REUSABLE, BEESWAX FOOD WRAPS

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In an attempt to live more sustainably, I decided to ditch single-use food storage. This meant finishing up my Aluminum Foil and Ziploc bags without rebuying. Now, technically Aluminum Foil is more sustainable than Saran/Plastic wrap but I was committed to the change so I chose to eliminate these as a whole.

The transition wasn’t as smooth as I wanted it to be though. Since I chose to not restock our Aluminum Foil or Ziplocs (but also didn’t have an alternative on-hand) I had to get creative! Eventually, I got around to making my Beeswax Food Wraps and now I don’t plan on turning back!

This DIY Project takes less than 15 minutes to complete and is so worth it! These reusable food wraps will last you for quite some time! Be sure to read the end for more information on food wrap uses, handling and care, Beeswax facts etc.

Materials 

  • Parchment Paper
  • Cotton or Linen Fabric
    • Cut these to fit whatever shape/size you’d like and need in your kitchen.
  • Organic Beeswax
    • This link will lead you to the Pellet form but you can also use a Beeswax Block
  • Baking Sheet/Tray
  • Grater
    • You’ll only need this if you choose to go with a Beeswax block, instead of the pellets
  • Brush

Process

  • Preheat oven to 185°F
  • If you haven’t already done so, cut your fabric to shape/size desired
  • Place Parchment Paper on your baking tray
  • Lay the cut fabric on top of your Parchment paper
  • Sprinkle your Beeswax pellets (or shredded beeswax) over your fabric
    • You’ll want to cover everything, including the edges
  • Place your baking tray in the oven
  • Set your timer and bake for 5 minutes
  • Remove your baking tray from the oven. If there are any pieces of wax that have not fully melted, you can use your brush to help spread those out evenly throughout the fabric. If you don’t feel like doing this, then just leave the tray in the oven until everything is melted down. Don’t go past 10 minutes!
    • The fabric should look like it’s soaking wet
  • Carefully lift up the fabric, using the edges
  • Sway your fabric back and forth over your baking sheet (for drippage, if any) for about 30 seconds
    • This will help it aerate, dry and harden
  • Set your food wrap aside for about 15 minutes before starting to use espanolfarm.com.

Beeswax

Beeswax has a melting point of about 145°F. I increase the temperature just a tad bit to speed up the melting process. If you would like to speed it up that much more, I  suggest staying within 200°F. Anything above this will burn your wax.

Wondering how Beeswax is made? Wonder no more, my friend! Beeswax is made by melting honeycombs down! The exoskeleton of the Bee produces the waxy residue that helps create and shape the honeycomb. Pretty cool, huh? Beeswax is actually safe if ingested but will not provide you with any significant nutrients.

Handling + Care

These wraps will last you several months (based on the frequency of use) so it’s important to care for them to prolong their life! After each use, be sure to gently wash with soap and cold water. Because it has a waxy surface, you can also just wipe them clean.

Use the warmth of your hands to soften the wax and shape the food wrap around whatever it is you’re trying to cover.

If down the line you notice that you have wax missing in some areas, you can simply re-bake the cloth and add more Beeswax where needed. Essentially, these Food Wraps will last you for years if you continue to re-wax. Beeswax never expires!

Food Wrap Uses

Your food is safe coming in direct contact with the Beeswax. Think of a Food Wrap as Saran Wrap. You can wrap just about anything with it.  Have some leftover Brie cheese but no packaging to protect it? Put your chezz directly on your food wrap, use your hands to shape it and voila! You can use Food Wraps to cover dishes as well.

Other Fun Facts

Parchment Paper can be recycled and/or composted! If you’re using Wax Paper though (often mistaken for Parchment Paper), you can’t compost it.

Ancient Egyptians used Beeswax to preserve some of their writings. They also used wax in their mummification process.

 

Have questions about this process or the materials used? Feel free to leave a comment here, email me or head over to my Instagram to chat there 🙂

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