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Simple beeswax wraps
Making simple beeswax wraps is one of those easy things that too few of us do because it looks as though it might be complicated. And these wraps will transform how you wrap stuff up - as well as being the obvious alternative to cling film on sandwiches and in the fridge they are also perfect for wrapping dry shampoo bars, wet paint brushes and dog treats.
All that they are is straightforward beeswax impregnated squares of cotton - if you have ever had a candle drip onto a table cloth and then tried to iron it you will know the principle. The wax spreads as it melts and gets into the fibres of the cloth. It becomes resistant to water and also will mould into shapes with the heat of your hand
- An oven - heated to about gas mark 4.
- A flat baking tray.
- Greaseproof paper/baking parchment the same size as the baking tray
- Cotton cloth the same size as baking tray (though once you get the hang of the technique you will be able to make bigger pieces)
- Beeswax - either ready pelleted beeswax or grated beeswax
- An old paint brush or spatula.
Put the greaseproof paper onto the baking tray
Put the cloth on top of the greaseproof paper
Sprinkle beeswax onto the cloth as though it were parmesan on a pizza.
Put into the oven for 1 minute - check - if it has melted, take it out of the oven. If it hasn't left check again every 30 seconds.
Use brush to spread any areas where you have too much wax. If there are gaps then add more wax and put back into oven for another minute.
Once you are happy with the coverage leave to cool.
The wrap is now ready to use - the heat of your hand will help it stick to itself when you wrap things.
Beeswax wraps can be gently washed in soap and water and left to air dry.
When the wax begins to crack or you feel that the wrap is becoming less effective simply go back to the beginning, put the wrap back in the oven with some extra wax.
We sell a kit with everything that you need to make the beeswax wraps - along with the bright elastic bands - if you don't want to. buy everything yourself or want to give someone everything as a gift.