Do you cringe every time you use plastic wrap? Making eco-friendly beeswax food wraps and bowl covers is a great way to reduce or eliminate the need for plastic wrap and if you make your own wraps you can customize them to fit your containers.
Why should we use beeswax food wraps?
According to the National Center for Health Research, plastic or cling wrap is made utilizing a plasticizer containing DEHA, which can leach into high-fat foods like cheeses and meats.
“Studies in the 1990s showed that DEHA can cause liver tumors in mice, and other studies showed that DEHA migrates from plastic wrap into food—particularly high-fat foods such as cheese.”
Different methods to make beeswax food wraps:
I tried different methods to make these beeswax food wraps and found that only one worked well:
- method one: melt beeswax on a baking sheet; dip the material into the melted beeswax, hang to dry. I found that the beeswax was solidifying before I had the material coated and it was messy to hang the drying wraps. sophieuliano.com
- method two: place your material on a sheet of aluminum foil; sprinkle grated beeswax or pellets evenly over the material; cover with another sheet of aluminum foil and use an iron to melt the beeswax into the material. This worked much better than the dipping method but you can’t see through the foil to find out if the beeswax has melted and spread to all parts of the material unless you peel back the foil.
- method three: same as above but using parchment paper in place of the foil. You can see through the parchment paper which allows you to assess whether or not the beeswax has melted right up to the edges of the material. When you let the beeswax coated material dry on the parchment paper there is no need to hang it to dry. For a video demo, see the frugal frog.
I used regular beeswax which darkened the fabric. I would suggest buying white beeswax pellets which will retain the beautiful colors in your fabrics and the pellets will also save you time and energy. The only time-consuming part of this process was grating the beeswax. You can purchase white pellets from amazon.com or amazon.ca.
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cotton or linen material
white beeswax pellets from amazon.com or amazon.ca
measure the diameter of the top of a round container and add 3-4 inches to that measurement
find a bowl or plate that approximates the total measurement
lay out your fabric and trace around the bowl or plate
cut out around the circle with pinking shears
measure the width and length of a container and add 3-4 inches to each measurement
lay out your fabric
measure and mark the required dimensions using a ruler
cut out the square or rectangle with pinking shears
place one piece of material on a piece of parchment paper that is about twice the size of the fabric
sprinkle grated beeswax or beeswax pellets evenly over the material right up to the edges
place another piece of parchment paper on top
iron over-top the parchment paper ensuring that the melted beeswax spreads right out to the edges of the fabric
add more grated beeswax if necessary
peel the top parchment paper away from the beeswax coated material
when cool, peel the beeswax coated material away from the bottom layer of the parchment paper
1. I made a 12 inch circle, a 10 1/2 inch circle, a 7 1/2 inch circle and a 5 inch circle.
2. I also made a 12 1/2 inch square, a 10 inch square and a 7 inch square as well as an 11 X 18 inch rectangle
3. To use, lay the wrap over the container and press the wrap against the edges. The heat from your hands will warm the beeswax so that the wrap will mold to the container.
4. Square or rectangular wraps are perfect for packaging cheese, butter, sandwiches, etc.
5. To clean, wipe the wraps with a cool damp and/or soapy cloth.
6. Do not dip the wraps in hot water or wipe with a hot cloth as the beeswax could melt.