Beeswax wraps are probably the biggest trend when it comes to beeswax crafts these days. You may have or have not heard of it, but it is an amazing alternative for cling film. They are easy to mold, which makes them perfect for weird shapes. These wraps are incredibly easy to make and use and under normal conditions they last for several months. Since it is fully bio-degradable it is an Eco-friendly alternative too!
It should be mentioned that beeswax wraps can be used as wrappings for food as well as lids for jars. Good Housekeeping Institute recommends using them to cover foods you’ll eat within a couple of hours or the next day. To use them for food like a sandwich, bowl of pasta, or piece of fruit. Avoid using these wraps for meat. In case of using it as lid for jar you will need to apply little bit of pressure to seal it tight.
Process of Making Beeswax Wraps
There are few alternative methods by which you can make beeswax wraps but it all comes down to the simple process of melting and applying it over pure cotton cloth. There are several ways you can do it, which primary differ due materials and tools which you will use in the process.
For start, you will need cotton material. Better said, pure cotton. Cut the it into shape and size you want it to be. That will be base for your wrap. Once you got it done, it’s time to melt the beeswax. Here you have different approaches depending of type of beeswax which you are using.
If you chose to use cubes of beeswax then you have 2 possible methods. If you will melt the beeswax in oven, you will need a grater (or something similar), with which you will slice it into tinny parts. Make sure to use side of grater with tinny holes, so the grated wax is thinner. This way it will melt even faster. Put the grated beeswax into tray and set the oven to medium-high temperature. Make sure you keep your eye on it! Since beeswax has low melting temperature it will melt rather fast. You certainly do not want to burn it! Once it is melted apply it with the brush all over the cotton cloth evenly. Eventually let it dry and you got your beeswax wrap!
This method can be done if you are using beeswax pellets too. Issue with this method is that it is wasteful, as you can not guess how much of beeswax will you need for your cloth until it actually melts. More economical method is to use the iron (old type of iron which does not have vapor holes in it). Simply sprinkle grated beeswax or pellets all over the cloth and iron it evenly. If you are using beeswax cubes, you even better option. Simply scrub the cube over hot iron and beeswax will melt automatically! Then just evenly iron the cotton cloth.
As said before, these wrappers can last for months. Their scent isn’t transferred onto food and maintenance is simple. If you need to wash them, make sure to use cold water, so that the beeswax doesn’t melt.
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