Beeswax Wraps – Oven Method

Equipment:

  • Beeswax
  • Pinking Shears
  • Brush (old pastry brush or paint brush)
  • Baking Sheet
  • Tinfoil or Baking Paper
  • Grater
  • Cotton (washed)

Sizes and Quotas:

  • 20cm x 20cm will need around 1 tablespoon of wax
  • 28cm x 28cm will need around 1.5 tablespoons of wax
  • 32cm x 32cm will need around 2 tablespoons of waxImage result for beeswax wraps

Method:

  1. Grate Beeswax using an normal old kitchen grater
  2. Using Pinking Shears cut fabric into squares of desired size (Bearing in mind they have to fit on your baking tray!  Using Pinking Shears will help stop the fabric from fraying)
  3. Heat oven to 100°C
  4. Line your baking sheet with paper or foil and place ONE square of fabric on it.
  5. Sprinkle beeswax evenly over fabric
  6. Bake until beeswax has melted. (This happens quite quickly so keep an eye on it)
  7. Immediately remove from oven and use the brush to brush the melted wax evenly over the fabric.  (As the wax sets quickly again, you will been to be quite fast)
  8. Homemade beeswax wrap to replace plastic cling wrap.Allow to dry, either hanging up or by placing on an airing rack

Maintenance:

  • Simply wipe over after use with a cool damp cloth (do NOT use hot water)
  • If the wax begins to wear thin, re-wax the wrap using steps 3-8 in the method.  You should not need to use as much wax for this

Notes:

  • Too little wax on your fabric:  Simply add more wax and reheat
  • Too much wax on your fabric:  Simply use a second piece of fabric to blot up the excess, then after removing the first piece (once the excess wax has been removed) the second piece can be finished by adding a little more wax (if required)
  • Wraps can be molded around the top of bowls etc for storage in the fridge (simply use the heat of your hands)
  • Perfect for sandwiches, cheese, plate/bowl covers however DO NOT store meat using your wraps (as they can not be washed in hot water)
  • Want to get crafty?  Sew your wraps into handy pouches for slipping into kids lunchboxes!  Or make circular wraps and add elastic for bowl covers!