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Bowl covers are an essential part of eco-friendly kitchens. Not only do they keep your food fresh, but they can also be reused and reduce your household waste.
At BeEco, you can find an array of eco-bowl covers suitable for all occasions Our eco-shop brings you a beautiful range of food covers made to last. Check out Ever Eco's best silicone food covers and other Australian eco-brands like Honeybee Wraps. There are a number of reusables you can use in place of glad wrap or foil such as large silicone food covers, reusable beeswax wraps, cotton covers and more.
What are alternatives to aluminium foil for wrapping food?
Aluminium is a metal that has been used for decades as the go-to material to wrap up food. Foil is popular to keep food warm, but is not the best option when you want to store food for extended periods.
Disposable: Foil can be washed and reused if you take extra care but is mostly treated as single use. When discarded, foil ends up in landfill contributing to our massive waste management problem. It is not biodegradable and is difficult to recycle as you usually only use a small amount which is then covered in food waste.
- Doesn't protect food: Foil made from aluminium does not provide complete protection against food contamination. Food can easily get contaminated because it is not airtight.
Many sustainable swaps are better for humans and the planet alike. Here are some of our favourites-
- Glassware: Glassware is a great alternative to your traditional aluminium roll. It is non-toxic, eco-friendly and can be recycled easily. You can use glass jars or containers to store food items like leftovers, fruits, and vegetables. Moreover, many glass containers are safe to be used in microwaves and dishwashers.
- Silicone Stretch Lids: Silicone bowl covers are a great way to keep your food airtight and fresh. These covers fit most containers and can be reused multiple times. They are non-toxic, durable, and easy to clean.
- Fabric Bowl Covers: Bowl covers made from linen or organic cotton which have an elastic base to seal around your crockery. They adjust to fit most bowl sizes. They are also breathable, which prevents moisture build-up.
- Beeswax Food Wraps: Beeswax Food Covers have recently become very popular. They are made of beeswax and tree resin. These wraps are a natural alternative to aluminium wrappers and plastic wrap. They can be used multiple times and need to be hand washed and allowed to dry fully between uses.
What should I cover bread dough with while it's rising?
The best way to prevent your dough from forming a crust as it rises is by using a food cover made from fabric. A damp kitchen towel will help trap the moisture inside the bowl and prevents the dough from drying out as it rises. This means there are no crusty bits when you bake it!
- Cotton bowl covers are made from organic fibre, which is biodegradable and sustainable.
- It can be washed and reused multiple times, making it more environmentally friendly than aluminium foil.
- It is washable and reusable, saving you money on kitchen foil.
Can we keep a cloth bowl cover in the microwave?
Many eco-friendly food covers like silicone container covers are safe to be used in the microwave. The same is not true for other types, such as organic cotton food wrap. The elastic of such covers can snap when exposed to the microwave's heat. Moreover, if your fabric food saver is made from a mix of synthetic materials, it might be inflammable. Such covers are not suitable to be used inside a microwave.
What are beeswax wraps?
Beeswax food covers provide a natural and sustainable way to cover food. The beeswax covers for bowls are made from a blend of cotton, resin, and beeswax.
The wax hardens and forms a seal around your food when it cools. The warmth from your hands can be used to soften the wrap and make it more malleable so that you can use it multiple times.
How To Look After Your Beeswax Wraps?
How do you clean reusable food wraps? Taking care of reusable food wraps like beeswax paper is easy. All you need to do is hand wash them with cold water and mild natural dish soap. Allow your wax wrap to air dry completely and store it in a cool, dark place when not in use.
What is a substitute for beeswax?
Beeswax is not everyone's cup of tea as it is not a vegan product. Here are some of the substitutes for the same-
- Silicone bowl wraps: Silicone lids come in various sizes, so they're great for all sorts of containers. They fit snugly, so you don't have to worry about them coming loose and spilling your food all over the place. And unlike plastic wrap, they don't leach chemicals into your food.
- Cotton bowl covers: These fabric wraps not only help you keep your food fresh, but they're also easy to use and clean. The organic cotton allows for easy breathing and retains the freshness in your food. Cotton food savers are ideal to be used for covering doughs, loaves of bread and so on.