How to Keep Fresh Produce Longer
We hope you are all being safe out there and keeping healthy. I just wanted to talk about keeping your produce longer. Buying fresh produce (fruit, veggies, breads and cheeses) is not only expensive, it has a limited fridge life once you bring it home. As our current times are tough, and possibly going to get tougher in the very near future, It is going to be super important that wastage is minimised, and all produce is nutritionally sufficient for us all.
I wanted to share some info about our amazing products, because we are resin & rosin-FREE. Pine resin is a natural compound made from pine and fir trees and when the bark is damaged it seeps out. It is also used in the production of many assorted manufactured plastics which we see today. That is why there is a funky plastic odour and feel when used on wax wraps, that some of you dislike. Not only is rosin dust allergenic but when heated and inhaled the fumes can cause health issues, whilst Dammar gums and resins are used in the manufacturing of paints, varnishes and even chewing gum. Therefore, I know I would not put this on my food with a safety data sheet (SDS) that has a hazard identification list as such; https://www.chemsupply.com.au/documents/RT0021CHD9.pdf . Also, I have included some interesting information out of Princeton University in regard to rosin dusts. https://www.nontoxichub.com/rosin-hazards. So clearly, you can see and understand why I am against the use of any of these products on and near foods we consume and in the production of making the wax wraps. Keep it simple folks (local filtered beeswax, organic Australian jojoba oil and organic sustainable farmed coconut oils).
The benefits of using beeswax wraps are: (there are so many, but here are a few ideas).
- To retain the nutrients and freshness in raw produce is a great point to start with. We recommend wrapping raw fresh produce in Misty Lane & Co Beeswax Wraps, as this will keep the nutrients in your produce longer and make it all last better, so you have time to eat it all. For example: Celery will last 3 weeks if its topped and tailed and washed, then wrapped in a wax wrap. You can also slow the ripening down of bananas by wrapping the top of the fingers or the whole bunch. Example: (picture below) Bananas (ready to eat) – 5 days on the bench top totally wrapped in a wax wrap and they have not aged since purchase. However, the other half of the bunch ended up as banana cake (too over-ripe). Tomatoes will last longer, before ending up as a Sugo al pomodoro sauce for your pastas. Carrots stay brighter, and crunchier. You have all seen what plastic wrap and hard plastics do to avocados. They go black and decompose very quickly. You lose so much to the compost bin or chickens. This is because plastic does not breath and while produce has a natural gas release, the sweating from plastics causes produce to decay quickly.
So, we suggest you take the produce out of your shopping bags as soon as you get home and wrap all items in our wax wraps. We do not suggest you put different produce together or into a large wax bag together, because all fruit and vegetable release different gases and can affect the freshness of the neighbouring items and spoil the lot.
2. Reusable products are designed to stop the impacts and cost of single use or non-biodegradable items/plastics dumped into our environments. As you may or may not be aware, plastic materials are made from petrochemicals or oil-based materials and are causing huge environmental problems (from manufacturing through to the disposal). The worst of it all is that the chemicals found in all plastics are transferable to us through our foods, the food-chains and packaging. It is best not to choose any plastics (#Plasticfreeliving).
However, if you have to use plastics, then the best options are often identified as ‘Green Plastics’ and are 100% biodegradable and should be made from starch, lignin, cellulose etc (NOT petrochemicals). I am a strong believer of good old glass, stainless steel, metal, paper, cardboards and other living products (banana leaves, cabbage leaves etc,) to wrap your produce/lunch instead of plastics.
- Beeswax has non-allergenic properties and is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. Also, like honey, beeswax has antimicrobial properties, which are awesome in keeping food fresher. When you use beeswax wraps the produce can breathe and because the wax is watertight and locks in the moisture, slowing down the gas release from the produce, which allows the food to breath naturally and stay fresher for longer.
- Refreshing our wraps in the oven. Over time wax wraps will age and they may start to naturally crumble or stop sticking. Because we don’t use resins/rosins or gums in our wraps, it is super simple to get extra life out of each wrap, by using this simple trick. (100 degrees Celsius for 2-3 min on paper on an oven tray).
Well, I could keep going with more and more ideas of how to get the most out of your wraps. This will give me more ideas to talk about next time. I suggest you Bee adventurous and use on all, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads, baked goods, herbs, leaves, fermented style foods, raising breads, to cover bowls, plates and leftovers. They can be used in the fridge, freezer, lunchbox and items wrapped and left on the bench top. Heck, we use it to cover our handmade soaps and even crackers stay fresher if left in original packaging and wrapped or put into a wax pocket. You can fold the wraps, to replace zip-lock plastic bags, or use sandwich pockets.
On a final note, support the little guys in business, who are working hard to help make a difference to the environment we all live in and share.
Bee safe, stay healthy and stick together