All you wanted to know about beeswax wraps

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Beeswax wraps are marketed as a sustainable, reusable alternatives to plastic wraps and to be honest there’s a whole lot to like about them. Let's have a look at the  Pros and Cons of beeswax wraps!

 

 

 

PROS

  • 100% natural - Compared to cling film, the beeswax wraps are all natural so no nasties will leach into your food whilst its being stored. 
  • Keeps your food super fresh - The combination of natural ingredients with the organic cotton fabric allows our wraps to breathe, making sure your food stays fresh for longer. You will find that when wrapped in your beeswax wraps you will get 3-4 more days out of your loaf of bread, your greens and herbs will stay nice and crunchy for at least a week and your sandwiches won’t be all sweaty when you unwrap them come lunch time.

  • Clingy but in a good way - Pine resin gives our wraps a natural adhesive making sure your food is sealed tight, the warmth from your hands helps mould the wraps to give a strong seal. And they really do stay sticky even after you have used and washed them over and over again.

  • Reusable - Rather than using cling film or foil that you throw away after one use, our reusable food wraps can simply be washed in cold water with a little bit of soap and they are ready to roll again. After a 2-3 months just refresh them and whoop whoop off you go again.

  • Biodegradable - Once you have used your wrap to the max you can pop it on your compost or you can twist up and use as a firelighter.

  • It's fun! - You can create your own wrap at home in a question of minutes.

CONS

  • While these beeswax wraps are quite flexible, some users complains that it’s not as flexible compared to plastic wraps when it comes to completely sealing a glass bowl or into a sandwich for example.
  • It’s also not recommended to use into products like raw meat and fish since the thin layer of sheet it was made from will most likely break and will cause to leak. And yes, pretty sure we don’t want that.
  • Another con is if you’re a person who’s always on the move and you’re a sandwich person. You have to clean it and carry it with you throughout the day. And unlike plastic wraps, you can’t just crumple it and throw it into the trash can! It’s like throwing away money!

 

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BEESWAX WRAP

You will need:

  • A saucepan
  • A brush made of silicone or natural fiber (heat resistant)
  • Parchment paper
  • Iron
  • 100 gr. Beeswax (yellow wax)
  • 20 gr damar resin*
  • 15 ml jojoba oil
  • 100% cotton fabrics with "very light" weight**

* Resin melts more slowly than wax. As it is available in crystals, it is best to grind it with a mortar before melting it.

** Lightweight cotton will not perform as well as 'very' light weight cotton.

  1. In a saucepan melt the wax with the resin (reduced to powder)
  2. When both products are well melted, add jojoba oil.
  3. Place the cotton on a parchment paper (larger than the cotton, brush the pieces of fabric with a silicone brush, be careful not to put too much on it.) (As the wax is cooled quickly, wax will be uneven.)
  4. Cover the fabric with a second parchment and iron slowly. At this stage you will see the wax liquefying through the paper. This will allow you to control the distribution of wax throughout the piece of tissue.
  5. Remove and cool the cotton by keeping it in the air for about 1 or 2 minutes to prevent it from folding and sticking together.

* Damar Resin is available at Artist's Art Stores and Amazon. It is very important in the recipe since it gives the beewax wraps their adhesion.

* Jojoba oil makes the beewax wrap more flexible.

If you have no time or you are not a crafty person, you can buy your beeswax wrap here.  

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