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BEES WAX WRAPS - FREE RECIPE

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HOW TO MAKE BEESWAX WRAPS

A safe, pthalate-free, non-toxic, eco friendly, reusable alternative to plastic wrap for you, your family and the environment.

  • Perfect for wrapping fruit and veggies for school lunches
  • Use for covering bowls, platters and dishes, jams, etc.
  • May be cut to size
  • Mould to shape using warmth & pressure from hands
  • Moisture resistant
  • Natural anti-bacterial properties
  • Wash in luke warm water & dishwashing soap, rinse & air dry
  • May be freshened by placing on a towel between 2 sheets of baking paper and ironing.
  • With care, lasts for up to a year
  • Compostable/biodegradable

 NB:

  • Not suitable for storing meat.
  • Allow food to cool before wrapping
  • Crease marks appear after use
  • Do not freeze 
  • Do not place in oven, microwave or hot water
  • Don't use if you have an allergy to bees or bee products

     

    YOU WILL NEED:

    1. A good quality 100% cotton fabric. Quilters weight fabric preferred. Prewash to remove sizing. NB: Avoid loose open weaves. A close weave is best.
    2. Bees wax: You can use bees wax alone (my preference), or use the following recipe:
    • 1 Cup of 100% natural beeswax either chunks, pastilles or a block. (You will need an old cheese grater to grate from a block). NB: Do not use cosmetic wax from China. Who knows what that wax really is. The wax you use should be ‘food grade’.
    • 2 tablespoons of JoJoba Oil
    • ¼ Cup of Tree Resin
    1. Pinking shears or rotary pinker
    2. Oven & large oven tray
    3. Aluminum Foil

     

    METHOD:

     

    • Set oven to 120 degrees celcius (49 farenheit).
    • Line your largest baking tray with aluminum foil.
    • If using beeswax, jojoba, resin mix, place ingredients into a mason jar and melt on stove using the double boiling method, stir well until resin dissolves.
    • If using beeswax alone, use pellets or grated wax from a block.
    • Cut fabric to preferred size and no larger than the baking tray. Pink edges to discourage fraying.
    • Lay one piece of fabric into the lined oven tray, and if using plain beeswax sprinkle the wax lightly and evenly over the fabric.
    • Place tray into the pre-heated oven for about 20 seconds or until the wax has been absorbed by the fabric. If you see areas that haven’t absorbed wax, sprinkle a little more of the wax in that area. If using the wax/jojoba/tree resin mix, drizzle the mixture lightly over the fabric using an old teaspoon.
    • Using two pairs of tongs to avoid being burnt, lift fabric by corners from tray and hold up for a few seconds to allow wax to cool and set. Alternatively, place wax soaked fabroc on some aluminum foil on table or bench to cool.

     

    ALTERNATIVE METHOD:

     

    • Place an old towel on ironing board
    • Place large sheet of baking paper on top of towel
    • Lay fabric on top of baking paper and sprinkle with wax or wax mixture
    • Place another large sheet of baking paper on top of the fabric (so fabric is sandwiched between 2 sheets of baking paper
    • Iron the baking paper so the wax melts into the fabric. The towel should soak up any spilled wax.
    • Remove waxed fabric from between layers and allow to cool.

     

    CARE OF YOUR WRAPS:

     

    • Wash in luke warm water & dishwashing soap, rinse.
    • May be wiped dry or hung in the shade to air dry.
    • Wrinkles are normal after some use and the wraps may be freshened by placing on a towel between 2 sheets of baking paper and ironed.
    • With care, the wraps last for up to a year
    • Some staining is normal
    • Do not freeze
    • Do not put in dishwasher, oven or microwave
    • Allow food to cool before use
    • Never put in washing machine or dryer