Green Living - Beeswax Cotton Wraps

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Beeswax Cotton Wraps

What you need:

1 stick of beeswax

100% cotton fabric cut to a variety of sizes

baking tray

greaseproof paper

paintbrush

grater

One of the easiest ways to help reduce using plastics at home is to dump the clingfilm. We don't use a lot of it at home, but we are guilty of buying sandwich bags for packed lunches and it's something I want to stop.   I've been looking to buy some beeswax wraps as they are perfect for wrapping leftovers and sandwiches,  then I discovered they are really simple to make yourself,  so I decided to give it a go. It's a little tricky to judge how much wax to use at first, but if you don't put enough on, you can simply grate some more beeswax and melt it again. I've already wrapped slices of cold frittata in them and they are keeping nicely. They are ideal for kids lunchboxes and a great way to educate them on reusing things rather than throwing them out. The Moody Teen will be having these ones for his packed lunch box. Unlike shop bought wraps, these won't stick or cling - you have to wrap and fold over. The types you buy in packs have been treated with tree resin and jojoba oil which gives them more of a cling film feel. 

To make,  all you need is some cotton fabric (pillowcases or sheets are perfect but I didn't have any of those spare as I've recently donated them to charity) so I bought a couple of pieces of fabric from Merchant and Mills.  You also need a piece of beeswax (mine came from Heima in York, my favourite hardware store) or soy wax if you are vegan.  And finally, you need a grater. It's best to buy one specifically for this purpose as once you grate the wax there is no way you will want to use it ever again for culinary purposes! I bought a cheap handheld one at the supermarket. Once you have made the wraps, you can use them straight away, but make sure to  wash them in cold water rather than hot, and you can also use a little liquid castille soap.  They will last for three to four months depending on usage. One piece of beeswax made three small wraps. 

How to - 

Cut your cotton fabric into various sizes - small ones for sandwiches, larger ones for baked goods etc

Cut a piece of greaseproof paper and line a baking tray. 

Preheat the oven to 140 degrees C. 

Put the fabric on top of the greaseproof paper. 

Grate the beeswax onto the fabric. 

Place in the oven for three to four minutes until the wax just melts. 

Remove from the oven and using the paintbrush, spread the wax evenly over the fabric. 

If there are any gaps, grate a little more beeswax and repeat the steps above. 

Hang on the clothes line to dry.

Once it has cooled, it is ready to use.