Aluminum foil and cling film are clearly out of fashion! To wrap a sandwich or cover leftover pasta, today we prefer beeswax food packaging. Convenient and reusable many times, it also contributes to waste reduction. Did you know that it is very easy to make it yourself? Follow the guide.
Step by step instructions
Using a pair of classic or notched scissors, cut the fabric, which you will have washed beforehand, to the desired size, then place it on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
Sprinkle the fabric with beeswax pellets.
Cover everything with a second sheet of baking paper. Iron for 1 to 2 minutes on low heat until the wax is melted, allowing it to penetrate all the fibers of the fabric. If some parts of the fabric are still “virgin”, sprinkle again with beeswax and repeat the operation. Remove the parchment paper and let the fabric cool in the open air, making sure to spread it out without wrinkling on a clean surface.
Can be used according to your desires and your needs to cover the salad bowls or wrap the food that you want to put in the fridge. Malleable, give it the desired shape with the warmth of your hands. Beeswax food wrappers are also great for wrapping sandwiches. However, it is not recommended to use them to preserve meat, fish, or any other food with a strong taste. To clean it, just rub the packaging with cold, soapy water. To give your packaging a little youthful touch, place it between two sheets of baking paper and iron it with an iron. Re-moisten beeswax if necessary.
How to make a bees wrap
The moral of all this: do not hesitate to discuss with the producers, or even to supply yourself directly to them to know the ethics of the products you use.
Baking paper: Also called parchment paper. It is now available in a compostable version.
Its role is to protect your equipment so that it does not end up full of wax. It is not very “zero waste” but they said paper can be kept for later use. Do not throw it away systematically. For the oven method, do not use it. The wax residue at the bottom of your plate doesn’t bother, but everyone has their own taste. The beeswax wraps come perfect.
Preparation of bees wrap in the oven:
- Turn on your oven at low temperature (above 65 degrees anyway)
- Place baking paper on your baking sheet.
- Lay the fabric out flat, it must be smaller than the baking paper
- Sprinkle with wax shavings
- Bake and check the spread of the wax
- If a little is missing in places, add more.
- Take out of the oven without burning yourself and let cool (on a wire, with clothespins …)
- Iron technique
- Set up your ironing board or on a table with a terry towel …
- Turn on the iron
- Install a first sheet of baking paper
- Spread your fabric well
- Sprinkle with wax
- Put 2 e baking paper, it will protect the sole of your iron
- Then apply the iron to melt the wax, spreading from the middle to the edges.
- Watch out for wax leaking out of baking paper
- Then remove the baking paper and as for the oven method, let cool for a few minutes
You will find the oven technique quite simple. Its small disadvantage may be that the wax may not be distributed evenly and that you will put more. The bees wrap will then be thicker.