MAKE: Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap
I have been wanting to buy some reusable beeswax food wrap for a few months now. A little while ago, I stumbled across a DIY version in a friend's book Forgotten Ways for Modern Days. This book is beautiful and full of tips and tricks for living a more sustainable and hand made life. After looking at the DIY beeswax wrap recipe in this book and doing some research between a few different blogs, I found that the instructions are pretty much all the same. In my own words, here is an easy peasy lemon squeezy method for making your own beeswax food wrap! As an added bonus, making your own version is much cheaper for your budget too.
- Fabric scissors or pinking shears
- Cotton fabric of choice, washed and dry (if wrinkled from washing, iron out the creases before using)
- Beeswax pellets or block (if using a block you will also need a grater)
- Old painting brush
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet
- Oven preheated to 185°F
1. Cut out your cotton fabric of choice into squares or rectangles. I chose to go with 11" x 11" which is fairly large. I like using a larger size because I can use it for a wider variety of things. Just make sure that the piece of fabric you cut fits on your baking sheet.
2. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay your piece of fabric on the baking sheet and sprinkle with beeswax pellets. I used about 1 1/2 Tbsp to 2 Tbsp. If you are using a block of beeswax, grate about 2 Tbsp worth of shavings.
3. Place the baking sheet in the oven for about 5 minutes. Once the time is up, check on the fabric and use an old painting brush (beeswax will dry and get stuck in the bristles) to spread the wax evenly over the fabric. Make sure the wax covers the edges. If there are still a few spots that look like they don't have much wax, put a few pellets in the places that need it and place the baking sheet back in the oven for a few minutes. I had to do this a few times and it differed with each piece of fabric.
4. Once the fabric is covered evenly with beeswax, carefully peel up the sheet of fabric with your finger. It shouldn't be very hot as the wax dries quickly. Wave the sheet of fabric in the air and then hang to dry. I used my laundry drying rack, but you could also use a clothing hanger or the back of a chair. Let the beeswax fabric rest until it is cured. I left mine about an hour.
5. Repeat for the amount of beeswax food wrap that you want to make! The process can be a little tedious, so make sure you have a solid window of time.
Note: I used yellow beeswax pellets which changed the colour of my fabric a bit. If you want your fabric to stay true to colour then look for white beeswax.
How to Use:
Wrap up your cheeses, fruits, veggies, sandwiches. Use it to cover bowls or jars. Beeswax wrap keeps it all fresh and the wrap is washed clean with cold water. It is not meant for wrapping up raw meat.
The beeswax food wrap is super easy to mold around whatever food item you are wrapping up. The wax will melt with the heat of your hand to become pliable and flexible for the shape you need. Below is a hunk of raclette cheese wrapped up in my beeswax food wrap. All I did was fold over the edges and wrap it up like a gift. Who wouldn't want a beautiful hunk of cheese as a gift?
Fun Fact: Beeswax food wrap can be easily repaired if the wax is starting to wear through, which it may start to do after about a year of consistent use. All you need to do to repair the wrap is melt a few more pellets on the fabric. Yay for reuse and repair!
Buying it from Amazon or a local company:
One 13" x 13" beeswax wrap - approximately $9.50 plus shipping
Making it yourself:
450g package of beeswax pellets - $22.95
(I used about 1/3 of the bag for 8 sheets. So $22.95/3 and then divided again by 8 to get the per unit cost.)
1/2 metre of cotton fabric - approximately $8 (Sunk cost if you already had the fabric sitting around taking up space like I did.)
Parchment paper - $2.99
Per unit price for one 11" x 11" beeswax wrap - approximately $2
Making your own beeswax food wrap is much more cost effective than buying it made by someone else. I made 8 sheets of 11" x 11" fabric and only used about 1/3 of the 450g bag of beeswax pellets that I bought. Since it was so easy and I still have a lot of materials I am planning to make some more and give a few away to my mom and boyfriend. The beeswax food wrap is great as a gift, and who doesn't love something hand made!
If you prefer to support a local Canadian company rather than making it yourself, I highly recommend buying from Abeego which is a fantastic company founded right here in Victoria, B.C.