Make your own wax bowl covers!
Keep produce fresher for longer with your very own homemade natural wax wraps. Use them to cover bowls, plates, or whole foods like vegetables, herbs, cheese and cut avocados.
What you'll need
GEAR // Iron, grater, wax paper
INGREDIENTS // Fabric and 1 wax blend block (alternatively see below for a method to make your own wax blend)
One wax block will make four to six A4 sized wraps.
- Grate the wax, preferably with a spare pre-loved grater as it can be hard to clean.
- Cut your fabric into rounds, squares or any weird and wonderful shape that works for you and your food. Choose a lightweight natural fabric like quilting cotton or lightweight linen and wash/dry before using. Note that bright fabric colours may bleed.
- Lay your fabric on a piece of wax paper. Evenly spread a small amount of grated wax around the fabric. Put more wax paper on top and use an iron on a low setting to melt the wax until the fabric is evenly soaked in melted wax. Add more wax to any remaining dry patches.
- Once you're happy with the wax coverage, remove the wax wrap from the baking paper super quickly to prevent it from cooling and sticking to the paper. Once off the paper, you can hang it on a line to cool or hold it and and lightly shake it like a polaroid picture to cool, then leave for a while on a flat surface to further set.
Want to make your own wax blend?
If you have the extra time you can make your own wax blend by melting 1 tbsp jojoba oil, 40g beeswax and 10g tree gum resin in a double boiler over medium to high heat. Move to a preheated oven to meld ingredients together for 25 minutes at 150°C.
How to store, clean and care for your wraps
STORE // Suitable for small spaces, you can simply fold and store wraps in a draw
after drying them on a rack or on the bench.
CLEAN // Use cold or room temperature water to rinse your wraps after each use. You can use a small amount of detergent if required.
CARE TIPS // Avoid getting wraps warm as it may melt the wax. Keep away from warm food or hot water.
How to refresh an old wrap
REWAX // If pieces of wax have peeled off, follow the steps of making a new wrap to melt wax on any dry patches.
REFRESH // Pop in the oven for 2 minutes at 50-75°C. Small cracks in wax will repair as the wax slightly melts.