How to DIY Beeswax Food Wraps

How to make beeswax food packaging for a plastic-free kitchen

Danielle Daly

If you cook your own meal every day (maybe your kids’ too), you might feel like always adding plastic paper to your grocery list and throwing used plastic bags away. the bin. Disposable packaging is certainly convenient, but it’s not the most environmentally friendly option. Enter the beeswax wraps: Soft blankets fold around food and cover leftover bowls. Rinse off with cold water and mild soap (hot H2O would melt the wax!) And you can reuse them over and over again.

These buzzing (forgive the pun) storage solutions sell for around $ 18 for a three-pack on Amazon, but if you’re feeling smart, they’re super easy to DIY. Either way, you’ll easily recoup the cost by purchasing less sandwich bags and plastic wrap. If you use three plastic bags a day and a 150 box costs around $ 10, you’re already spending over $ 70 a year on something most people throw away after just one use.

FYI: Beeswax wraps are not airtight and won’t keep highly perishable items (like raw meat) fresh. Betty Gold, editor and product analyst at the Good Housekeeping Institute, recommends using them to cover foods you’ll eat in a few hours or the next, like a sandwich, bowl of pasta, or fruit. For more durable leftovers or smelly items like cheese, you’re probably better off sealing them in reusable glass or plastic containers. With that in mind, here’s how you can make your own beeswax wraps with just a few supplies and an oven.

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1. Cut the fabric.

Preheat the oven to 200 ° F or lowest setting. Cut the fabric into sizes that will fit your baking sheet. For a snack bag, use a 7 “by 14” piece of fabric. A 14 “by 14” square will cover most sandwiches. The serrated scissors will help keep your samples from fraying, but the scissors will do the job, too.

2. Place on a baking sheet.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the fabric on it. If your fabric is one-sided, place the patterned side face down. Use a new piece of parchment paper each time you do another wrapping.

3. Sprinkle the granules.

Evenly distribute a generous amount of beeswax lozenges all over the fabric. Also make sure you have pellets near the edges.

4. Melt and spread the beeswax.

Place the baking sheet in the oven for about 4 to 8 minutes. When the granules melt completely, take out the tray and use a brush to spread the wax evenly all over the fabric.

NOTE: The beeswax will stick to the brush, so use one you can throw away or keep to make future beeswax wraps.

5. Leave to dry.

Using tongs, remove the fabric from the baking sheet. It should feel cool to the touch after shaking it for a few seconds in the air. Hang the fabric to dry or place it on the back of a chair with the beeswax side facing up.

6. Personalize your wraps.

Once the beeswax has set and is not very sticky, you can add buttons or sew them by hand in small pockets.

Snack bags: Use a 7 “x 14” piece of fabric. When dry, fold the fabric in half with the untreated sides facing inward. Hand sew the two sides together, leaving the top open. Turn the bag inside out and add a button as a closure or sew Velcro on both sides.

Sandwich Wraps: Use a 14 “x 14” piece of fabric. On the patterned side, sew a button in two adjacent corners. To close, place the side with the buttons facing down. Fold the fabric in thirds around the sandwich. Turn over and fold the ends of the fabric so that the buttons are on top. Wrap string around them in a figure-eight pattern for a secure closure.

How to take care of your beeswax wraps

Hand wash your wraps in cool water with mild dish soap. Place them on a drying rack or clothesline to dry. Avoid any heat such as hot water, microwaves or ovens which will melt the beeswax, ruining your wraps.

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