March 13, 2016

Make your own Beeswax Food Wraps

Many people now realise it is everyones responsibility to help save the environment and be sustainable. These beeswax food wraps help limit the amount of plastic needed in the kitchen. You can use them to cover most food items. Beeswax naturally carries an antibacterial agent therefore cleaning the wraps only requires warm soapy water. The wraps mould to the heat of your hand so that you can wrap different shapes in them. They can be used to send lunches to school and store food items in the fridge. Below are two methods to make the wraps. The wraps can be cut into squares, rectangles or circles (for bowls). Today is the first day I have made these and have had instant success.

How to make using option 1

You will need
Beeswax (can be purchased form a honey supplier). I bought $7 worth and have used a quarter on 10 wraps.
Material (100% cotton fats work great)
Baking Tray
Foil
Grater
Pinking Shears (so the fabric does not fray)
An oven

Instructions
1. Wash the fabric you are going to use in hot water. Allow to dry completely.
2. Turn oven on to 180 degrees celsius.
3. Using pinking shears cut out your fabric into a usable size.
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4. Cover a baking tray in foil
1 043 5. Place cut out fabric onto foil on tray. It does not matter which way is up as the wax goes straight through.1 046 6. Grate beeswax over tray.

Grating beeswax

Grating beeswax

1 048 7. Place tray and fabric in the oven for approximately 1 minute or until the wax is melted.
8. Pull tray out of oven and spread wax evenly around fabric so that you have an even coating. It may be necessary to put more wax on and place back in the oven.

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Finished Food Wrap Straight out of the oven

9. Either hang fabric on a clothesline or if it’s a hot day place in fridge.
10. Within minutes your food wraps are ready to use.
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Mould Wrap Around Food with Warmth of your Hand

Mould Wrap Around Food with Warmth of your Hand

Round Food Wrap on a Bowl

Round Food Wrap on a Bowl

How to make using Option 2.
1. Wash the fabric you are going to use in hot water. Allow to dry completely.
2. Turn oven on to 180 degrees celsius.
3. Using pinking shears cut out your fabric into a useable size.
4. Cut a portion of beeswax and place on baking tray.

Cutting Beeswax

Cutting Beeswax

5. Put in the oven until beeswax is melted. It will only take a few minutes.

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Melting Beeswax

6. Pull tray out of oven and quickly place fabric in tray and coat with the beeswax.

Fabric Straight out of the Oven

Fabric Straight out of the Oven

7. You may need to use a kitchen implement to smooth the fabric so that the beeswax covers everywhere.
8. Either hang the fabric on a clothesline or if a it’s hot day place in fridge
9. Within minutes your food wraps are ready to use.

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Happy Food Wrapping!

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