Bees Wax Wraps are so easy to make and are a fun and economical activity to do for all. Our family made them before school went back and it took us about an hour. They are environmentally friendly save you money long term and better yet your body is not being harmed from any toxic chemicals that are in plastic and other products used to keep food in.
The wraps last for a year or longer if looked after properly. They just require to be wiped with damp dish cloth after each use and a more heavier wash once a weak. then hung them up to dry. You can purchase these wraps from health food shops or online but they are expensive.
My children and I went to Lincraft and picked a heavy duty patterned material each so they have individual wraps. the material needs to be a similar type to calico and organic cotton is best but we just stuck to a heavy duty cotton.
Bees wax can be purchased in pellets at local health food shops or if you know someone who has bees they will have heaps of this. Organic coconut oil can be purchased from the supermarket. Jojoba oil can be best sourced from a health food shop or a place that sells essential oils. These products can be purchased online from many different websites.
There are many different recipes for Bees Wax Wraps this was the most cost effective and easiest one that
I found and I had all of the ingredients in my house.
- Heavy duty cotton material
- Bees Wax pellets
- Jojoba Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Brown Paper
- Sandwich press or iron
- Cut material into relevant sizes depending on what you are wrapping, for a sandwich we went 50cms x 30cms.
- I did mine in the sandwich press and you best to place newspaper under sandwich press and around surrounding area.
- Turn press on and place brown paper to cover sandwich press
- Put a layer of beeswax pellets approx. 2 tbs, 1/2 to 1 tsp coconut oil and then a 1/4 tsp of Jojoba oil
- Place 1 layer of material on top of this.
- Place same amount of Bees Wax, coconut oil and jojoba oil on top of material.
- Then cover with brown paper
- Put the lid down and allow to melt over the material.
- Move the material around so all the material is coated adding more quantities of bees wax and coconut oil as required.
- Make sure material is always in contact with brown paper and not the sandwich press or iron if using Remove with tongs and place on chopping board to dry or hang outside.
- Once dry they are ready to use.
Store them in your cupboard folded. I find it best not to put meat directly in contact with the wraps as they will not last as long and too much risk of food poisoning.