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Purge the Plastic

10 Jun 2019

Most of us can agree that there are always ways that we can do a little more to help our environment. The build up of single-use plastic in our oceans and landfil is saddening. So, to help you take a positive step, why not have a go at making these plastic free food wraps!

They’re a great option because: They support the honeybees. Beeswax doesn’t go rancid – it’s entirely safe, so long as you’re not allergic, and it is even anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, along with tree resin and jojoba, and helps keep your food safe from fungal growth and contamination. They’re fairly inexpensive and will save money in the long run – especially if you are able to upkeep them. You can cut them to your preferential size.

Remember though... They can’t be used to wrap meat because they can’t be cleaned with high heat. Please don’t risk it.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

beeswax chips powdered pine rosin – adds pliability and tackiness, making it easier to adhere with less heat. drizzles & splashes of jojoba oil – makes it softer and more pliable. 100% cotton fabric scraps, fat quarters, etc an iron parchment paper

WHAT TO DO

Wash, dry, and cut your fabric to any and all sizes you feel you’ll benefit from.

Add 2 parts beeswax to 1 part rosin (or less) and a few drops of jojoba oil into a saucepan and melt over a low heat. The jojoba isn’t necessary but it will help to make the wrap a bit softer.

Place your fabric onto a large piece of parchment paper and brush with your beeswax mixture, make sure that it soaks completely through the fabric but brush out excess.

Being very careful not to burn yourself on the hot wax, peel the fabric off the parchment paper and hold or pin up until set – it’ll set within seconds!

To maintain your wraps...

Spot wash dirty areas with a lightly soaped, barely warm kitchen cloth. Also, don’t scrub too hard.

When it’s obvious your wrap needs some wax re-distribution, pop it into a 200 degree oven on parchment paper for 2 minutes. They’ll come back out lovely and smooth.

Tip: In the case of sticky sandwich fillings and other messy foods, it may be worthwhile to wrap them first in a piece of parchment paper over the sandwich edges to prevent the sandwich goo from completely soiling the wrap.

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