Beeswax Food Wrap – Make Your Own
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With so many chemicals leaching into our foods from plastic food wraps and bags, it is a really good idea to have an alternative to remove the plastic. These cotton/beeswax wraps are super simple to make and an ideal way to wrap food.
Virtually anything in a plastic bag can be exchanged for these. I use a big one for salad mixes (no more slimy greens). For cheeses you can cut off smaller pieces for family use, and keep the rest of the block wrapped. I would not however recommend using these for meat products, as they cannot be hot washed.
material – ideally cotton (prewashed)
- Cut the cloth into different sizes – you are only limited by the size of your oven tray
- Grate the beeswax
- Warm the oven to 60 degrees C
- Cover the baking tray with aluminium foil
- Place the first cotton cloth onto the baking tray and cover with the beeswax. This will take a little experimentation. You want enough beeswax so that the cloth is uniformly covered and becomes quite stiff when it sets. If you don’t use enough the first time, you can always add more and heat again. Too much and you will end up with little pools on the tinfoil
- Place the baking tray into the middle of the oven.
- Heat for approximately 5 – 10 minutes. You can remove as soon as the beeswax has fully melted.
- Take the cloth off the tinfoil immediately and dry on your chopping board or hang on the line.
Note: you may wish to close your windows prior to heating. After I had made one cloth my kitchen was home to a couple of dozen honey bees who had come in to check out the divine smell of beeswax!
Wash in cold water or sponge down with a warm soapy cloth between uses.