Most of us aspire to living a sustainable life, to tread lightly on the planet and not suck up all the resources in our lifetimes. Leave a little more than we took for the next generation. But it isn’t easy, right?
It’s small steps that lead to lasting change, habits that become ingrained in daily tasks that make more sense than ‘good living’ purges that are hard to maintain in the business of just getting by.
At Stansie we’re big fans of beeswax wraps to keep our dips fresh. They're easy enough to create. You grate some beeswax, mix in a couple of drops of almond oil and place the flakes on top of squares of cotton. As you can see from the illustration accompanying this blog post, we’ve cut our cloth with pinking shears to prevent fraying edges.
You can melt the wax into the fabric either by placing into the oven on a low heat for a couple of minutes or slip it between sheets of greaseproof baking paper and iron. Once the wax is melted evenly across the fabric you wave it the air for a minute or so to dry and then, hey presto, you have a wrap!
The next time you have some left-over Stansie dip, or maybe a half-cut tomato, avocado – basically any item that you might be tempted to put a plastic wrap over, you use your beeswax wrap instead. You smooth it over the bowl or plate, or around the piece of fruit, and the heat from your hands warms up the waxy wrap to seal it closed.
But beware, you can’t put it on containers with meat because of cross-contamination. If you do, then it’s a one-time use only. This is because to preserve the beeswax wrap you need to wash it in cold soapy water – if you use hot water, it ruins the wrap.
Good luck making your wraps and keeping your Stansie dips fresh!