DIY: Beeswax wraps

DIY: Beeswax wraps

Published by Tanya Jennings-Smith on 30th Dec 2019

These wraps are the bees-knees! Environmentally friendly, and versatile, beeswax wraps are a great addition to any zero waste kitchen. I like to keep one in my handbag for using for leftovers at cafes or when grabbing a package free soap. 

You'll need:

  • 100g Beeswax - Chopped
  • 20g Damar resin - Crushed
  • 3 teaspoons Jojoba oil
  • 6 squares of pre-washed/dried light cotton 30x30cm
  • An old pot
  • Old clean pastry brush (or new cheap one)
  • Tinfoil
  • Mortar and pestle or some way of crushing the resin.

Method:

  • Place beeswax and resin into an old pot,  and melt . over a medium heat stirring occasionally. 
  • Add the jojoba oil and stir well. 
  • Pre-warm your oven to 100 degrees C.
  • Cut your fabric to size (use pinking shears if you have them to reduce fraying).
  • Line your bench with tinfoil and lay your fabric on top.
  • With your pastry brush paint one side of the fabric with the wax mixture (it cools quickly - so you’ll need to work fast).
  • Place the tinfoil and fabric onto a tray and pop in the oven for 5 minutes. 
  • The wax needs to be evenly soaked through to the back- if not, put back into the oven for 3 minutes (add more wax if required).
  • Once the back is evenly coated carefully remove the beeswax wrap from the foil and hang it somewhere for about 3 minutes to set.

Caring for your wraps:

Wash in cool water with a mild soap.Do not put in the washing machine. The coating should last 6-12 months of regular use. If you notice it is starting to lose it’s stick, place in a medium oven on a foil lined tray for 5 - 8 minutes to re-distribute the wax. It will eventually need a proper re-coat of the wax mixture.