Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps – A Great Cling Film Alternative
The Problem with Plastic
Let’s start with plastic before we dive into the benefits of using Beeswax Wraps. Yes plastic items are generally convenient but for far too many of us they have become blended into our lives .
When we use plastic to cover food it helps keep it sealed from the outside world, but also makes the food sweat inside the container. However products like cling film are a mainstay in most kitchens around the world.
The saturated use of plastic in homes accumulates to over 300 million tons of plastic being produced each year that is used only once…
Single-use plastics for packaging, storage bags, straws, shopping bags, and much more. To make this matter worse most of this plastic ends up in our oceans. The plastic that does actually make it to landfills will take anywhere from 500 to 1,000 years to degrade.
Cling Film Alternative
So a number of us are waking up to the idea of recycling plastic However, the best course of action would be to help reduce plastic waste in the first place?
Most recycling facilities are only capable of recycling PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) or HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene). Most of the plastic used in food packaging do not fall into these categories a cheaper version is used which is not recyclable.
I believe the best way to help reduce the use of plastic is to just stop using it. One way to do so is to make your very own reusable beeswax food wraps to replace plastic cling film wrap used by most people daily.
Beeswax Food Wraps
Below is a simple way to make beeswax wraps for yourself. Or if youe are looking for a more convenient solution Grayston Beeswax provide an excellent solution and come with a Replenshire Bar to make additional wraps or just restore your own.
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To make your own follow these simple steps.
Supplies for Beeswax Wraps
- 100% cotton fabric
- Beeswax pellets
- Pinking shears
- Aluminum cookie sheet
- Empty tin can
- Small saucepan
- Paintbrush (use an inexpensive one that will not be used for another project)
Cut cotton fabric to the desired size. Trim the edges with pinking shears. This will prevent the edges from fraying.
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Place the beeswax pellets in the tin can. Start off with a cup or so of the beeswax. Put the can in a saucepan with about three inches up the side of the can. Heat the water until the beeswax in the can is melted.
Use the paintbrush to coat a generous layer of wax onto the fabric. The wax will begin to harden again once it starts to cool—don’t panic, this is normal. Only coat one side. Lay the next piece of fabric on top of the first piece and repeat. Continue until all the fabric pieces are covered in wax.
Once the fabric pieces are coated, place in a 225 F oven until the wax is evenly melted and it has thoroughly soaked through the fabrics. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and lift the sheet with tongs. Wave the fabric in the air to allow it to cool enough to touch, then hang it somewhere so that it can set.
Once the beeswax wraps have cooled, they are ready to use. Keep in mind that it will feel very tacky at first, but will mellow out fairly quickly. The end result will have a grip but not be super sticky. After each use, run them under warm water and wash with a mild soap. Hang the wraps to dry before each use.