How to make beeswax wraps
Want to learn how to make beeswax wraps with an iron? Craft your own reusable beeswax food wraps for a plastic-free and beautiful alternative to cling film
Making your own beeswax food wraps: FAQ
Why use jojoba oil in beeswax wraps?
Adding jojoba oil to your beeswax wraps makes them more pliable, less stiff and easier to mould into different shapes. This is not straightforward with the iron method, so we have not included jojoba oil in our beeswax wraps. Instead, if you find it hard to mould your beeswax wraps into different shapes, hold it in your hands to warm it and maker it a little more pliable.
How to use beeswax wraps
We’ve made our beeswax wrap into a reusable food wrap to wrap sandwiches, but if you don’t add the buttons, they work like a combination of cling film and silver foil. Use them to cover bowls of leftovers in your fridge, moulding the fabric around the bowl opening so it takes on the right shape and clings on. They are great for keeping cut herbs fresh in the fridge as they slow down desication without stopping things from breathing – this makes them great for non-sweaty storage of cheese, too.
How to clean beeswax wraps
Don’t use any heat to clean your wraps as this could melt the beeswax and shorten their life. A simple rinse under the cold tap is enough to clean off most foods, or apply a little washing up liquid on a sponge rinsed in cold water to get off any oily residues.
White beeswax or yellow beeswax wraps?
We’d say it is better to prioritise the quality of the beeswax over the colour. You need cosmetic or food quality for this project as the beeswax will be regularly coming into contact with your food. If you are using a white background fabric, white beeswax will give you less discolouration than yellow, but both will change the colour of your fabric. This is actually a useful feature that lets you see when your fabric is properly infused with the wax.
Is there a vegan version of beeswax wraps?
The great thing about using beeswax is it brings some antimicrobial qualities. But if you are avoiding animal products entirely, you can substitute in soy wax. Make sure the soy wax you use is certified for food use.
What about using pine resin to make my reusable food wraps?
Like jojoba oil, you can’t add pine resin using this easy ironing method, so we’ve not used it in our wraps. Adding pine resin in with the beeswax helps makes them more sticky and clingy, so they will grip on to things more which makes them a closer match for clingfilm. To use this, you need to melt down the beeswax and the resin together at a much higher temperature than you’d need to melt beeswax alone. Typically this is done in a saucepan on the stove – but it will ruin your saucepan for all other things. If you are keen on tying this method, you can find a tutorial from Countryfile magazine click for the Countryfile beeswax wrap tutorial