DIY Beeswax Foodwraps How to make your very own reusable foodwraps
Ever thought about making your own beeswax foodwraps at home? Or maybe you’ve tried, but after endless Google searches and YouTube clips the recipe still wasn’t quite right. You’ve probably been asking yourself what oil is best, jojoba or coconut? Or do I need to use pine resin and where do you even buy resin? And what fabric do I use? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Many years ago we used to ask ourselves the very same questions. This was way back when beeswax foodwraps weren’t really a big thing, and neither were the endless lists of online recipes and tutorials. We searched high and low for pine resin, we turned our kitchen into a lab, we experimented for months and got beeswax everywhere. And I mean everywhere.
Now we’ve been making beeswax foodwraps for years and we absolutely looove sharing war stories with others out there who have had many attempts and failed. But imagine if you could get it right first go? Well, we’ve packaged up our recipe so you can do just that.
Beeswax Foodwraps are such a great way to cut back on that plastic cling wrap and zip lock bags. Because unlike cling wrap, which is full chemicals and impossible to recycle, beeswax foodwraps are reusable and au naturel.
Beeswax foodwraps can last you for years, depending on how often you use them and how well you look after them. We always advise our customers to rinse them only in cold water after use, and give them a gentle wipe with a cool, soapy sponge as needed. You will also want to keep them away from direct heat. So no microwaves, ovens, or stove tops. And if you’re headed out for a picnic, barbeque or if they’re being packed into a school bag on a hot Summer day, just tuck a cooler pack in with them or pop them in a cooler bag.
All the ingredients of beeswax foodwraps are biodegradable, which means they can be composted. If you’re composting foodwraps at home, just cut them into strips first. But it’s also really easy to resurface your foodwraps from time to time, which you can do with our DIY Waxing Medium. We have included the instructions for this in our method below. But first, some housekeeping: here’s our safety recommendations and a list of what you need.
- At least 1 x DIY Waxing Medium
- Fabric and scissors (our suggestions are below)
- Gloves and tongs for safety purposes
- Baking paper as a protective surface
- A glass jar for melting the medium
- A large spoon or paintbrush to apply the medium
- An iron to prepare your fabric and melt the wax
- A frying pan to create a double boiler
- An indoor clothesline and some pegs
- It’s best to wear gloves and use tongs when handling hot jars or fabric coated with hot wax
- All the ingredients are actually highly flammable, so don’t please leave anything unattended
- If you’re making foodwraps with the kids, just make sure you keep an eye on them at all times
- If hot wax comes into contact with skin, run the affected area under cold water for 20 minutes and seek medical advice.
- Please don’t use our DIY Waxing Medium for anything other than making foodwraps (Nope, it’s not suitable for candles or cosmetics. Sorry!)
If you don’t already have our DIY Waxing Medium you can order yours here.
Then, choose your fabric (our favourite part). The best fabric for making beeswax foodwraps is a natural fiber textile. We use 100% organic cotton. You will need fabric with a thin, tight weave such as broadcloth, calico or quilting fabric. If you’re upcyling some of that old fabric you have lying around, just make sure it’s not too stretchy and that the surface is intact. Wash the fabric in a gentle laundry detergent, let it dry thoroughly and then iron out all the creases. If you’re resurfacing old foodwraps, you can skip this part.
Use pinking sheers to trim your fabric. This just prevents any frayed ends getting tangled up in hot wax. Our DIY Waxing Medium will make roughly 2 small, 2 medium and 2 large wraps (see here for our dimensions). Small foodwraps are great for those half-cut veggies and large ones are ideal for sandwiches, salads and leftovers. Choose whichever size or shape best suits your needs.
Find yourself a nice flat, heatproof surface to work on. Line your work space with baking paper, lay out your fabric or old foodwrap, then trim the baking paper back allowing for at least 5cm from each edge.
Time to melt the wax. Did you read the safety instructions?
Instructions Let's get down to business
Add a little water to the frying pan. About half an inch will do. Place the medium in a glass jar, then pop the jar in the pan. Et voila! A double boiler. Set the stove to a low setting and heat the fry pan until the medium is melted. You may wish to stir it a little as it beings to melt. Now is also a good time to switch the iron onto a low setting.
Once the medium is completely melted, remove the jar from the pan and place it beside your fabric. Using the spoon, drizzle small amounts of the melted medium over the fabric. Then use the paint brush to spread a thin, even layer of over the entire surface. If you don’t have a paint brush, the of back of the spoon will do! And if you’re whipping up a batch of foodwraps, you can actually let the wax dry on the surface of the fabric before the next step.
Cover the fabric with a second sheet of baking paper. Gently iron over the top sheet until you get a smooth distribution of wax underneath. Don’t worry if the wax goes a little over the edges.
Now for the tricky part. Carefully peel back the top layer of baking paper. If you’re making large foodwraps, you might need someone to hold down one end. Then use your fingertips to peel the waxed fabric from the bottom layer. Hold it up over the baking paper for a few seconds to drip dry. Peg the edges to an indoor clothesline and allow it to cool overnight.
And that’s it!
The beauty of this method is that if you don’t use all the wax, you can just let it set in the jar to use again later on. It won’t expire, as long as you don’t burn it. So make sure you keep the lid. But if for some reason you have misplaced it, you can always make a special jar size foodwrap to cover your remaining wax!
We’d love to know how your foodwraps turn out!
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