Hey friends! And strangers! And how has the first week of May treated you? Wonderfully I hope! I committed myself to having a mellow week and so far so good. Last weekend I got a little out of control making all things dandelion. Things such as dandelion honey butter, dandelion shortbread, dandelion and cranberry sourdough, dandelion pesto! Along with helping a friend start her own batch of dandelion wine. And let’s not forget the rhubarb soda, a huge shepherds pie and sourdough pizza dough! It was fun and interesting! But it was a lot of time in the kitchen. A lot of time with my hands in soapy water. So to give my hands a break I have kept the culinary experiments to a minimum, letting my fella take over some.
I’ve never done a “product review” here on breezy did what now but I recognize how helpful they can be. There are not many things I have purchased online that I haven’t at least done a quick Google search to see what the internet has to say. So today I’m going to tell you about my new Bee’s Wraps. I stumbled upon these one morning, munching on my toast, sipping on my coffee, scrolling through my facebook feed, instead of actually talking to the human sitting beside me who was munching on his toast, sipping on his coffee and scrolling through his facebook feed. (Sometimes I hate what smart phones have done to us…) So I watched the little video and felt compelled to own these.
I started to think about how much plastic wrap I actually use. I cover my bread bowls while the dough’s rising at least a couple times a week. I wrap my homemade oat bars to take for my late night snack at work. And as much as I try to get my fella to use those little plastic, vegetable shaped, food storage containers, I still find the occasional pepper wrapped in cling wrap in the crisper. Then there’s storing the bowl of salsa or guacamole, the hunk of cheese, the half an avocado… Ok. I am no stranger to the plastic wrap battle. I headed to the Bee’s Wrap website.
Now I know myself. If I’m going to avoid shipping costs or get some sort of discount for buying more then one I will most likely choose that option. So the first thing to pop on the screen was their “new variety pack”. Two small, Two medium, Two large and one bread wrap. I’ll tell you a secret. I was sold at bread wrap. But I still did some homework. How much was the variety pack? How much was one? What was our current Canadian dollar to our neighbors to the south? I snapped Curt out of his smart phone trance and told him I wanted them. “Well what are the reviews?” he asked, as he always does. Damn it! I was committed to this random morning impulse buy (which is how I own more things then you would think) and now had to spend some time figuring out if these were any good.
I checked out Amazon, more for price info then reviews, and also read a few blogs. The only real down side I could find was a complaint about the smell of the wraps transferring onto the food it was around. This woman also clarified that she had an overly sensitive sniffer and that it may not be a bother to others. There were comparisons to other brands as well but seeing that Bee’s Wrap didn’t seem to have any major negative reviews to it I didn’t see the need for further research on other brands.
I went back to the Bee’s Wrap website and signed up to their e-mail list to gain the 15% off. After some humming and hawing I decided that I would regret only ordering one and be stung later when I ordered more. I went with the variety pack. The shipping to my house was only $10 US. Hardly worth ordering to the warehouse in the states for pick up. The grand total for my order was $47.50. That translated to just over $60 in Canadian funds. I would have to buy a lot of cling wrap to make this a financially wise decision. But the benefit to the environment and not having my food touching plastic was enough for me to give it a go.
The shipping seemed to take longer then I expected but that could have something to do with customs at the border. Anyways I was getting close to firing off an email when it arrived in the mail. I have been using the wraps for a few weeks now which I know isn’t that long but I have already had a situation in which I have used them all and needed to fall back on a ziploc. I have used them for all the scenarios I have listed above and then some. And all with great success.
The wraps most definitely have a smell. But it’s a nice, honey like smell that I have not found to transfer onto the food. They fold up and contour around things using the warmth of your hands. I did notice they leave a slightly waxy residue on my metal bowls but it easily washes off. Washing them is easy using lukewarm water, soap and your hand. Oh! Did I forget to mention that you can wash and re-use them? Well I’m sure you assumed that. I mean who in their right mind would spend $60+ on a product for one time use? With that said, I was a little disappointed to find a note in my package that recommends replacing them after a year. I highly doubt I spend $60 a year on plastic wrap but I’m going to treat them really, really nicely and see if I can stretch that time line out.
Back to washing them. After a wash and rinse they need to be hung to dry. My first time washing one I stood there, holding the dripping wrap over the sink, looking around foolishly, wondering what I was going to do with it. I decided to tie some string around the cupboard frames above my sink and clipped a few clothespins to it. It’s convenient and functional and the wraps don’t take that long to dry before they can be folded up and put away. Or, in my case, pulled down to be used on something else!
All in all I haven’t had a moment where I felt regretful for buying these. They have performed all the functions I have tried with them and I would definitely recommend them to anyone interested in ditching plastic wrap. I have had a couple people mention that they can be made at home which is something I may look into, me being me and all. But for now I’ll put that project idea on the back burner and make use of the Bee’s Wraps I already have.
So the answer to the question, to Bee’s Wrap or not to Bee’s Wrap? Definitely to Bee’s Wrap.