Reusable Food Wraps

These eco-friendly fabric food wraps are the bee’s knees, and you can choose any color or print you like when you make them yourself.

| August/September 2019


Long-term studies of the persistence of plastics in the environment have made it very clear that we must either recycle or avoid as much plastic use as we can, and in many ways, the switch is easy. In the kitchen, glass and ceramic containers not only reduce plastic usage, but also minimize exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates — and they’re less easily stained by foods, particularly the curries I love to cook.

Metal and wooden utensils last longer than plastic ones. Plastic wrap, unfortunately, is hard to replace. Few materials are as lightweight and flexible, let alone impermeable enough to protect foods from drying out in a fridge or on the counter.

To solve this problem, many people have turned to fabric wraps soaked in beeswax mixtures, which allow the fabric to remain flexible while making it tacky enough to cling to dishes. The wax coating also makes cleanup easier, because sauces and drippy foods can’t soak into the fabric.

Your materials will include fabrics and resins of your choice.

There’s a trick to making beeswax wraps, though. Beeswax alone is too brittle at room temperature to serve the purpose, and it’s not very sticky. You’ll need to add an oil for flexibility, and a resin for better cling.

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