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)
  • 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.


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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