Abeego Beeswax Food Wrap Review
Abeego is a brand of beeswax food wrap. These wraps are gaining popularity as a sustainable alternative to disposable food storage. Instead of using and tossing plastic wrap, aluminum foil, wax paper, and/or plastic baggies, you reuse beeswax food wraps for up to a year. Each Abeego wrap is a biodegradable cotton and hemp square cloth infused with beeswax, tree resin, and jojoba oil.
The beeswax and resin help the cloth create a seal via the warmth from your hands. As someone who often has cold hands, I had low expectations when I started testing Abeego and its main competitor Bee's Wrap. Wrapping things up using the heat from my hands turned out to be easier than I expected and it made me feel more connected to my food. As cheesy as it sounds, each little package felt more precious with each passing second in my frosty hands.
Even after washing Abeego (in cold water with mild soap), getting it to stick to itself or other surfaces took 10 seconds or less and it stayed together inside the fridge. I found that I needed to use my hands for longer (roughly 15–25 seconds) with Bee's Wrap cloths in order for them to adhere to themselves, a bowl, or a can. Additionally, the cool air in the fridge would slightly undo the seal with anything I put inside the Bee's Wrap cloths.
We recommend Abeego's food wraps for their stickiness, general lack of smell transfer (not sure if you've heard, but onions are strong), and overall ease of use. We do wish the Abeego wraps came in different colors since it can get pretty confusing to stare into a fridge full of vague, opaque shapes. In that respect, Bee's Wrap deserves some credit for creating wraps with different patterns and colors.
Beeswax wraps are better at replacing aluminum foil than plastic wrap since they're not transparent or clingy. They can also function like stickier wax paper with items like cheese (some cheeses will still need additional protection to avoid hardening).
We found that both beeswax wraps worked best when folded into little bags (so they could stick to themselves) rather than completely conforming them to the item's shape. Though Abeego was much better at sticking to surfaces, it really shines when it sticks to itself. I particularly liked these bags for leafy greens since they seemed to help them stay crisp which made me feel better about buying unpackaged greens and using less plastic bags.
It's important to note that you won't be able to use Abeego for everything. Since the beeswax wraps are breathable, they won't form an airtight seal, so look elsewhere for anything that needs an airtight seal. It's also not recommended for use with meat due to potential contamination.
Abeego comes in a variety 3-pack (small, medium, large), small 6-pack, medium 3-pack, large 2-pack, and one giant wrap that can hold items like long bread loaves and heads of lettuce. All packs are $18, except for the giant wrap which is $15, but we suggest starting with the variety pack.