DIY Reusable Food Wrap August 31, 2016 14:38

DIY Food Wrap


Who doesn’t know the problem: you have a million containers at home, but not the right lid! Using plastic wrap is not an option because it results in mountains of garbage.

If you are like me and try to bring lunch to work every day you should consider making your own reusable food wrap for the daily sandwich. The days of disappearing containers and single use options will be no longer.

All the tools you need to make your own wax food storage wraps!

I have been very happy with the few Abeego wraps that I own. However, I'm a sewer, so I also usually have leftover fabric bits waiting to be upcycled. I thought I’d give it a try and make my own reusable food wrap.


Here’s what you need to get started:

  • Beeswax
  • Pine Rosin
  • JoJoba Oil
  • Fabric (100% cotton, thicker & sturdy fabrics work better )

You can buy all the ingredients (except for fabric) in bulk at Homestead Junction.

Have the following tools ready:

  • Grater
  • Brush
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Clothes Line

Be mindful that it will be hard to clean the tools you’ve used after this venture. The ingredients are meant to stick to the end product so they will do the same to your grater and brush. Some people recommend using them for this purpose only but I find that a bit wasteful - I just give them an extra scrub after.


To get started grate your beeswax and mix it with the pine rosin and Jojoba oil.

Mixing all the ingredients you need for homemade wax food wraps

 

Place the fabric on the parchment paper on the cookie sheet and drizzle the mixture evenly on the fabric.

The process of making homemade food wraps


Next, place the cookie sheet in your oven and set it to 225° Fahrenheit and wait for a few minutes.

Cooking up a homemade food wrap

Today was one of those days where I thought the sky was the limit. Turns out I was wrong and the size of your oven is the limit. So make sure to check if your fabric will actually fit in your oven before starting the whole project.


As soon as the mixture is melted, pull the sheet out of the oven and use the brush to evenly spread the liquid. Push the fabric back in and repeat a couple times.

Homemade food wraps

After you feel that everything is melted and evenly distributed, pull the fabric out and immediately take it out of the parchment paper. If you allow it to cool, it will stick to the paper - so you'll lose some of the sticky stuff and your wrap won’t look pretty. Consider using tongs as the thing gets quite hot.


As a last step you’ll need to hang the fabric to allow it to cool off and the liquids to solidify again.

Hanging the homemade food wrap to dry

When using your food wrap, use the warmth of your hands to ‘model’ the wrap into the shape you want it. Meaning that if you just wrap your food with it, it will likely unravel again right away. However, if you hold it in place for a few seconds when folding corners or edges, it will stay tucked in neatly.

Wrapping up bread in homemade food wrap

In case you have used too much of the wax-rosin-oil mixture, you can place your fabric on some paper or cardboard and cover it with some more paper. Then use your iron (no steam though!) to heat the fabric up again and get some of the liquids out.

 

 

 

 

By Reni Diggelmann