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In an effort to use less plastic in my household, I began using beeswax wraps. So far, my family loves them. However, since I use beeswax for candle and product making, I wanted to try and make the wraps myself. Beeswax wraps are a great way to reduce plastic use and garbage. Made properly, they can be used for up to a year. After each use, wash the wraps and let them air dry. Some companies even send a beeswax bar to rub over the wraps when they start to wear after 5-6 months. I use them to cover food and jars of leftovers that I place in the refrigerator. What's even better is that you can buy them in cute patterns (if you're into that thing). With the recipe below, each wrap costs anywhere from 30-50 cents. They cost even less if you use them properly and they last up to a year. Great buy! If you don't want to buy wraps all of the time, try this recipe to make them every now and then.
- Cotton cloth quarters (cut them in various sizes)
- Yellow or white beeswax pellets (1 cup)
- Pine resin (about 5-6 ounces)
- Jojoba Oil (1-2 tblsp)
- Parchment paper
- Cookie sheet
- Double boiler (can be made with a glass bowl over a pot filled halfway with waters)
- In a double boiler, melt the beeswax, jojoba oil, and pine resin.
- Place parchment paper onto a cookie sheet. Then preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
- While the mixture is melting, lay out the cloth quarters onto the baking sheet (about 3 at a time, depending on the sizes).
- Once the mixture is melted, brush it on the cloth quarters, evenly.
- Bake in the oven for 3 minutes.
- Take out of the oven and turn the cloth quarters over. Brush the other side with the beeswax mixture, evenly,
- Place the cookie sheet back into the oven and bake for 3 minutes.
- Take the cookie sheet out. With tongs or your fingers, pick up each beeswax sheet and air dry (swing back and forth).
The sheet cool quickly and can be used immediately. They may not turn out pretty (mine didn't), but they sure to work.