I’m not entirely sure why making these wraps made me so excited! It’s possibly because making them has been on my to-do list for so long, that it was incredibly satisfying to actually get it done.
The purpose of beeswax wraps is to eradicate the need for cling film in your kitchen. Not only is cling film not currently recyclable, it also leeches chemical nasties on to the food you cover it with when heated.
Cling film is banned in the USA, but not currently in Europe, despite scientific research now proving years of claims that it’s bad for our health.
It’s also bad for the health of our planet, so I’m not sure why I waited so long to make these extremely simple natural alternatives.
To make your own you will need:
- Thin cotton (I used 100% organic cotton, think sheet thickness). Cut it into the sizes you want. I made mine 25cm by 25cm, but some bigger and some smaller would be handy.
- !00% organic beeswax (you can buy a bar and grate it, or buy it in pellets)
Here’s how to make the wraps:
Once your wraps are dry you can just leave them as they are and tie up sandwiches with string or you can make some sandwich pockets using sew on snap fasteners if you are handy with a needle and thread (I’m not). Avoid Velcro because it’s made from plastic!
Gently wash after use with a cloth and cold water (don’t use hot water, the wax will flake off).
I don’t think these are a perfect solution, the beeswax does flake in areas where you continually fold, but it has to be better than using cling film. If they start to look tatty where the wax is flaking you can simply fold out flat again and sprinkle on a little more wax and pop back in the oven.
So far I’ve only used them for wrapping food, but you could make smaller squares and cover leftover bowls of food with the addition of an elastic band to keep it all in place.