There is a way to replace plastic wrap once and for all : Beeswax Food Wraps. And it’s super easy to make them yourself!
What are Beeswax Wraps?
First of all, it’s a perfect solution to get rid of plastic wraps. They are made from fabric and beeswax, plus other vegetable oils. You can shape them easily by using the warmth of your hands and use them to cover a utensil or wrap a snack. Once cold, they stay firm and protect our food. You can wash them with cold water and keep on using them again and again!
Why Beeswax Wraps?
Because… plastic wraps? Ew. They are single use and pollute the environment.
Think about how much waste is created when we buy a single plastic wrap package?
Also, the fact that toxic plastic touches our food…have you thought about it?
In any case, I’m certain about one thing : Beeswax wraps will suit you much better than plastic wraps.
Maybe it’s time that you tried them out?
What you can cover with a beeswax wrap :
- A portion that we didn’t finish and maybe want to eat later.
- Half of a fruit or vegetable. We ate half and we want to put the rest in the fridge.
- A glass jar with nuts
- A glass bowl with some lovely homemade sauce that we want to store away
- The sandwich we packed to take with us to work
- A piece of fruit and a cereal bar
- Whatever else we can think of
To make your own beeswax wraps you will need :
- Cotton fabrics in various designs and colors
- Beeswax in drops. In the market, there is natural color and white available. If you choose the natural one, remember that the result will be a little more yellow.
- Coconut oil
- Jojoba oil
- A pair of scissors for fabric
- Parchment paper
- An iron
- Organic or green soap
- Using the special scissors for fabric, cut the fabrics you chose in different sizes.
I made the following sizes : 30×30, 20×20, 15×40.
- Wash the pieces of fabric with organic or green soap. Wash the fabrics thoroughly because they will touch your food.
- Allow the fabrics to dry.
- Iron them all well.
- Cut two pieces of parchment paper, larger than the fabrics you will turn into beeswax wraps
- Spread a piece of parchment paper and place the fabric on top
- Be careful that the fabric doesn’t have any dust, cat hair (I don’t know how this one came to me…) or fluff.
- Pour drops of wax, jojoba oil and coconut oil on the fabric.
- Cover the fabric with the second piece of parchment paper
- Iron until all the wax drops melt Handle the iron so that the wet mixture of wax and oils is spread evenly throughout the fabric.
- After all the wax has melted well, remove the parchment paper and lift the beeswax cloth from its corners with quick movements.
- Shake it in the air so that it dries quickly. * If you don’t remove the first layer of parchment paper or fabric fast enough, repeat with the iron. Caution! When ironing, always have the fabric between the two pieces of parchment paper.
- Yay! Your beeswax wrap is ready! Follow this exact process for the other pieces of fabric.
- When you’re done, don’t throw away the pieces of parchment paper. You may need them in future constructions!
How to maintain beeswax cloths?
This wraps can be used for up to 4-6 months (depending on the use) without needing to renew the wax. They can be washed normally, but ONLY with cold water. If after 4-5 months you notice that they are no longer so stable, you can renew their wax by repeating the process above.
So, what do you think? Will you try it? What fabrics will you choose for your own beeswax wraps?
See you soon,