Beeswax Fabric Food Wraps
These Beeswax Fabric Food Wraps are a great alternative to plastic food wrap. Not only do they reduce plastic waste due to their reusable nature, they prevent your food from coming into contact with harmful chemicals that can leach from plastic wrap. Side note, these wraps are mainly useful for room or cold temperatures. Don’t go putting these in the microwave as the beeswax may melt. Some possible uses include; wrapping sandwiches in school lunches, wrapping a loaf of bread to stop it from drying out, covering a bowl or plate of leftovers. I have already used mine for wrapping uncooked pastry to put in the fridge – one of the few things that I would normally use cling wrap for.
While these wraps are not a new idea, I think it is important to share the know how to make reducing plastic easy. The ingredients list should be enough to make 5 wraps in various sizes. I made 2 – 35cm x 35cm, 2 – 30cm x 30cm, 1 – 20cm x 20cm. This is a great way to use up some of your excess fabric stash too.
100g Beeswax (if you are vegan, you could experiment with other wax such as soy)
25g Pine Resin, I got mine from here
2 tbs Olive Oil
100% light-medium weight cotton fabric
Place all ingredients into medium glass jar, place jar into a small saucepan filled 1/3 with water, this creates a double boiler effect. Place on stove at medium to high heat, stirring occasional until everything is combined and melted approximately 10-20mins.
Cut fabric to size using pinking shears, if you don’t have pinking shears, cut to size and trim off any loose threads at the end, the wax will prevent further fraying.
Place your cut fabric onto a large baking tray lined with baking paper.
Use a paint or pastry brush to lightly brush your fabric all over with the beeswax solution. (the paintbrush will dry solid, so select one that you can keep aside for this purpose).
Place into a preheated oven at medium heat, leave for a couple of minutes until the beeswax is melted all over the fabric and is liquid. This helps the beeswax solution penetrate the fabric and any excess will remain in the tray.
Remove from oven and immediately remove from oven tray with tongs or fingers at the corners – be careful it is hot, swish around a little and peg to the clothes line until set.
Your Beeswax Fabric Food Wraps are now ready to use.
Wash with warm soapy water to between uses.
Place in the oven for a couple of minutes to re-spread the wax.