Beeswax and honey

These beautiful beeswax wraps cost less than $2 a piece, take 5 minutes to make and last up to a year. They can totally replace plastic cling wrap in your kitchen and are 100% biodegradable once you’re done with them. Simply gorgeous, versatile in lunchboxes and make a bespoke handmade gift!

 

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If you’re interested in creating a more sustainable world like I am, your home kitchen is a great place to start.

With over eight million tonnes of plastic going into the ocean each year, cutting back on plastic cling film can truly contribute towards a positive difference.

These beeswax wraps can completely replace cling wrap in your home. They are cheap, easy and fast to make, as well as utterly beautiful to use. Here’s how it’s done!

To Make A Beeswax Wrap, You’ll need:

 

  • *Beeswax (shaved – approximately 2 tsp per wrap but this will vary depending on size)
  • **Coconut Oil – approximately 1 tsp per wrap
  • 100% pure cotton fabric (I would also recommend finding cotton that contains organic dyes if you plan on disposing of used wraps into compost that will be used to grow food)
  • Paintbrush or an old pastry brush
  • Pinking shears/scissors – these are optional but prevent fraying and make the borders of each wrap look pretty. Rustic edges with normal scissors are fine if you prefer to skip this expense.

How To Make Your Beeswax Wraps:

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
  2. Cover a baking tray with alfoil or baking paper.
  3. Cut fabric to your desired shape (HOT TIP! Do this with the end in mind…What bowl/plate/food are you making it for? The size you need to cover a sandwich will be vastly different to the surface area required for a salad bowl.)
  4. Place your fabric flat on top of the baking tray.
  5. Sprinkle over 1 to 2 teaspoons of the grated beeswax, aiming for fairly even coverage.
  6. Sprinkle over 1 tsp of coconut oil.
  7. Place your tray in the oven for approximately 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on it as the wrap is ready to pull out when the wax and oil has completely melted and drenched the cloth.
  8. Use your brush to smooth the waxy oil mixture over any patches that are dry or look a little thin. You’ll need to work quickly (or simply reheat in oven to make runny again).
  9. Hang your wrap in the fresh air to dry for 10 minutes. Then you’re done!

*Beeswax can be a little difficult to source. Farmers markets, health food stores and local honey producers are good go-to’s. It can also be purchased on Amazon.

**Many recipes omit coconut oil and you are free to do so too. However, I personally prefer a softer wrap and find that they are more malleable with the coconut oil added.

How Do I Use My Beeswax Wrap?

 

The natural heat of your hands will soften the beeswax wraps to make them pliable around the surface you wish to cover. This same gentle body heat also brings out the wrap’s natural stickiness, making it easy to seal food against excess air and moisture.

After each single use, gently rinse your beeswax wrap with cold water and a little mild, natural detergent. (Hot water may melt the wraps a little or accelerate deterioration.) Pat or hang dry and store in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight in between uses.

Ideas For Using Your Beeswax Wraps:

 

  • Seal up avocado halves,
  • Cover sprouting bowls or legumes and grains that you are soaking overnight,
  • Use to cover and transport cheese and cracker platters,
  • Wrap up muffins, sandwiches and wraps,
  • Make ‘mini-wraps’ to seal bliss balls, cookies and homemade muesli bars in lunchboxes,
  • Make a ‘bread wrap’ in a shape suitable for storing homemade breads,
  • Make a ‘cake wrap’ to store homemade banana loaves and suchlike,
  • Use to seal up and store leftover hard cheeses in the fridge,
  • Press into ‘pockets’ to make mini bags for nuts and dried fruit in lunch boxes.
  • The wraps can also be used to cover jars for homemade cosmetic creams, shower scrubs, etc.

Extra tips:

 

  • Never apply beeswax wraps to damp, wet or higher food risk goods. For example, I never ever use my wraps on meat, fish, poultry or soft/wet dairy products.
  • If your wraps start to crack, you can ‘patch them up’ with a little extra beeswax and a run in the oven again. It’s a spot treatment!
  • The beeswax wraps are biodegradable, so dispose of accordingly. Remember that compostable food items don’t biodegrade in landfill – they are packed too tightly for aerobic bacteria to do their work. It’s best to bury these in a spot where bugs in natural soil and dirt can work their magic to break the wraps down.

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