Beeswax Food Wrap

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Christmas may be over for you, but I’m still going strong with my backlog of gift ideas, so stick with me.  And this one might come in handy for you as you are dealing with festive leftovers.

Start with some scraps of fabric, cut into various shapes, that you can wrap around bowls or sandwiches or whatever.  I finished the edges with pinking shears, so that they wouldn’t fray so fast (once they’re waxy, they won’t fray at all).

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Then grate a whole bunch of beeswax.  I did 3oz beeswax, which gave me just enough to finish 11 pieces of fabric.

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Turn your oven on to about 180°F, or as low as it will go, and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Lay a piece of fabric on the baking sheet and sprinkle it evenly with beeswax.  You want enough that when it’s melted it will saturate the cloth.

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Shove the fabric in the oven for a few minutes.  Keep an eye on it and watch for how long it will take the beeswax to melt — between five and ten minutes.

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When the beeswax is entirely melted, haul out your baking sheet and immediately remove the cloth from the foil — if you don’t it will stick and get gross.  I waved mine in the air a few times before the wax set and I could set them down.

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Keep going until all your sheets are finished and thoroughly saturated with beeswax.  If you miss a spot, you can always top it up and shove it back in the oven for a few minutes.

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Use these wraps like you would plastic wrap.  They will mould into shapes with the heat of your hands and stick to themselves, so you can even cover bowls with them.

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I was going to show you the wrap on a sandwich but I was out of bread so you get deli meat instead in a wrap.  Beeswax is naturally antibacterial, and the wax itself blocks out air, so it makes a really good seal for keeping your food fresh.

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Wash gently in warm (not hot!) water to remove food goo and to ease the wax back into shape.  TADA!

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Author: allythebell

A corgi. A small boy. A sense of adventure. Chaos ensues.

12 thoughts on “Beeswax Food Wrap”

    1. If you add too much then it would probably flake off. But if it was just enough to saturate the cloth it should be fine. You’ll get lines where it creases but those sort of “re-set” when you rinse them in warm water.

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  1. This is an interesting Idea! I wonder though, how do you store them when not in use? I wouldn’t want to shove them in a drawer and get bits of stuff stuck to the wax.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this great idea, especially as I was frustrated with the sheer amount of plastic wrap we went through over the holidays! I made a few up yesterday but instead of the oven, I melted the wax in a double boiler on the stove and then “painted” the cloth on both sides. Seems to have worked 🙂

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