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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
- 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:
- A good quality 100% cotton fabric. Quilters weight fabric preferred. Prewash to remove sizing. NB: Avoid loose open weaves. A close weave is best.
- 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
- Pinking shears or rotary pinker
- Oven & large oven tray
- Aluminum Foil
- 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.
- 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