Beeswax wraps

Yesterday afternoon, I managed to get out of my jam-maker’s kitchen and work in a room with two irons as well as a pan and a slow cooker which were constantly on. The good news is that we’re not having a heatwave like last summer.

Actually, the real good news is that I came home with a bundle of beeswax wraps, having learned how easy they are to make and saving myself an amount of money by making them at a workshop rather than buying them ready-made.

I’ve never bought or used cling film – I’ve used other means of keeping food in a fridge or carrying it from A to B outside the home. For example, sandwiches go in crisp packets, leftover food in ice cream containers or the pot/plate is covered with another plate. So, in one sense the wraps are now clutter but should it become possible to avoid plastic packaging completely, there may have been a method in my madness in doing yesterday’s workshop.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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9 Responses to Beeswax wraps

  1. I’ve not heard of these wraps; we use ice cream containers in the same way

  2. skyeent says:

    They do look pretty. How do you get on with them?

    • Helen says:

      I’ve used one to cover a bowl and the advantage of the wrap is two-fold in comparison with a plate doing the same job. One is that the wrap can be folded down and sticks to the sides of the bowl, so my custard was in effect in an airtight container. The second is that the plate wasn’t going to slide off as I took the bowl out the fridge and smash on the floor.

      That’s the only time I’ve used a wrap so far but I can see their appeal from the use the other day 😊

      • skyeent says:

        Thank you Helen. I sent some (bought) as christmas presents last year to my sisters. I do use a bit of cling film over bowls at home and for wrapping cabbages and turnips in the shop if I cut them in portions. I think I have some wax somewhere (as you do!) so I may have a go at making myself some wraps for home….

        • Helen says:

          Have you information on how to make them?

          • skyeent says:

            I found an article in a mag a few months ago and put it to one side in my crafty ideas folder! Any tips?

          • Helen says:

            I was told at the beeswax wrap workshop that it was best to cut the fabric with pinking shears – can’t remember what the explanation was but might have been something to do with preventing fraying.

            If you are going to use the ironing method for melting the wax onto your fabric, use an old iron that you can dedicate to making the wraps as you won’t be able to use it for anything else afterwards. I found this method much easier than dipping the fabric in melted wax – all the stuff we did the latter way then ended up in the oven to sort it out. In fact, over all the oven is probably the best method.

            Would be interesting to see what you think when you get round to making your wraps. Have fun!

    • Helen says:

      By the way, thank you. Another advantage, if you like, of the beeswax wraps is that you can customise them to taste. One of mine was made with a fabric whose pattern was too faint to show through the wax. I was a bit disappointed but with the material being translucent it could be useful perhaps because of that.

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