Reasons To ♥ Reusable Food Wrap
If you’re like me, there’s probably no love lost between you and plastic. But sometimes it’s just so convenient, right?
Sure, Pyrex glass storage containers are fantastic, but if you already have something in a container that doesn’t have a lid do you really want to transfer it to another dish? That’s one more dish to wash, so probably not.
If you’d rather not break out the single use wrap, either, you can make this ridiculously EASY reusable version. It keeps food fresh and is made with 100% biodegradable materials like beeswax and cotton.
Plus you can make it into 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.