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Bees Wax Wraps & a Sandwich Bag

An eco alternative to plastic cling film
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
sewing the sides10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Household
Keyword: beeswax, plastic free
Servings: 2 wraps and a bag
Author: Thrifty Lesley
Cost: up to 10p, plus fabric

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 10 g beeswax from a 300g pack
  • 3 pieces fabric scraps, close woven cotton from your stash, or beautiful fat quarters
  • 1 piece fabric scrap for a sandwich bag
  • 2 pieces greaseproof paper larger than your largest wrap

Instructions

For flat beeswax wraps

  • First decide on the size of wrap you would like. Most purchased packs of beeswax wraps come in a pack of three to include a small (7 x 8 inches), medium (10 x 11 inches) and large (12 x 14 inches). Sizes differ, but they are usually this kind of size, so perhaps start there. Purchased packs cost around £10-£15 for 3 squares, so this is massively cheaper
  • Cut your fabric to size. Trim off any fraying bits. It doesn't matter at all if they are uneven or wobbly. The wax stops the fabric fraying, so you could trim off any loose threads later if you like
    cutting out beeswax wrap fabric
  • In these ones, the red check one is 14½"/37cm square.
    red check beeswax wrap
  • The blue spotted one is 10½"/27cm
    beeswax wraps
  • Put the fabric on a baking tray and sprinkle with a very small amount of wax granules, a quarter tsp per sheet. Don't be tempted to use more or your wax wrap will be too thick
  • Place in a warm oven for 5 minutes
  • You'll probably need to roll the fabric and rewarm it a couple of times to make sure all the fabric is waxed. I found pegs very handy for this stage. Also at this stage, you can evaluate if you need more wax or not
    wax food wrap
  • To use your wax wraps, wrap the item, bowl etc and warm by wrapping your hands around it. The warmth from your hands will melt the wax enough to re-shape it sufficiently to wrap your item
    beeswax wrap on a bowl

Alternative Method

  • Another way of doing this is to place your fabric on a sheet of greaseproof paper on an ironing board, sprinkle on the wax, cover with another sheet of greaseproof paper and press with a hot iron
    blue spotted beeswax wrap
  • You'll need to repeat the ironing a few times, folding the fabric so the wax can penetrate all parts of the fabric. Make sure you keep the sides of the greaseproof paper with wax on it facing inwards, or the wax will melt onto the soleplate of the iron

To Make A Beeswax Sandwich Bag

  • Cut your fabric to an rectangle, with measurements of 22" x 8", 55cm x 20cm
    beeswax sandwich bag
  • Fold your fabric so that 8" / 20cm of the short edge side is laid on top of the remaining fabric. This should give you a double layered piece a little larger than the size of a whole slice of bread. The remaining single layer of fabric is for a flap
    beeswax bag
  • Sprinkle on 1 tsp of wax granules. Don't be tempted to use more, or your finished bag will be very thick. Now wax your fabric as above
    beeswax wrap
  • As soon as your waxed sandwich bag comes out of the oven, make sure it's waxed all over, on both sides. You will probably have to squish it together, roll it up, or secure with pegs, then reheat, to make sure that all the fabric is waxed
    wax food wrap
  • Your bag is ready to use as soon as it's cold. Place your sandwich inside the bag and tuck in the flap. Not just for sandwiches of course
    bees wrap
  • After use, do not wash your wax wraps in hot water, brush them out and rinse in cold water. With care, they should last 6-12 months. If they look like they need it, gently re-warm in the oven.
    beeswax food wrap
  • Wax wraps should last about a year. Once worn, it might just need a little warm in the oven, or you can add a tiny bit more wax and re-warm. Too much makes them too thick, so be sparing
    beeswax food wraps

Nutrition

Calories: 0kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg