Wax Cloth to Wrap Food
|Status:||all wrapped up (ba-dum tss...)|
|Release Date:||late 2018|
|Materials Used:||beeswax, kitchen towels (or straight fabric)|
|Tools Used:||scissors, flatiron (Bügeleisen)|
|Approx. Cost:||12 € (fabric) + 25 € (wax)|
for 30 small (20 × 20 cm) and 17 large (30 × 30 cm) wraps
In order to reduce our use of aluminum foil and cling foil (Frischhaltefolie) even more, my wife and I want to make some beeswax-impregnated wrapping cloth. It should be affordable and easily made so it can be copied by others and given away as a small present.
This will not be an overly detailed write-up as there are enough of those out there already, but perhaps someone would like to see what we found out! And feel free to ask questions, of course :-)
- 500 g beeswax (around 10-15 g per wrap)
- local option HeidelbergHonig: too off-season to buy raw wax (try it in summer!)
- we went for Bio-Honig.com (4.90 €/100 g) then
- you could also buy wax that is already mixed with other ingredients, e.g. from Avocadostore or Wax-Wrap.de
- cotton fabric
- this project is great to upcycle scraps!
- for the nicer gifts, we also bought two 140 × 60 cm pieces from Stoff-Ideen (Plöck)
- strawberries: 125 g/m²
- yellow: 131 g/m²
- thickness didn't seem to make a difference in this comparison
first of all, the beeswax needs to be shredded into workable pieces
some ironing tips we sometimes learned the hard way:
- we nearly ruined two towels - keep in mind that the baking paper still lets some wax through!
- you might feel like quite a lot of wax needs to go into each piece - the fabric should become stiff enough to softly wave through the air without flapping
- ironing at a low setting should be sufficient
- give the wax some time to cool down before removing the baking paper, or you will pull it right back out of the fabric
- it should be enough to put wax flakes on one side of the fabric, but do iron it from both sides!
Here's what we researched before starting to make our wax wrap - maybe someone else will find it interesting!
- wax wrap
- "Beeswax Wrap - Reusable Substitution for Plastic Wrap" on Instructables
- Zerowastefamilie.de - add oil for flexibility?
- Wax Wrap "workshops" page - very few details
- Johanna Rundel - hairdryer for final touch, 20 % oil!
- Bee's Wrap (high shipping cost to Germany)
- Wildwax Tuch (still pretty expensive...but sold in some Heidelberg stores)
- Wax Wrap - also add resin, sell "DIY wax blocks"