Reasons To ♥ Reusable Food Wrap
If you’re like me, there’s probably no love lost between you and plastic. Except, well, plastic cling wrap is just so convenient. I mean, Pyrex glass storage containers are fantastic, but sometimes you already have something in a container that just doesn’t have a lid. Do you really want to transfer it to another dish and have more to wash?
No, no you don’t.
Then again, do you really want to break out the single-use plastic wrap? If not, you can make this ridiculously EASY reusable food wrap. It keeps food fresh and is made with 100% biodegradable materials like beeswax and cotton.
Plus you can make it in to these adorable snack bags!
There’s a tutorial for them at the bottom of this page.
Now, a few notes on reusable food wrap:
- To use, just place over a bowl or container, wrap around food like cheese, or fold into a snack bag. The warmth from your hands will mold the wrap into the desired shape.
- They can be washed with cold water and a mild soap ( I use castile soap)
- Since they cannot be washed with hot water they are not recommended for meat
- Items like cheese, vegetables, fruits, nuts, sandwiches, etc. can be wrapped up. Items that contain a lot of moisture (like jello) should not be placed in snack bags
- Depending on how frequently they’re used they can last for up to a year. After that all you need to so is re-wax them in order to keep using them.
DIY Reusable Food Wrap
- beeswax (where to buy beeswax)
- 100% cotton fabric. Need to be very thin, like a sheet. Organic muslin seems to work best.
- scissors – pinking shears will prevent fraying (where to buy pinking shears)
- paintbrush (can only be used for this purpose)
- cheese grater
- cookie sheet
- tin foil
- thread, needle, string and buttons (optional)
- ruler or tape measure (optional)
- makeshift clothesline – binder clips make fantastic “clothes pins” if you don’t have any on hand
Step 1: Cut fabric into desired dimensions & grate beeswax
I made some 13×16 ones for my casserole dishes, 13×14 for large snack bags, plus a few smaller sizes for around the kitchen: 7×8 and 10×11
Step 2: Preheat oven to 185F
Step 3: Line cookie sheet with tin foil
Step 4: Place fabric on cookie sheet and sprinkle beeswax over the top
A little goes a long way. While you’re getting a feel for how much to use it’s better to add too little than too much – you can always add more!
Step 5: Bake until beeswax is fully melted
This should take between 5-10 minutes
Step 6: Using the paintbrush, spread beeswax evenly over the fabric
The paintbrush will harden when the wax dries – to reuse for more food wrap projects you can warm the bristles by placing it in the oven for a few minutes.
Step 7: Hang sheets on makeshift clothesline to cool
Once they’re cool they’re ready to be used! To clean them wash with cold water and a mild soap ( I use castile soap)
How To Make Reusable Snack Bags
Step 1: Start with a 13×14 inch piece of reusable food wrap
Step 2: Fold into thirds
Step 3: Create flaps at the top and bottom
Step 4: If desired, use pinking shears to trim the main flap into a more decorative shape.
Step 5: Unfold the fabric and the sew buttons on
Step 6: Re-fold and tie string to one of the buttons.
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