Beeswax wraps! Have you heard of them? Chances are you have… they’re taking the world by storm as sustainable initiatives take off and public awareness of our waste problem is becoming more widespread.
More and more, people are more interested and open to more sustainable alternatives. This includes in the kitchen and around or food systems.
These handy, reusable wraps can replace plastic wrap from just about anything! My favorite uses are : to wrap cheese, to seals bowls or jars, to wrap sandwiches and produce.
There are a plethora of beeswax wraps that you can purchase online that vary in quality and cost. But you can also make them easily (and cheaply!) at home!
The beeswax wraps that you can find online are often not just beeswax and cloth. If you make a wrap with only beeswax, it ends up being very stiff and does not adhere to itself or other surfaces well. (Trust me, I’ve tried.)
I’ve done quite a bit of experimenting with various combinations of ingredients and have landed one that I’m very happy with! It is malleable but not too sticky.
I hope they work well for you!
100% cotton fabric (organic is best if you have it)
3 tbsp of beeswax- of course, purchasing from a local beekeeper is best! But if you can’t find one in your area, this is a great source: Mountain Rose Herb.
1 tbsp beef tallow (I used Epic brand)
double boiler- or a make-shift one like I used (pictured below)
metal or wooden spoon
Wash and dry fabric
Cut fabric into desired shapes and sizes. I cut mine into 8” x 8” squares. The mixture above is enough for one 8 x 8 square piece. Double or triple recipe if needed.
Prepare double boiler - filling with water and bringing to a simmer.
Measure lard and beeswax and place them together in the double boiler.
Allow them to melt together until there are no more clumps or lumps.
Once the mixture has melted down, remove from heat. Add the cloth to the pan, and using a spoon, work it around until it is completely covered in beeswax. (Be careful! It’s hot!) Remove cloth with tongs and spread out on parchment paper. Allow it to cool.
Maintenance: These will last you at least a few months! To clean, simply rinse gently with cool water and mild soap.