Bees.jpgBeeswax food wraps have burst onto the scene as a great way to reduce the amount of cling film used in kitchens everywhere, but who knew they were so easy to make! All you really need is a tight weave fabric, something similar to bed sheets and beeswax (both of which we have available in our store - thank you Pim)
...You can also use an oil mixture (which is optional) made up of Jojoba oil which assists with pliability, and lemon/sweet orange oil which have antimicrobial properties. Also available to be delivered with your organic fruit & veges.

Wash, dry and iron your fabric before starting.

What you need:
100% cotton fabric
Beeswax
Jojoba oil
Lemon essential oil
Sweet orange essential oil

Equipment:
Old towel
Baking paper
Scissors
Iron

Method:
1. Cut usable shapes from your cotton fabric with pinking shears. (Pinking shears help stop the fabric fraying, but normal scissors are fine too.)
Common sizes are 20cm x 20cm, 24cm x 25cm, or 30cm x 30cm.
2. Place your old towel over a heat resistant bench top or ironing board to create a base to work on.
3. Cut two sheets of baking paper.
4. Place one sheet of baking paper on top of your towel.
5. Place your cotton piece (or pieces) onto the baking paper.
6. Grate the beeswax into a bowl. You will need enough to sprinkle over your cotton fabric pieces.
7. Pour a teaspoon or two of jojoba oil into a small bowl.
8. Add one drop of lemon essential oil and one drop of orange essential oil to each teaspoon of jojoba oil.
9. Sprinkle the beeswax evenly over your fabric. Be careful not to use too much beeswax as this will make your food wrap too thick to fold and mold. (You can add more later if you need)
10. Sprinkle the jojoba oil evenly over your fabric. This will assist with the pliability of your food wrap.
11. Place the other piece of baking paper over the top of your cotton pieces.
12. Set your iron on the cotton setting.
13. Carefully iron over the surface of the baking paper – smoothing and pressing the beeswax mixture into all areas of the fabric.
14. Remove the top layer of baking paper to check that the beeswax has covered and melted into all of the cotton fabric.
15. If you find any areas that aren’t completely covered, sprinkle a little more beeswax onto these areas.
16. Place your top sheet of baking paper back on top of your cotton fabric pieces and iron again until the beeswax has melted into the fabric.
17. Remove the top sheet of baking paper.
18. Peel your reusable food wraps from the baking paper. The baking paper can be re-used to make multiple reusable food wraps.
19. Peg your pieces of cotton fabric up to cool. It only takes a few minutes before they are ready to use!

How to Use:
Use anywhere you would use cling film to cover and preserve your food.
The warmth of your hands will soften your wraps and allow you to mold and fold them around food and bowls.
You can fold your wraps in half then fold the edges over several times to create storage bags for veges. Simply fold the top over once you’ve put your veges into the bag.
It is not recommended to use the wraps to cover or wrap raw meat or wet foods - like watermelon.

Care and Maintenance:
Once your cover is ready for washing, fill your sink with lukewarm water and a splash of castile soap. Wash gently and allow to dry completely before packing it away.
After six months or so you may need to maintain your wraps by adding a little more beeswax. Simply follow the steps above.

Store flat or rolled for a longer useful life. They can attract dust so if dust is an issue in your house consider storing in a sealed container like a lunch box.

...and if all that sounds too hard we also have Queen B and Blissful Bubbles readymade Beeswax Wraps available for you to purchase!