All wrapped up

My friend Kate* contacted me the other day to ask whether I’d ever tried making my own waxed cloth wraps for keeping food fresh. It’s one of those things that I’ve seen instructions for** but have never got round to trying: another thing on ‘the list’. Initially I thought that she was going to ask me how to do it, but it turned out that she was actually offering to make some for me – what a treasure!

And last week these arrived:

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waxed cotton wraps

 

They are made using beeswax and cotton fabric. I haven’t needed to use any of them yet, but I can see that, combined with some string or an elastic band or two, they are going to be really useful and a brilliant alternative to plastic bags and boxes… both at home and when going shopping. I suspect some of them might go on picnics with us too. I may even add loops and buttons, so that they have an integral secure way to close them.

-oOo-

* One of many: I know an awful lot of Kates, Katies, Kts and Katys – this particular one is local

** There are several approaches, differing only in the details of how to melt/apply the wax, for example here and here

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  1. Oh dear! Another thing to add to ‘the list’! They do look good and I take a packed lunch every time I go to the Welsh class so they would get used. I have plenty of cotton and some beeswax so I shall have to try to get them to the ‘do next’ spot!

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    • I have some sandwich wrappers that are cotton with a plastic lining that have a velcro closure – I’ve had them for about 10 years I think. They are much admired, but they do include plastic, so these with the beeswax seem like a better option if making anew. Kate says they are quick to make and that the time-consuming thing was cutting out the fabric.

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  2. I don’t keep cling wrap in the house, preferring to put something in a container with a lid rather than put a sheet of single-use plastic over it. I do, I confess, using baking paper for separating the food from plastic containers, but I recycle that. But I do think these cloths sound like a good idea. I wonder if you couldn’t just rub the fabric with a block of solid beeswax and get a finish rather like a Barbour jacket?

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    • Like you I haven’t bought cling film for years – I think these are going to be useful and I hadn’t previously thought about them for lining plastic containers. I suspect that heating the wax in some way just means the wax penetrates right through and probably stops you missing a spot when applying it as it spreads out.
      I now have to ‘test drive’ them to see how well they actually work.

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      • I’ll be interested to hear the results. Myself, I’d be unable to resist making them colour coded: yellow for dairy, green for vegies, red for meat, blue for poultry, multicolour for leftovers, etc!

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  3. A nice gift from a friend. Always good to hear of crafty gifting!

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  4. Would there be any reason you couldn’t use soy wax? Just asking as I have lots of pellets left over from making candles as Christmas gifts.

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  5. Laurie Graves

     /  January 9, 2018

    Neat! Keep us posted as to how they work.

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  6. I have learned something new today, never heard of them. I usually use greaseproof paper but I have no idea what’s in that. Can you wash them or are they single use I wonder?

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  7. This is great and looks very useful!

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  8. Murtagh's Meadow

     /  January 9, 2018

    What a great idea!

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  9. Lucky you! Making these has been on my list for a while now. I even have the ingredients, but haven’t plucked up the courage to make a start. I found a website that sells them and also hase some great ideas about folding them origami- wise to make boxes, wraps and the like. Will look it out.

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  10. My great aunt put food into a bowl and sat a plate atop of it before fridging it.
    I will try this wax idea too ❤ thanks for posting about it 🙂

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  11. Reblogged this on yarn and pencil and commented:
    I think I shall try this. What did you think?

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  12. peppergrass

     /  January 9, 2018

    These have been on my list for at least a year and I still haven’t managed to attempt them. I even have locally sourced beeswax, so no excuse there. I think I’m worried about making an absolute mess when making them, and then dreading the cleaning up. But maybe it’s not as messy as I’m imagining? Good on you!

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  13. What a special friend (my feeling is that all Kates are generous and thoughtful.) I was given a set of different sizes for Christmas, and have already found them useful for covering dishes in the fridge. You use the warmth of your hand to gently fold the ‘paper’ over the edge of the dish. They can be wiped clean if they are not too dirty. I would love to hear about your attachments ~ when you have time, of course!

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  14. Ooh, I saw something like this recently and thought it was a great idea…until I looked at the price. Glad to see they aren’t too tough to make. This will finally give me something else to do with my bees’ wax other than making lip balm!

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  15. I’ve not heard of these before, but they look brilliant! It would be like unwrapping a present every time I ate my sandwiches at work 😀

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  16. It’s not often I see something entirely new and intriguing to me. You have done it! I have some bees wax here at home and am going to have to give this a try! Thank you for sharing the idea:)😊❤️

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