Beeswax Food Wraps with Pine Rosin
Beeswax food wraps are a fantastic DIY project that anyone can make for a natural, reusable alternative to plastic wrap. This recipe includes our Pine Rosin Chunks to give the wraps the extra cling, Jojoba Oil for antimicrobial properties, and Beeswax, which we offer in an easy, ready to melt, pastille form! Choose your favorite pattern of thin, 100% cotton fabric, cut it to your desired size(s), and follow the steps below to transform it into a natural, extra-clingy food wrap that can be rinsed, reused, and easily refreshed, after many months of use!
- Double Boiler
- Pouring Pot
- Measuring Cup(s)
- Weighing Scale
- Parchment Paper
- Large Baking Sheet
- Foam Brush or Paper Towel
1. Measure the ingredients into a pouring pot using the following ratio (for one 10"x10" wrap, adjust according to batch size):
- 1tbsp Beeswax (Pastilles or Grated)
- 1tbsp Jojoba Oil
- 1tsp of Pine Rosin Chunks (crushed)
2. Place your pre-washed and dried fabric on top of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
3. Melt the ingredients in a double boiler, gently stirring to mix the ingredients together.
4. Once fully melted, slowly pour the mixture evenly across the fabric, and place another sheet of parchment paper on top.
5. On a low heat setting, iron the parchment paper to spread out the beeswax mixture, ensuring you cover all the edges, and fill any missed spots.
6. After the mixture solidifies, peel off the parchment paper and hang the sheets in a cool, dry environment for ~24 hours, or until the wax mixture fully dries.
7. If your wraps have any wax clumps after drying, melt the wax on the wraps with an iron or in the oven on low heat, and use a foam brush or paper towel to spread the mixture more evenly.
- Melt wax mixture under a range hood or in a well ventilated area.
- Always wear gloves and eye protection when melting and pouring hot wax mixture.
Use the heat of your hands to activate the wrap, then stretch and adhere to the desired container or food item (small wraps are perfect for cut ends of vegetables, small blocks of cheese, etc.). Clean using cool, soapy water, and store in a cool, dry place.
How to Refresh Old Food Wraps:
Although it may take up to a year, your food wraps will eventually lose their cling over time. To refresh them, simply create the same mixture in the steps above, and use an iron to re-apply it. Alternatively you may do this in the oven on low heat for a few minutes and use a foam brush to spread it out evenly.