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Make Reusable Beeswax Cloths for your Kitchen

Christy
Posted by Christy on May 21, 2018

 

In the seemingly never-ending pursuit of using less waste, keeping a green, less plastic kitchen, I found myself looking for alternatives to wrap my leftover produce, etc. I fell in love with some different beeswax wrap, but it wasn’t a sustainable option for me with the price tag of one or two pieces of wrap for $20.  

After passing some beeswax pellets in the bulk section of Whole Foods, I thought how hard could it be to make it myself?  

Turns out, it’s insanely easy to make these wraps at home!  

Here’s what you’ll need:

Flour sack towels (I got mine in a four pack from Target for about a dollar per towel.)

If you can’t find flour sack towels, use a fabric with an open weave pattern. Muslin fabric would work perfectly. 

Beeswax pellets

Parchment paper 

Sheet tray

Scissors

An oven set to a warming temp (180f - 200f),

or a hair dryer 

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1. On a sheet tray, lay a piece of parchment paper and top with a flour sack towel.

2. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of beeswax on top.

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3. Place another piece of parchment on top of the wax and put the whole sheet tray in your warm oven. Alternatively, you could melt the pellets with a hair dryer.  

4. Beeswax melts quickly, so after a few minutes in the warm oven, you’ll be ready to smear around the wax with a bench scraper so that it’s more evenly coated around the towel.  

5. Hang your beeswax wrap to dry. It doesn’t take very long at all! 

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You can now wrap just about anything using the heat from your hands to seal the wrap. It should last for about 50 uses if the towels are hand washed with cold water.  

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You can make about 15-20 wraps, depending on the size you cut them down to, for the price of what most places charge for one.  

At The Chopping Block, we like to use Sil-Pats in our cooking classes and private events. A Sil-Pat is a silicone mat that you can use then wash and in most cases, can be a replacement for parchment paper. Our pastry chefs swear by this tool!

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I'm also still loving the natural fiber wooden kitchen scrubbies we have because they’re beautiful, effective and compostable! 

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We also have BPA-free plastic storage containers. These are different because Evak's twin valve system automatically forces the air out as you push down the lid, and allows you to easily pull up and remove the lid for access. These are perfect for coffee, tea, cereal, dried fruits, granola, herbs, spices, confections, etc. 

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Stop by our retail stores to see what other products we have available that can help you transform your kitchen into a greener place. 

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Topics: waste, green, leftovers, produce, food waste

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