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 our 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 with the first being that learning how to make wax wraps is easy! Wax wraps can be used for wrapping your lunch, your husband’s lunch or for your children’s school lunch. Wax wraps 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 through the warmth of your hands that the two parts of the wax wraps adhere (if you were wrapping a sandwich for example) or would 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:-
- Wax wraps if looked after can last for a year or more.
- You can make wax wraps in any different size that you would like.
- They look great taking us back to yesteryear, particularly if you are having a picnic.
- Wax wraps are eco-friendly.
Why Beeswax for Your Wax Wraps?
Beeswax is the best wax to use as it does not impart a flavour onto the food that it is wrapped around.
Beeswax is also 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.
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 of around 20cm by 20cm. Depending upon the size of your oven you could probably make about four wax wraps at a time.
Turn your oven on to heat to 110 degrees Celsius or 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
Next, line your baking trays with baking sheet 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 rosin
over each of the 20cm fabric squares. The pine rosin is the ingredient that gives the cotton fabric the capacity to cling and wrap tight.
Next 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 using the back of a spoon 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 the cotton bag that you used to store your plastic bags in!
After use, you should clean your wax wrap using a cloth or sponge dampened with warm water to wipe clean your wraps.
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.