Remember that mindshift I talked about in ‘Be a Cochrane ECO Warrior in 8 Easy Steps’?
Well, the time is now Cochrane!
Recently, there has been much discussion over moving to a two-week garbage rotation in May of 2019 and the rants have been flying! It would seem as if town council had suggested we all dye our hair green and sing ‘kumbayah’ the way some were carrying on about it! But the reality is, we DO need to lessen our black and blue bin contents and find solutions to replace the good ol’ standbys we have all become accustomed to, like plastic baggies, straws, plastic wrap, wax paper and aluminum foil.
My new find: ABEEGO
My family and I were visiting a honey bee farm in the summer near Invermere, British Columbia, when I ran into these reusable beeswax wraps. While I have been trying to use reusable plastic/glass containers or glass jars, once in awhile I’d really like to wrap something… like leftover salad. Why dirty up a whole container, when the salad is already in a container, if all I need to do is wrap it till the next day?
Abeego wraps are made with a hemp and cotton fabric, covered in a combination of beeswax, tree resin and jojoba oil. They are malleable at room temperature and can adhere to virtually any solid food or container, so there is no need to wet it before use.
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
STEP 1: WRAP – Since the wrap is self adhesive, just use the pressure and warmth from your hands to shape and mold the Abeego wrap over/around your food or dish.
STEP 2: WASH – The Abeego wrap prefers to be hand washed in cold water with a biodegradable dish soap (if your dish soap has alcohol listed as one of the first 5 ingredients, the dish soap will be too strong for the Abeego). Hang to dry or towel dry for immediate use. If the Abeego is unsoiled (ie; has been covering said bowl of salad) simply reuse or store it in a clean, dry place for next use.
STEP 3: REUSE – Wrap, wash and repeat for a year or longer!
TIPS ON HOW TO USE YOUR ABEEGO WRAP
Half cut. While Abeego is fine to wrap most cut vegetables and fruits, pineapple has been known to eat Abeego. If you will be using Abeego with pineapple, it is best stored in a dish topped with an Abeego wrap.
Rise Your Dough, Yo! The Abeego material is insulating and breathable, so it makes the perfect cover for rising bread dough. It is also suitable for covering fermenting foods such as yogurt, kefir and buttermilk.
Saucy? No problem. The Abeego coating is fluid resistant, so moisture will not leak through the actual fabric. You may end up with a bit of character to your Abeego wrap afterwards, but this will not affect the capabilities of the Abeego wrap.
A bit about meat. Abeego suggests avoiding direct contact with raw meat. While cold cuts and cooked meat on your sandwiches are friends of Abeego, to store place leftover meat and raw meat in a dish, cover and store in the refrigerator.
Frozen food. The Abeego wrap is happy to help out in the freezer short term, but not longer than one month.
Where to store? We like to keep our Abeego wraps folded up in the drawer with all our other food packaging.
Bonus! Abeego wraps make a great jar opener! Just form the Abeego wrap around the lid and twist!
VERDICT: We’ve been using our Abeego wraps since mid-August 2018 and they are still in great shape, hold well and have been a great product since purchasing. We highly recommend Abeego!
***This is not a sponsored post. We just like Abeego!