Homemade Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps
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Instead of a store-bought plastic wrap, make this beeswax food wraps to save your food more sustainably! With just a few ingredients use this inexpensive trick to preserve freshness and make foods last longer.
Do-It-Yourself Beeswax Wraps
- 100% organic cotton fabric*
- 0.35 oz. sustainably sourced pine resin
- 1.25 oz. grated or pellet beeswax
- 1 Tbs. organic jojoba oil
- Compostable stirrer, such as a Popsicle stick
- Parchment paper
- New paintbrush
- Wash, dry and cut fabric into the sizes desired.
- Place the beeswax, pine resin and jojoba oil in a glass measuring cup or double boiler and set aside.
- Add water to the glass cup or double boiler so that mixture is below the waterline. Turn on heat, setting burner to medium-high.
- Meanwhile, turn the oven on to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Allow contents of the pan to melt together, cooking for about 20 to 25 minutes.
- Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper. It should be larger than the largest piece of fabric.
- Brush mixture with the paintbrush onto fabric shapes. It may become solid while doing this. Go lightly because more wax can always be added later.
- Put the cookie sheet in the oven for two minutes. Fabric will appear wet.
- Remove from oven and look for dry spots; brush them with the mixture and place back in the oven for a few minutes.
- If any areas are too saturated, press extra-clean fabric into them to begin the waxing of the next batch. Peel the original wraps from the new fabric and hang up to dry. Drying will only take a few minutes. Repeat until all of the mixture is used up, yielding a good supply of wraps.
*Thin organic cotton will work the best for these unique and sustainable homemade wraps.