HOW TO MAKE BEESWAX WRAPS
HOW TO MAKE BEESWAX WRAPS
In this weeks blog we will be walking you through a step by step tutorial on how to make your own beeswax wraps using our D.I.Y. kits, and we will also answer some of the more common FAQ's we receive.
WHY USE BEESWAX WRAP ANYWAY?
First of all, we should all, as a community, be aware of the effects of single-use plastics.
Unfortunately, most plastics in our home is single-use. Cling wrap is a perfect example of a single-use plastic, and although it might keep your sandwich fresh, it can take up to 1000 years to decompose and in the meantime it can't be recycled.
But we can help put an end to this environmental problem by making a few simple changes. If you want to read more about what you can do to help, we have a whole blog dedicated to why we need to stop single use plastics which you can read about here: Why we need to stop single use plastics.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BEESWAX WRAPS
Pre-heat oven to 85 degrees (no higher or wax may burn).
Line a flat baking tray with a silicone mat or baking paper. Maker sure the tray is bigger than your material.
Place your material flat on the tray & dot with small pieces of the beeswax/coconut oil blocks. If you're using our deluxe kit, use the shaver that comes in the kit to shave the wrap mix into thin strips.
Place in the oven for around 10 minutes or until the wax has melted.
Make sure the material is completely coated in a thin layer of wax. Use a clean paintbrush or silicone pastry brush (used just for this purpose as it will stick) to help spread the wax. Re-use your silicone mat/baking paper for the next wrap.
Lift wrap out of the tray & gently swish a few times back & forth to help the wax dry, this should only take 15-20 seconds or so.
As soon as the wrap has completely cooled it’s ready to use!
Beeswax wraps are great to use when travelling, no need for plastic containers!
HOW TO USE YOUR BEESWAX WRAPS
Use the warmth of your hands to mould your wrap over the item to be covered. The wrap will hold its shape as it cools and will form a seal.
These wraps are great for all sorts of things including bowls, jars, cups, sandwiches, cheese, cut fruit or vegetables, kombucha/kefir jars, toothbrushes (ideal when travelling!), etc., anywhere you’d normally use a single-use plastic wrap.
Beeswax wraps are not recommended for wrapping meat products as this would require very hot water to sanitise and could melt the wax.
We suggest making wraps in several different shapes and sizes so you can cover a variety of foods and containers. Wraps should last 6-12 months & can be re-waxed or composted at the end of their life.
Beeswax wraps are perfect to use as covers for leftovers
Use warm water (not too hot) with a mild, chemical-free detergent, or simply wipe over with a damp cloth and allow to dry.
The amount of wax needed per wrap will depend on the thickness of the material. Use only natural materials; thin, close weave works best although we’ve used economical calico with success.
On average it will take two blocks to cover a 25cm square of material.
Pinking shears are great to cut out your material, but if you don’t have these, ordinary scissors will do as the wax coating will help prevent the material from fraying.
Make your beeswax wraps in colourful material that matches your kitchen decor!
What Is The Best Material To Use For Making My Beeswax Wraps?
For best results, we recommend a close-weave, 100% cotton material or a thin calico.
Although thicker material can be used, it will absorb more beeswax (so you'll get less wraps out of your kit) and it will also make your wraps thick, heavy and more prone to cracking.
We also don't recommend using loose-weave materials such as muslin or cheesecloth as these are too thin and will not hold enough wax to work properly.
Can I Use An Iron Instead Of The Oven to Make My Wraps?
Yes, you can use whatever is easiest for you! Just remember the same heat rule applies, low and slow.
Set your iron to the lowest setting and place sandwich your beeswax wrap between two sheets of baking paper. Press with an iron until the wax has completely melted and your wrap is fully covered with the mix.
Can I Use Just Beeswax to Make My Beeswax Wrap?
Well of course, but it won't work as well because beeswax alone is not sticky enough and will crack off the material after a few uses.
This is why we have formulated the perfect blend of beeswax and coconut oil to make the best wraps available. The coconut oil helps to make the wrap a little tacky and sticky so when you're wrapping your food it will stick to itself and form a seal.
Do You Use Resin/Rosin In your Beeswax Mix?
No, we choose not to add resin/rosin to our beeswax wrap mix. And here's why....!
Resin/rosin is typically used to make the wraps more sticky and can sometimes be harmful to those with certain allergies. It is also believed that it may cause stomach upsets if consumed.
Also people who suffer from allergies may also prefer to use a resin-free beeswax wrap mix.
We found that just using a combination of jojoba and coconut oil can create the same sticky effect but without the harmful side effects.
Use your beeswax wraps for all sorts of things and ditch the use of plastics!