Beeswax Food Wraps – make your own

My dear friend introduced me to these beeswax food wraps, although I knew they existed, I never thought of buying them. I was impressed by their qualities and while browsing online to buy some, I discovered that it is indeed possible to make your own. So, after long research I am finally able to share what I learned with you.

The amount of ingredients I used allowed me to make 1 round wrap 9″ (23 cm) in diameter + 3 rectangular wraps 10″ x 8″ (25 cm x 21 cm) . There was plenty of wax mixture, so I was able to do 2 wraps at a time by soaking the excess wax from each other.

List of materials and ingredients:

  • Parchment paper – old towel -pinking shears -iron – mallet or rolling pin to mash the pine resin.
  • Cotton fabric, prewashed and ironed. I used about less than half a meter (1/2 yard).Beeswax: for this demonstration I used 30 gm (about 1 oz)
  • Pine resin: for the amount of wax I used 15 gm (1/2 oz)
    YOUCAN BUY THE RESIN ALREADY IN POWDER FROM.
  • Jojoba oil: about 25 drops ( less than 1/2 tablespoon)
    All the sites I read and watched, gave different ratio of oil to be used, some said 1/3 of the wax used, others said 1/8 . As you will see in my video I used about 25 to 30 drops (less than 1/2 a tablespoon) for the 30gm of wax I used and so far, my wraps work perfectly. The important thing is not to add too much oil in order to keep the stickiness provided by the wax and resin.


I BOUGHT ALL INGREDIENTS ONLINE AND NOBODY IS SPONSORING ME TO RECOMMEND ANY BRANDS.

Other points to mention:

  • Keep away from fire.
  • Use the warmth of your hands to mold the wrap around the edges of the container.
  • Only wash with cold soapy water and let dry drip dry.
  • Do not use to wrap raw meat because the wraps can only be washed with cold water.
  • The wraps will last between 6 months and a year depending on the way you use and wash them.
  • If you ever feel that the wax is damaged somehow, just re-iron the wrap again over parchment paper, this will melt the wax and with the iron movements you can re distribute it.
  • If the wrap feels stiff, just squeeze into a ball, your warm hand will soften it.
  • You might find sometimes that the wraps become unstuck when kept in the fridge (covering a jar, for instance), this is due to the cold temperature, so I suggest to stick the wrap well around the edges of the container and , if you have to fold the wrap around corners, make it stick to itself, rather than to the container.

Your hands might be sticky after making the wraps, wax/resin residue is not easy to wash, I used hand lotion and kitchen paper to remove it.

I understand that it is possible to make a vegan version of theses wraps, but I have not gone that path yet.

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