In the quest to reduce plastic waste in the kitchen, reusable beeswax wrappers (made of cloth coated in wax) have stepped up as a viable alternative to plastic wrap. Bee’s Wrap, the brand that won our test for the best beeswax wrap, has found its way into the kitchens of much of the Epi staff, including my own. Once you start using these easily moldable squares to cover all manner of halved produce, leftover slices of pizza, or partially empty cans of cat food, that roll of plastic wrap in your drawer will start to feel downright vulgar.
Bee’s Wrap typically comes in an assortment of square sheets of varying sizes, but the company recently released an extra-large roll—14 by 52 inches, to be exact—which invites people to cut the wrap to their liking, much like conventional plastic wrap, except not at all.
The appeal of the Bee’s Wrap roll is not that it functions to replicate the experience of using a tear-off roll of tinfoil or plastic wrap. There is no perforated maw on the edge of the box to tear your wrap, nor is there a considerable length of wrap at your disposal. But that’s okay, because the whole point of using Bee’s Wrap is to cut down the volume of single-use waste that is, quite literally, at your disposal.
This sheet is large enough to cover several split watermelons and oversized casserole dishes. While I didn’t try to myself, I imagine that the Bee’s Wrap roll would be great for wrapping up a hearty sub sandwich. The ability to customize the size of your individual wraps so they can fit oddly shaped pieces of produce or cover nonstandard container sizes is a definite benefit.
If you wanted to keep the entire length intact, the wrap could also function in place of parchment paper for the purpose of dividing up layers of cookies or other baked goods in a travel container by folding the length left and right after each layer.
For the most part, I’ve found that the standard precut Bee’s Wrap squares cover most of my food-covering needs. However, I think the roll is a great option for those who are first-time beeswax-wrap users and want some sort of intermediary between their pre– and post–plastic wrap life. Don’t know how you want to use the wrap? Get the roll and wait to find out, and then cut accordingly. If you are trying to encourage, for example, a more obstinate member of your family to adopt less wasteful practices, the roll may be the most accommodating entry point to mitigate any sort of negative response targeted toward “holier-than-thou tree-hugger” types.
Of course, the cut-to-size roll will also work for experienced beeswax-wrap users who have found that the precut squares don’t cover certain storage containers, bowls, or oddly shaped leftovers well enough due to sizing issues. Reducing personal waste can feel like a daunting commitment that requires dramatic lifestyle changes—with Bee’s Wrap rolls, you don’t get all the convenience of the wasteful stuff, but the increased customization they offer combined with the lack of waste is certainly reason enough to make the simple swap if you can.
Originally Appeared on Epicurious