A how-to-guide for beeswax food wraps
Beeswax food wraps are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic cling film (glad wrap) and are great for storing food. They are easy to make with only 3 ingredients! They can be used for up to a year, and the fabric can be “refreshed’ with more beeswax mixture when needed.
Always choose 100% cotton for the wraps. Recycle old sheets, pillowcases or if you want new fabric, go to a fabric shop like spotlight, they have an amazing range of printed cotton there. The standard size for a beeswax wrap is 30 x 30cm, so 1 meter of fabric should get you approx. 9 wraps. You could try making circles too - great to go over bowls!
Beeswax is naturally antibacterial and does not go rancid so is the perfect choice to make a food wrap with, plus it smells amazing! We recommend using our 100% Natural Yellow or White Beeswax Pastilles. We do also have NZ Beeswax which is a little bit more expensive but smells delicious, we usually keep this for our skincare recipes. Just a note - we have tried to make wraps with vegan waxes, and we have not had any luck yet, we will let you know when we do! Find all of our beeswax here.
Jojoba is a liquid wax made up of esters of saturated and mono-unsaturated, fatty acid and fatty alcohols. This fascinating chemistry gives Jojoba excellent stability and versatility. The reason we have Jojoba oil in the mixture is to make the wraps pliable, you will find if you just use beeswax by itself your wraps will crack. Do not use Almond or Coconut oil to replace the jojoba as they oxidise too quickly. You can find our Jojoba oils here.
Pine Rosin is a solid form of resin obtained from pines and other conifers. It is produced by heating fresh liquid resin in order to remove the volatile liquid terpene components. Pine Rosin is semi-transparent and varies in colour. At room temperature it is brittle, but it easily melts at stove-top temperature. The reason we add this to our beeswax wrap mixture is to make the wrap sticky like cling film. Find our Pine Rosin here.