Alice's Beeswax Food Wraps
Do you have or have you used wax wraps? Well we use them all the time, and we love them! I think wax wraps are a great way to keep foods good and fresh and you are not using plastic when doing so. Sometimes we use wax wraps for other things too. Like when the blender top is in the dish washer we use a wax wrap as the top! Once we even used a wax wrap to help vacuum seal a bag. Basically what I am trying to say is wax wraps can be used for many different things (mom says they are versatile). The only problem is they are sort of expensive in stores……. So we found a way to make them ourselves and we want to share them with you!
Step 1: The Setup
Place your cut square of 100% cotton fabric between two pieces of parchment paper on top of a table cloth/protector.
Step 2: Add the Ingredients
These beeswax pellets work great! Just sprinkle them around the entire piece of cloth.
This is powered pine resin. You don’t need a lot - just sprinkle a spoon full of the power all around your cloth as well. If you find that your wraps are too sticky - then you added too much.
Final ingredient is Jojoba oil. Just add some drops all around the cloth it helps to keep the wax soft and pliable and it keeps it from cracking.
This is what it should look like before you apply heat! The thicker your cotton fabric the more ingredients you’ll need to use. As you make them you’ll find the right balance for the fabric you choose.
Step 3: Apply Heat
Cover your fabric with the ingredients with the other piece of parchment paper - and “iron” the paper until all wax is melted and fully absorbed by the cotton material. This can take a little time. You want to use an iron on a low setting, no steam. It is not recommended that you use an iron that you’ll want to use again on clothes.
You can see here how the wax is melting and spreading around the fabric!
Step 4: Remove and Dry
Just open up the parchment paper and peel the fabric off. You’ll want to wave it in the air a few times to set the wax. Then you can place it on more parchment paper to dry for several minutes.
These wax wraps will last several months! Just make sure you only wash them with mild dish soap and cold water. Heat will melt the wax and remove it from the cloth.
Here are two easy uses of wax wraps - cover a bowl, or wrap a piece of leftover food. You can “activate” the wrap by crumbling it in your hands to soften the wax. The wraps stick to themselves to create a seal.