Last year we posted about re-suable sandwich and snack bags. These little beauties are still used daily in our house and I no longer need expensive single-use sandwich bags. However I was still using cling film for odd bits of food, in the fridge especially. Then a friend posted on social media her home-made beeswax wraps.
I had always associated them with sandwiches and since I had my bags, I didn’t really see that I needed them… until I saw the inside of her fridge adorned with them! I realised there was still a fair bit of cling film in mine, and liking a crafty project, I ordered some beeswax to make some beeswax wraps of my own!
In case you were wondering, beeswax wraps are a food-safe alternative to clingfilm. You can buy them, or quite easily and inexpensively make your own. You can make them in any shape, size and colour that you like. You may have fabric lying around which is too small for any other use, or your could pop to a fabric shop and get a couple of fat quarters. Beeswax is readily available from a number of online retailers. It really does only take a few minutes.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Beeswax (cosmetic grade)
- Baking tray and paper
- Paint brush
HOW TO MAKE BEESWAX WRAPS
- Cut fabric to the desired size.
- Lay on the baking tray and paper.
- Sprinkle with beeswax (grated or pellets).
- Place in the oven on the lowest possible heat.
- As soon as the beeswax starts to melt and looks translucent, take it out.
- Spread across the fabric with the paintbrush, work quickly as the wax dries quickly.
- Remove and leave to dry completely before use (which is about a minute!)
- Voila! Home made beeswax wraps! Use to wrap and cover your food!
WHAT I LEARNT
- This really is a simple thing to do! It took me a few goes to get the distribution just right but by the fourth wrap I had cracked it.
- I found that a lighter coloured fabric was easier purely because I could see where the wax was a little more easily.
- I used 50g of beeswax, and this covered about 50 square cm of fabric.
- Once they are finished you’ll be able to see how the wraps repel water.
I am looking forward to putting these to use and getting one step closer to being totally cling film free!
If you did want to buy them instead of making them you can buy them online very easily. We have just acquired some of these nth Turtle Cling Cloths which seem very nice!