I don’t know about all of you, but I use cling wrap A LOT! It’s one of those things I reach for without even thinking whenever there’s any food that needs preservation. Because I’m now looking for more eco-friendly and sustainable practices, I knew I needed to find something different.
Then I discovered beeswax wraps…
At first, I looked online and found these. I was just about to order them buuut after looking at the ingredients they used it seemed simple enough to try my hand at making them myself.
The wraps I looked at used beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin. I considered using all these ingredients, but the thought of adding tree resin made me think that it would create a “piney” smell which isn’t something I’d really want covering my food (just something I personally don’t like). As for the jojoba oil – I didn’t have any on me, so I thought I’d just experiment making my wraps without it.
With using the beeswax purely:
I found that it worked out really well, and now I use my wraps as much as I can instead of cling wrap.
The main problem that I’ve found is that the amount of uses you can get from it is far more limited in comparison to cling wrap, but the fact that I can reduce my plastic use by about 65% is a huge advantage that outweighs that negative aspect … not to mention, it looks so darned cute!
How to Make Your Own Beeswax Wraps:
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1. Start by pre-heating your oven to 175°F. Cut your fabric to the size of your baking pan. I used a regular rectangular one, but you could also try a round baking pan (this is especially good if you need the wraps to cover bowls). Place the fabric in the pan.
2. Grate your beeswax and evenly cover your fabric. I grated 4oz of wax for the size I made, but you can adjust it accordingly. Just make sure that the wax covers the fabric.
3. Pop the pan in the oven for 6-7min. The idea is that the wax must fully melt into the fabric.
4. Take out of the oven and before it starts to cool, quickly use your cardboard scrap and scrape the fabric getting rid of any air bubbles that formed. By doing this you can get a more even, supple texture and it also helps ensure that the wax is evenly distributed on the fabric.
5. Let it cool, then peel it from the pan. I like to neatly fold or roll the wraps for storage at this stage. If you’re rolling them, you can use some twine or string to tie it together. Get creative! This is the opportunity to have fun and use the pretty fabric as kitchen decor 😉
- To reuse the wraps, wash them after use with soap and cold water (yes, cold. The beeswax has a low melting point!) then let them dry fully.
- I would not use this for any meat products because you can’t properly sterilize it and you’d risk cross-contamination by reusing it.
- Over time from use, the wax on the wraps will chip off or wear thin. To make it brand new again, place the wrap in your baking pan and grate a bit of wax concentrating on the parts that need it. Then bake and follow the steps as if you were making a new batch – so easy!
- To use it properly on bowls, lay the wrap over the bowl and using the heat of your hands, mould it to the rim.
- To use with sandwiches or food off-cuts, simply fold it over the food and secure with twine OR if you want to get fancy, stitch a little package together and you can use twine/string to wrap around a button for closure – have fun with it!
- I would suggest only using 100% cotton fabric as it’ll absorb the wax fully and I find that the thickness works perfectly!
Comment below and let me know how you like using this sustainable beeswax wrap and if you have any tips and tricks for using it.