Janice’s Chat - From Our Home to Yours
Beeswax Wraps – A reusable alternative to plastic cling film (Gladwrap)
Like to make your own Beeswax wraps?
- I have a small selection of organic cotton material available plus beeswax blocks, pellets, and grated beeswax, almond oil, raw propolis, and instruction sheets
- Ready-made beeswax wraps also available
Over the last month or two, we have had a number of customers coming in to buy beeswax pellets to make up their own beeswax wraps. I have become fascinated by the concept and have had fun (mostly) trying out various methods – looking for the easiest and less messy option! As always, there’s much information on the internet, which can be confusing, as well as very helpful at times.
I’m certainly enjoying using these wraps at home and they are a great alternative to using Gladwrap.
- Easy-to-make, environmentally friendly.
- Bees Wax food wraps are made by infusing a mix of beeswax and almond oil or coconut oil and propolis into cotton fabric.
- Perfect for wrapping snacks, fruit, veggies, cheese, bread etc.
- To use, just place over a bowl or container, or wrap around food like cheese or school lunches, or fold into a snack bag. The warmth from your hands will meld the wrap into the desired shape.
- Items that contain a lot of moisture should not be placed in snack bags.
- Wraps can be washed in cool, soapy water (if necessary) and reused. As they can’t be washed in hot water, don’t use them to cover raw meat.
- Depending on how frequently they’re used, they can last for up to a year. After that, all you need to do is re-wax them in order to keep using them.
- Wraps are water-repellent and have natural antibacterial properties. When applied to cotton, it renders the cotton “unbreathable” which helps maintain the proper moisture content when storing food.
When choosing your fabric, use 100% cotton (organic is preferable). The ideal thickness is a sheeting cotton (think your bed sheets or pillowcase). You can reuse old sheets or pillowcases, or you can choose beautiful fabrics for fun.
~ Janice Brandon