a pretty container on the bench.
With proper care and attention to avoiding greasy or acidic foods, Apiwraps will last around a year. Every month or two it is a good idea to refresh your Apiwrap by placing it on a baking tray in the sun for the afternoon. This can also be done quickly using a hairdryer. This process will maintain a smooth and supple surface on your Apiwrap.
Our favourite places are:
In the drawer next to the tea towels
In a pretty container on the bench (in sight and ready for use!)
Hanging with a peg on the inside of the pantry door
Drying on the dish rack ready for next time
Apiwraps have a pleasant honey scent, which comes from lovely unprocessed beeswax. Even when used to wrap butter I haven’t found any transfer of flavour or scent. If you use your Apiwrap to cover a cut onion or blue cheese there may be some scent on the wrap after washing. Leave your Apiwrap out on the dish rack over night and this will dissipate.
You may notice some times that a little wax is left behind after unwrapping your Apiwrap. This is often because the item was warm when it was wrapped, melting the wax on more than usual. This residue can be removed by washing with soap, but is harmless as the wax compound is made from food safe ingredients. If residue is left on crockery it can be washed off the same way with soap and water.
If you have your Apiwrap in contact with richly coloured foods like beetroot or tumeric they can transfer a little colour. Over time marks and stains can occur, be prompt to clean them to minimise significant staining. (This is an advantage of our richly patterned fabrics!)
Yes! Apiwraps work really well for keeping cookie dough, bread, and other freezer foods that would be kept with plastic wrap. Take a moment to let them come to room temperature before unwrapping.
Yes! Apiwraps are watertight, but the allow a little air circulation – they won’t allow external yeast or bacteria to get in. This is the ideal environment for fermentation.
Apiwraps beeswax wraps are made from pure Australian beeswax, organic coconut oil and pine gum, on GOTS certified organic cotton.
Here’s a run-down of our raw materials:
Beeswax from our apiarist in NSW. We’ve vetted our beekeeper closely and are pleased to report that his practices are the most ethical and sustainable in modern apiary management. He’s a third generation Apiarist and his bees are kept in the pristine state forests of the New England plateau.
We use small amounts of certified organic coconut oil from Sri Lanka and Gum Rosin from the highlands of Vietnam to ensure our beeswax wraps are long lasting and easy to use. These are all food ingredients and are safe to use with and on food (goodness you could eat an apiwrap if it came to it!)
Our cotton is GOTS certified which means the cotton is grown and processed without any chemical pesticides or harmful chemical treatments. Water use is monitored closely and even the dyes on the fabric are certified organic. This is processed in South Korea where they have the most sophisticated cotton milling machinery (we don’t have this available in Australia – goodness knows we’ve been trying to make it happen – hopefully one day soon!).
Our textiles are woven and printed in South Korea and brought to our warehouse in NSW where we prepare our wax and apply it using our custom machinery.
It’s then brought to our Adelaide warehouse for cutting and packing.
When you order Apiwraps online they’re packed up by our team in Adelaide and sent to you with Australia Post.