More Christmas presents. This time some safe, re-usable food wrap. I’m going to be making some round versions to cover food in glass bowls in the fridge and I’m also going to be making some food wrap that can be used to wrap sandwiches.
WARNING: if you are making these during the summer, close your windows and doors prior to melting any beeswax. Bees are attracted to the smell of beeswax (ask me how I know)!!! I should have thought about it a bit more as I have looked into keeping bees and have several books on the subject and the thought of getting a free swarm of bees by putting beeswax around the ‘door’ on the beehive has always appealed to me. A memo to self: think things through. (Fortunately my hubbie came home for lunch at just the right time to save me. I know, a bit pathetic and girlie, but there were far more of them than me and maybe bee keeping wouldn’t be the best thing for me, after all.)
So back to the task in hand. This food wrap is made from safe, natural products. They can be hand washed in cold water. All you need to make food wrap is some cotton fabric, some pinking shears, a baking sheet, some grease-proof paper and some beeswax. I bought my beeswax in a pellet form but if you can only find a block of it, you’ll need to grate it. You’ll also need access to either an iron or an oven.
So, for the bowl covers you first need a template. Turn your bowl/ dish that you need a lid for upside down on some paper and draw around it. Then draw around the whole shape again but at least five centimetres further out. Cut this template out and pin it (or use weights) to some nice cotton fabric and cut the shape out with pinking shears. As you can probably tell, I didn’t use a template and had my usual problems with inaccurate measuring and cutting.
Place some grease-proof paper onto a baking sheet and put your fabric on it. Sprinkle beeswax sparingly onto the fabric. Then either put another sheet of grease-proof paper on top and iron it or put the baking sheet in the oven at about 110°c for ten minutes or until the beeswax has melted. If you have any patches without beeswax, just repeat until the fabric is covered.
Once cooled the fabric is pliable but stays put when folded over the top of your container.
The sandwich wraps are made in exactly the same way except that you need to be able to wrap them around a sandwich instead of making them bowl shaped. I experimented using a piece of paper (and a sandwich) to make sure my fabric would fit around my sandwich leaving no gaps. Amazingly these do not seem to open when you don’t want them to, but to make sure you could put a button and loop on them.
I am secretly very pleased with how these turned out and will be making more for myself and my family.