Beeswax is reusable and sustainable alternative to single-use plastic food wrap. It is usually usually made from cotton, food-grade beeswax, resin, coconut oil and jojoba oil. The output of the infusion is mouldable and graspable.
Beeswax wraps are best used to for food preservation because they’re breathable and allow food to stay fresh for longer which reduces food waste. Furthermore, they can be easily washed (in cold water) and air dried. At the end of their use, you can simply compost them.
I wouldn’t recommend using beeswax to wrap raw fish, meat and other wet food products.
Let's take a look at what you need to make your own beeswax wraps.
You will need:
300g pine resin
30 ml jojoba oil
A tin oven tray
Wooden spoon or something else to mix
Fabric (use a fabric made of 100% cotton or linen )
A clothes line/washing line or an object to hang your fabric to air-dry it
For a vegan version you can use Candelilla wax - which is derived from the leaves of Candelilla shrubs or Soy wax.
Using a pair of scissors, cut the fabric into the desired size(s). I chose to make two sizes - medium square: 30x30 cm and a large rectangle: 70x30 cm.
Add the same volume of beeswax and pine resin (the 300g) and a splash of jojoba oil (30g in our case) to the tray. Make sure the amount of beeswax and pine resin always equal.
Place the tray in an oven at a 150 degree Celsius and leave it in there for approximately 10 minutes to melt the wax. You should notice the resin melting slower than the beeswax.
Stir the mixture using the wooden spoon on a countertop or stovetop. Keep mixing until the resin is fully integrated and you no longer have a swirling lines and the mixture has a consistent texture/appearance. This process can take some time so prepare for that. Don’t forget that you’re mixing hot wax, so be careful and don’t burn yourself.
Once your mixture is ready, you can use a tong to soak your fabric in it one-at-a-time for 5 to 10 seconds. Remember that the wax is hot so don’t burn your fingers.
Remove the fabric from the mixture and hold it above the tray for a while to allow it to drip off the excess wax. Now you can hang the fabric for several minutes to air-dry it as the wax solidifies.
That’s it. You naw have a reusable beeswax wrap you can use to cover your food. Enjoy it 😁
If the wax in the tray hardens during your process, you can simply reheat the tray to melt it.
You can wash your new beeswax wrap in cold water - DO NOT use hot water. That will melt the wax.