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Honeybee Wrap

Reusable storage wrap.

Words / Phaedrus Lam
Illustration / Furze Chan
Translation / Ian Tsang

溫和可口的蜂蠟,除了適合舐在嘴巴裡滋味,有沒有想過蜂蠟也可用於保鮮,使食品的壽限延長;是一個用美味包裹著美味的概念。

來自北美先人的智慧,蠟蜂保鮮布是北美家庭一種源遠流長的保鮮法,在近年環保潮流下獲得重新的重視,而且自己製作起來也相當簡單。

製作時,需要先準備一塊綿布、適量的蜂蠟,把蜂蠟切碎後加熱至半融化,再均勻地塗抹在綿布上、放涼後即成。使用時,把蜂蠟綿布蓋在食器上,用手心溫度使綿布軟化,再行下壓、塑形,最後把食器整個送進冰箱裡就大功告成,而只要包裹的不是肉都可放心使用。此外,蜂蠟會隨綿布的折疊、使用次數而掉落,但也不用擔心,這時只要重新塗抹蜂蠟就可以循環再用幾次。

上面是我最近相中的蠟蜂保鮮布,來自澳洲的品牌Honeybee Wrap。因為太懶得自己弄一塊,看見Honeybee Wrap的物料與天然自製的成份相當,只是綿布是天然有機綿,另加入荷荷巴油、椰子油和樹脂等材料,再加上花花綠綠討人歡喜的圖案設計,不假思索就買了下來。比起又皺又薄、用完即棄的保鮮膜,無論是自己動手做,抑或是購買現成的蠟蜂保鮮布,使用時心情都踏實多了。

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When it comes to mild and tasty beeswax, apart from turning it over in your mouth for gastronomic pleasure, has it ever occurred to you that it can also be used for keeping food fresh and extending its storage life? The idea is using tastiness to envelop tastiness.

The wisdom of beeswax cotton wrap can be traced back to ancestors in North America. It is an age-old food storage method used by North American families. Thanks to a growing interest in environmental protection in recent years, this practice is once again attracting interest and attention. It is also very simple to make beeswax wrap by yourself.

When it comes to mild and tasty beeswax, apart from turning it over in your mouth for gastronomic pleasure, has it ever occurred to you that it can also be used for keeping food fresh and extending its storage life? The idea is using tastiness to envelop tastiness.

To make the wrap, you need to first prepare a piece of cotton fabric and an appropriate amount of beeswax. After grating the beeswax, heat until it is half melted, and spread it evenly on the cotton fabric; once cooled, it is ready for use. First, place the beeswax cotton wrap on top of the tableware; next, use the warmth of your hands to soften it and mould it to the tableware by applying pressure, and finish off by sliding the tableware into the fridge. You can count on it as long as it is not used for wrapping meat. In addition, the attached beeswax will start coming off after being repeatedly folded and used. However, be rest assured that it can be reused for a few more times by applying a new layer of beeswax on it.

Shown above is the beeswax wrap that caught my interest recently, a product by an Australian brand called Honeybee Wrap. I am just too lazy to make one myself, and I noticed that the materials and ingredients used for making Honeybee Wrap is similar to the natural homemade version. The only difference is that Honeybee Wrap makes use of natural organic cotton fabric, as well as other ingredients such as jojoba oil, coconut oil and tree resin. Adding to its appeal are the colorful and lovely patterns, and without giving it a thought, I made a purchase right away. Compared to those thin and creasy single-use food wraps, beeswax wraps are bound to give you more peace of mind, regardless of whether you are making them yourself, or buying ready-made ones.

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