Well time is getting away from me as usual. I have twice as many things to get done as just what is being read. While I have five minutes I am going to put up a little informational blurb here about how I make my beeswax wraps. I had a previous 1000-3000 word blog ready to go but accidentally deleted it so this one will be a lot shorter.
First step if you're wishing to make your own beeswax wraps is to clearly understand that whatever you use can not be used for anything else ever again. Beeswax is wax that sticks. I've also read on other blogs that you should NEVER try and wash your saucepan out in your sink as the wax will clog your drain. Sounds like sage advice to me so I'm putting it here as well.
As pictured above you will need kitchen scales, beeswax, a grater to grate the beeswax, a bowl for the grated beeswax, a saucepan, a wooden chopstick for stirring the beeswax as it melts in the saucepan, a mortar and pestle for crushing the dammar gum resin which I add to give the beeswax wraps a bit more stickiness and some jojoba oil. Jojoba oil can be found in most shampoos and conditioners and not only stops beeswax wraps from going rancid but helps with them lasting longer. Also measuring spoons are needed to measure out the jojoba oil. If you got this far and would rather purchase them you can right here.
To make the beeswax wraps you will need 100% cotton fabric. Quilting cotton fabric is good and I have used gingham successfully before. Use pinking shears to cut 12 inch x 12 inch squares of fabric. Using pinking shears will stop fabric fraying.
Ok so I forgot to mention you need a paintbrush to paint the wax onto the fabric.
Once you have your fabric cut and placed on a tray lined with alfoil and another piece of alfoil the same size as the tray for covering the fabric your ready to concentrate on the beeswax. In my above picture is a one kilo block of beeswax that I sourced locally. You will need 100g of grated beeswax to make the beeswax wraps so your going to grate up that amount. Watching tv helps as a rest break in between. Beeswax looks like a block of cheese but it sure does not grate as easily. If your grater gets jammed with beeswax put it on the tray with alfoil into the oven and melt it off.
Once you have measured out 100g of beeswax, crushed 20g of dammar resin in your mortar and pestle or purchased powdered dammar resin here so you don't have to crush it you can combine them with three teaspoons of jojoba oil in a small saucepan. Jojoba oil I source locally from plant essentials. Click here to get to their page.
Low and slow is the key to melting your beeswax in your saucepan. Make sure you use the double boiler method of having water boiling in a pot underneath your saucepan. I have the stovetop burner knob at about halfway mark on my electric stove.
Slow and steady and watching it with fascination as you stir it with a wooden chopstick and it slowly melts is the best way for great results. It always reminds me of grated cheese when I look at the above picture. Once it's melted it will only look like oil. Be careful when handling as it will be hot. Take the saucepan with the melted wax off the stove and work quickly but carefully dipping your paintbrush into the beeswax and then painting in a long sweeping motion onto your prepared piece of fabric. Sometimes the wax hardens in spots before your done painting your fabric with wax. Once the fabric has been in the oven at 65c for five minutes the wax should have remelted which will make the fabric look wet through and there will be none of those wax hardened spots. If there is still some unmelted wax on your fabric put it back into the oven for another 3 minutes.
Use tongs to take the fabric off the tray and swish the whole piece of fabric underneath your fan as if your waving hello excitedly to a friend arriving for about one minute. The result should be a fabric square that now when you fold it, it no longer feels just like a piece of fabric. It should have some pliability to it and you should be able to bend and shape it with your hands around what you want to cover. When I first made them it took me a while to get use to them. I'm still in awe how they can be so easily wrapped around items instead of cling wrap. If used properly they should last for up to six to twelve months. After this time they can be put in your compost to decompose.
Care Instructions: Never put them in your washing machine. A quick rinse under cold water is all they need. The water will turn into droplets and bead off the fabric as the wax acts as a barrier and doesn't let it in. Don't wrap raw or cooked meat in beeswax wraps. I take no responsibility for misuse of any of my products.
Think of beeswax wraps as your eco friendly choice wrap that you use like cling wrap but instead of cling wrap. No-one hopefully would of used cling wrap to cover anything hot like a casserole dish out of the oven and the same applies to beeswax wraps. Never use to cover hot bowls, plates, dishes. Once cooled in your fridge and you can handle these items with your own hands then apply the beeswax wrap. I would love to see your beeswax wraps in action. Please email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org and i will repost them on my facebook page. Or post them straight to my facebook page if your wish!