As we become ever more mindful of the harm we are doing to our environment, we are making an effort as a family to reduce our waste and buy less single-use products. Every small change that we implement will in time make a difference and if enough people make these small changes then together we can make an impact.
Here is one easy change to make: switching from using cling film food wrap to beeswax wraps.
So how do beeswax wraps work? Simply using the warmth of your hands mold the wrap over a piece of food, a bowl, or a plate. It will keep your sandwiches, cheese, fruit, vegetables, bread, cakes, rising doughs (and anything else you want) nice and fresh! They are not recommend for use with raw meat or fish.
The wraps are reusable time and time again. Once you’re done with your wrap, just wash it with a gentle dish soap and cool water (be careful not to use hot water as this will melt the wax), just let it drip-dry and it’s ready to use again.
Beeswax wraps will work well for around a year, once you find it to be not as effective or it loses pliability you can pop it back in the oven to give it another lease of life, or just cut it up and put in the compost bin or use as firelighters. And then make some more!
Are there any negatives to using beeswax wraps? Well yes, there are some disadvantages. They can’t be used to store raw chicken, meat or fish. They aren’t disposable so once you’ve eaten your snack or lunch you’ll have to carry the wrap around until you get home (not a huge problem for most people!), and they can be expensive – especially if you buy readymade wraps. It’s much more cost effective to make your own. They are also not suitable for use in the microwave (they will melt!), and they do have quite a strong waxy smell when they’re new but this soon wears off and it’s really not that bad.
Just a note for vegans, as an alternative to beeswax you can use soya wax pellets.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING BEESWAX FOOD WRAPS
- Beeswax (I bought mine from Amazon in a large block but you can also buy it in pellet form. You will need about 25g per wrap. You can add a small amount of coconut oil for extra pliability but this is not essential.)
- 100% cotton fabric, cut to required size (I usually cut my fabric either to the size of the baking sheet or double the size and fold in half).
- An old baking sheet
- Rubber spatula
- Cheese grater
Bear in mind that the wax will be very hard to remove from your equipment so consider keeping these for future wax wrap making only!
- Preheat oven to 80-100c. (a higher temperature will burn the wax)
- Place fabric on baking sheet (folding over large pieces of fabric).
- Sprinkle fabric with grated beeswax.
- Place in preheated oven for approximately 2-3 minutes.
- Spread wax evenly with spatula to make sure the entire surface of fabric is saturated with wax.
- Lay out flat on baking parchment to cool.
- When fully cooled trim edges with pinking shears to give a nice finish.