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Make-Your-Own Beeswax Food Wrap
Make-Your-Own Beeswax Food Wrap
Make-Your-Own Beeswax Food Wrap
Make-Your-Own Beeswax Food Wrap

Make-Your-Own Beeswax Food Wrap

Make Your Own
Plastic Free
Save Money
Zero Waste

Alternative for: Cling film / plastic food wrap

It is possible to buy readymade beeswax wraps. We like abeego and The Beeswax Wrap Co. But they are also pretty easy and cheaper to make yourself.

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Time: 15 mins

End of Life: Compostable

 Recommended by Isabel M.

"This was one of my first plastic-free makes and who better to test it on than my Guide Unit! This method was inspired by Plastic Free Planet"

Materials...

  • 100% cotton fabric
  • Pure beeswax (either solid bars or pellets) 
  • Jojoba oil (optional)

Equipment...

  • Scissors
  • Grater 
  • Iron & ironing board 
  • 2 x sheets of greaseproof paper

Method...

  1. If using solid beeswax bars, finely grate some of the wax - you won't need much per wrap
  2. Cut your fabric to desired size and shape - 20 x 20cm is a good size for your first wrap
  3. Lay fabric on 1 sheet of greaseproof paper - the paper should be much larger than your fabric
  4. Optional - adding a few drops of Jojoba oil to your fabric will make the wraps softer 
  5. Sprinkle some of the grated beeswax evenly onto the fabric. You will need a lot less than you think - it is much easier to add more than deal with too much wax! 
  6. Cover with the second sheet of greaseproof paper and iron, melting the wax onto the fabric
  7. Check and add more wax if required to cover any missed spots 
  8. Remove both sheets of greaseproof paper and set aside the new wrap to cool and harden.

Where to Buy...

Tips...

  • Making tips:
    • Ensure the fabrics has been recently washed before making your new wraps
    • Start off small - smaller wraps are much easier to make!
    • Fabric should be 100% cotton and not a polycotton blend
    • You can reuse the same 2 sheets of greaseproof paper for making more wraps 
  • How to use:
    • Cover food item or bowl with the wrap and use the warm of your hands to mould the wrap into shape
    • Do not wrap food which is still hot
    • Do not wrap raw meat or fish 
    • Not suitable for use in the oven or microwave
  • Care guidelines: 
    • Wash only in COLD water with a mild soap, liquid castile soap or washing up liquid
    • Air dry or dry with a tea towel 
    • Each wrap should last several months
    • If your wraps start to get a bit patchy, pop in the oven at 200 degrees for 2 mins to redistribute the wax.

This information is provided as a guide only and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.

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