I just discovered the most convenient thing EVER! Beeswax food wraps. Have you heard of it?
Before I get into it… Do you have any plastic/glad wrap in your kitchen? chuck it out… because when you’re done reading this, you will never feel the need to buy or use it!
What is it? Beeswax wrap is a reusable wrap, in my opinion, a better alternative to plastic wraps. It is a food wrap.
How does it work? It functions like how a plastic wrap would. Only better. It works great with covering cheese, salad bowls, cut fruit and even fermented foods, like kombucha, yogurt, raising flour and more. You can even wrap your sandwich in it for work or your kiddies lunch. The wrap shapes nicely around the food and it remains wrapped.
Why beeswax food wraps? Believe it or not, waxing cloths with beeswax was an ancient practice. The Egyptians used beeswax to store food for thousands of years. so in saying that, it keeps food fresh and longer lasting. It is also hygienically appropriate, non-toxic and eco friendly. My favorite part is that it is reusable and durable, making it also economical. Talk about a continuous winning situation.
Here’s how you can make it. That’s right, you can make it at home.
- 100% cotton fabric. Use organic cotton if preferred. The ideal thickness of the fabric is a sheeting cotton. If you have any bed sheets or pillow cases you no longer want/need, give it a good wash and use it. You know your own kitchen best. So, measure your cotton fabric to your own preference.
- beeswax (like this)
- baking sheets
- grater to grate the beeswax
- Iron and a Iron board or you can lay a thick sheet on your kitchen bench (whatever works best for you).
- makeshift clothesline and pegs or binder clips to hang the fabric to dry.
Step 1: Gather your pieces of fabric. Cut them into your preferred dimensions.
Step 2: Prepare the Iron and Iron board (warning: Place a thick sheet on top of your iron board to avoid any unwanted beeswax on it)
Step 3: Lay the first baking sheet on top of the iron board and then place the fabric on the baking sheet.
Step 4: Lightly sprinkle grated beeswax on one half of the fabric. Then fold the other half on top of the grated beeswax. Better to add a little than too much. You can always add more if needed.
Step 5: Place the second baking sheet on top of the folded fabric and start ironing.
Step 6: When the beeswax melts, use the paintbrush and brush on top of the baking sheet to spread the beeswax. Add more beeswax if needed.
Note: Do not use the iron to spread the beeswax because it will leave black burning marks on your fabric.
Step 7: Hang it on a makeshift clothesline. It drys very fast, if you’re not in a hurry, just hold it up in the air for a few seconds and you’re done.
You’re probably wondering, “how do I clean it?” You wash it with cool water and mild soap (like this). But if you don’t have mild soap, cool water will do. Do not wash it under hot water, why? you know why. Remember, it is reusable. You can use it OVER and OVER again for MONTHS and MONTHS, maybe even a YEAR. You will know when it is time to re-wax or bin it.
As you can see, my wraps are looking crinkled and used. You can be very creative with your patterns and colors. You can even make your kitchen drawers or pantry look beautiful and colorful with these wraps sitting in it. How about that! I’m not the only fan in our household, my husband loves it too. He constantly expresses how yummy it smells. I absolutely love beeswax food wraps and I highly recommend it. I love it so much that I look for every opportunity to use it. You have got to try it! If you want a demonstration video, just leave me a quick reply and I will be happy to provide one.