As the movement for lessening our plastic consumption increases, so do the plastic alternatives! Perhaps one of the first types of plastic people should try to minimize their use of, is plastic film.
Plastic film (like saran wrap) is generally not accepted at recycling facilities and has to be sent to the landfill.
Saran wrap has long been a popular way to help protect and store food in the refrigerator, but it is time that we swap out this product for a more environmentally-friendly choice – beeswax wrap!
I recently went to a beeswax-making workshop at my local co-op and it was so easy and fun!
So far I have made two beeswax wraps, but I definitely need many, many more! I’m hoping to use the below recipe again because the ones I did make turned out so well – even with using my little toaster oven!
How To Make Beeswax Wrap
The first thing you will need is a piece of thin material. You can use an old sheet, pillowcase, or buy some material from a craft store.
Just try to avoid using thick material like hand towels. They aren’t as pliable and won’t work as well. You also might want to use a darker-colored material. I used an old white pillowcase and it turned yellow (obviously) after melting the beeswax on it.
Not a big deal, but if you want them to look a lil’ prettier, then opt for a dark colored cloth!
Once you have cut off your desired piece of material, you will sprinkle a thin layer of beeswax onto it.
You can either buy beeswax in a block and grate it yourself, or buy it in pellet-form. Just make sure to cover your cloth completely.
- piece of thin cloth
- 1-2 oz. beeswax pellets
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil (can also use jojoba oil)
- 1/2 tsp pine resin (optional)
Although the pine resin isn’t necessary, it does add an extra tackiness to the finished product that helps it stick.
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Cut off your desired size of cloth and place on a baking sheet with foil or wax paper
- Sprinkle on a thin layer of beeswax and a few drops of melted coconut oil, and pine resin
- Place your cloth in the oven and bake for 4 minutes
- Once out of the oven, spread the melted beeswax on the cloth with a spoon or spatula until completely covering the cloth
Your cloth will dry in less than a minute once out of the oven. You can then fold your cloth and store it in a dry place, such as a cupboard or drawer.
Beeswax Wrap Uses
You can use your beeswax wrap to cover bowls and plates and to wrap food such as avocados, lemons, and more!
If they get a little dirty, you can simply rinse them off with a bit of water and then store them in a dry place (such as your cupboard) before their next use.
These wraps will last a very long time. The lady at the workshop told us that she has used hers over a dozen times already and they still work the same as they did the first time!
Has anyone else used beeswax wrap? I know that Trader Joe’s sells some, but I’ve heard they don’t work as well. And honestly, making them from scratch is just so much cheaper and fun, anyway!