HOW TO MAKE BEESWAX WRAPS
HOW TO MAKE BEESWAX WRAPS
In this week's 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 the oven method.
SO WHY USE BEESWAX WRAPS?
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. Plastic bags are a perfect example of single-use plastic, and although it might keep your food 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 the beeswax may burn).
Line a flat baking tray with a silicone mat or baking paper. Make sure the tray is bigger than your material.
Place your material flat on the tray and dot small pieces of the beeswax mix all over. If you're using our deluxe kit, use the bamboo knife that comes with kit to shave the wax off thinly.
If you're using the starter pack, you can break the blocks up into small pieces with your fingers.
Place the tray in the oven for around 10 minutes or until the wax has completely melted.
Make sure the material is coated in a thin layer of wax all over. 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 seconds or so.
Make your beeswax wraps in colourful material that matches your kitchen decor!
As soon as the wrap has completely cooled it’s ready to use!
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.
No need for plastic soap dishes or toothbrush covers. Make small wraps just for these items, perfect to use when travelling!
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?
Yes, you can, but it won't work quite as well because beeswax alone is not sticky enough and because it is naturally hard, it will crack after a few uses.
This is why we have formulated the perfect blend of beeswax, jojoba and coconut oil to make the best wraps available. The combination of oils help to make the wraps tacky so when you're wrapping your food it will stick to itself and form a seal.Want to find out more about making, using and caring for your beeswax wraps? Read our comprehensive guide here