Disposable packaging is incredibly present in our kitchens, especially plastic. Wrapping or storing food is often done with plastic wrap or aluminium wrap, as they seem practical and hygienic due to their single use.
Today we would like to present you an alternative that is hygienic but reusable: beeswax wraps.
Basically it is a cotton fabric coated with beeswax. The beeswax allows the fabric to be both flexible and shape-retaining, simply by warming it with the palms of your hands. It is just as suitable for wrapping lunch as it is for covering food.It is infinitely usable and can be easily washed off with lukewarm water. It come in all sizes and shapes.
Enough explanation, let’s get to the tutorial!
What you need:
- 500g organic beeswax (in drops)
- 2 sheets of baking paper
- Washed cotton fabrics
With 500 grams of wax, you can make about 20 medium sized fabrics (25cmx25cm). You can also use beeswax slice. In this tutorial we use drops.
First you turn on the oven at 100°C, with circulating air. Then you put one piece of fabric on the baking paper and spread the drops evenly on the fabric. There should be 1-2 drops every few centimeters.
Then put the baking paper with fabric and beeswax in the warm oven and wait about 10 minutes until all drops have melted. It is best to look into the oven from time to time!
Meanwhile, turn on the iron and have it ready. You can iron on an ironing board, but a work surface lined with a towel will also do.
Now place the baking paper from the oven on the ironing surface and place the other sheet of baking paper on the fabric.With the iron you can now iron the fabric until the wax is evenly impregnated. In between turn the fabric over to iron both sides. Always make sure that the iron does not come into direct contact with the fabric. You should also remember which side of the baking paper is being ironed and which side touches the fabric, otherwise the wax will stick to the iron.
When the wax is spread all over the fabric, you can simply let it cool down and it’s done!
This process can be repeated until all fabrics are covered with wax.
How to clean:
It is important to clean the fabrics only with lukewarm water and dishwashing liquid. Hot water will dissolve the wax layer.
In addition, you should not pack raw meat or fish in them. Onions are also not recommended, as the smell will not wash out.
After some cleansing of the fabric, it can happen that the beeswax is no longer evenly applied. Then you can simply iron it again between the sheets of baking paper and it is as good as new again!