How To Make A Beeswax Wrap

Here's a brilliant and easy way to make your very own customisable      eeswax wrap and save on cling film and foil

Materials

  • Two sheets of 50x50cm cooking parchment.

  • One square of clean 100% cotton cloth (25x25cm).

  • 14g of beeswax - you can either use a cheese grater to grate this from a packed beeswax block or buy them in pellet form – cosmetic grade.

  • One chopping board, or slab of wood.

  • An ironing board and iron.

You can play around with some funky coloured cotton sheets to bring some colour and fun to your packed lunches!

Method

  • Set up the ironing board and heat the iron to a medium heat (no steam).

  • Place your chopping board on top of the ironing board - if you don't have a chopping board to hand you can just use an old towel or something that will prevent you from getting wax on to the board. 

  • Place the first sheet of cooking parchment on top of the chopping board.

  • Next place the cotton cloth on top of the cooking parchment - there should be an even diameter of cooking parchment around the cotton square to avoid any spillage of wax, and to prevent it getting on your iron.

  • Next, sprinkle the grated or pellets of beeswax evenly across the cotton cloth - do make sure the beeswax covers all corners of the sheet or else you'll be left with some dry sections.

  • Once the beeswax is evenly distributed, place the second sheet of cooking parchment on top, carefully as not to displace any of the beeswax.

  • Then gently press the iron on top of the cooking parchment, press the iron all over until the wax begins to melt allowing you to iron as you normally would.

  • Continue ironing the square for a couple of minutes after the wax has melted so that you ensure it sets into the fabric and doesn't cling to the top layer of parchment.

  • Once you've left it to cool for a minute, carefully peel the top layer of cooking parchment away so that you're left with the top of the wrap exposed.

  • Then from the corner of the wrap, you can peel it off of the cooking parchment below.

You can use the warmth of your hands and fingers to slightly melt the wrap so that it sticks together around your sandwich.

 

You can also use them for covering up food in the fridge. To wash your wraps, simply rinse in cold or lukewarm water, and you can also use a mild detergent. Then just hang them up to dry. Do not use to cover meat or fish, as you can’t wash them vigorously in hot water, so they might become contaminated. The beeswax is antimicrobial in nature, so it's great for left-overs.

 

You can also freeze them with food inside for up to 3 months. They should last for about 6 months to a year before they need replacing. Think of all the plastic you have saved in that time!

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