how to make wax wraps

How to Make Wax Wraps

If you want to learn how to make wax wraps (which are reusable) rather than using cling wrap or plastic bags, you are amongst many others who are concerned about our environment and are trying to do their bit to protect against plastic pollution.

FYI, it takes plastic wrap or cling wrap 25 years to break down and a plastic bag about ten years.

There are many reasons why wax wraps are a better choice than plastic, the first being that learning how to make wax wraps is easy! Wax wraps can be used for wrapping your lunch, your partner’s lunch, or your children’s school lunch. They can be used on a picnic, or for wrapping just about any food product for storage, either in or out of the fridge. Wax wraps need to overlap the item that you are wrapping and it is the warmth of your hands that allows the two parts of the wax wraps to adhere (if you were wrapping a sandwich for example) or to adhere to the side of a bowl. It is a good idea to pinch the corners of your wraps to help seal them.

Reasons Why Wax Wraps Are Great

Just some of the reasons why wax wraps are great include:

  1. Wax wraps, if looked after, can last for a year or more.
  2. You can make wax wraps in any size to suit your needs.
  3. They look great, taking us back to yesteryear – particularly if you are having a picnic.
  4. Wax wraps are eco-friendly.

Why Beeswax for Your Wax Wraps?

Beeswax is the best wax to use as it does not impart any flavours onto the food that it is wrapped around. It is a natural substance that has antibacterial and antifungal properties, providing protection against contamination. Beeswax is both waterproof and breathable so you can protect your food, and it won’t ‘sweat’. Beeswax keeps your food fresher for longer.

How to Make Wax Wraps at Home

If you search the net you will find many different suggestions on how to make wax wraps. My personal way to make wax wraps is to use the oven and grated wax, simply because it is safe (using a low oven temperature) and it is also easy.

You will need:

  • thin cotton fabric, design of your choosing
  • baking paper and baking trays
  • block of pure beeswax
  • powdered pine resin
  • jojoba oil

The first step in making your wax wrap at home is to cut your thin cotton fabric into the size that you think you will need. Remember when you use your wax wrap you will be overlapping the fabric, so you will need to cut your cotton fabric larger than you initially thought. A good size would be a square with dimensions around 20cm by 20cm. Depending upon the size of your oven you could probably make about four wax wraps at a time.

Preheat your oven to 110 degrees Celsius or 225 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line your baking trays with baking paper and place your fabric squares on top. Grate the wax using a cheese grater held above the cotton squares, ensuring that you spread the grated wax evenly. Now drizzle 2tsp of powdered pine resin over each of the 20cm fabric squares. The pine resin is the ingredient that gives the cotton fabric the capacity to cling and wrap tight. Finally, drizzle ½tsp of jojoba oil over the fabric.

Place the baking trays into your oven and leave for five minutes. Once five minutes is up the ingredients will have started to melt and mix. Pull the baking trays partly out of the oven and use the back of a spoon to spread the mix evenly across the cotton square. Place back in the oven for another two minutes, then remove them and leave them to cool.

You now not only know how to make wax wraps but have made them yourself!

Looking after your Home Made Wax Wraps

To look after your beautiful homemade wax wraps you should store them in a dry enclosed place, such as in your tea towel drawer in the kitchen or in a cotton bag.

After use, clean your wax wrap using a cloth or sponge dampened with warm water to wipe them. As beekeepers, we couldn’t finish this blog on how to make wax wraps without suggesting that you use natural beeswax for your new eco-friendly, reusable wax wraps.

Natural Beeswax!

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