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Wax Lyrical

April 05, 2017 7 Comments

I feel a very personal responsibility for plastic waste as my father was instrumental in setting up the first polythene factory in the southern hemisphere, so when I read about waxed fabric food wrapping I thought: why not linen? I have plenty of scraps!

Dear Google. A search revealed products, DIY recipes, suggestions, so I ordered some Amish beeswax and waited. It arrived deliciously aromatic.

Some instructions add jojoba oil to make it more flexible but I didn't try that this time, just a baking sheet (with parchment paper), a swatch of our Smooth linen sheeting scraps torn to size, sprinkled generously with grated beeswax and melted carefully in a low oven - I  didn't want it to ignite! Five minutes did the trick.

DIY beeswax food wrap

I used an old (but very clean!) paintbrush to smooth out any gaps and returned it to the oven for one minute, then let the sheets cool. I was surprised how much beeswax each one used!

First use was to wrap up a delicious stinky cheese. When it was finished, any mess rinsed off beautifully with a clean sponge and cool water.

DIY beexwax food wrapper

Next a leftover half of a deli sandwich was given the treatment.

DIY beeswax linen food wrapping

Each time the heat of my hands was enough to mould the linen to the food. I love this! When each sheet reaches the end of its useful life, I plan to roll it tightly and use it as a candle, or as a firelighter if the flames go a little too high for comfort!

Ask if you'd like a box of linen scraps to try your own - we'll send them to you for the cost of postage only. Email us at hello@roughlinen.com and we'll get a box out to you for the cost of shipping only. And please share your questions and experiences in the comment section below.

Happy recycling!



7 Responses

Florence
Florence

April 06, 2017

Amazing idea. I would like a box of scraps, please! We also just happened to put our linen sheets on the bed for this season (sheet + summer cover) on … how I missed my lovely linens!

Susan Bach
Susan Bach

April 06, 2017

Please send me a box of linen scraps. I’d like to offer this as an activity at a museum where I work. Thank you so much!

Renee
Renee

April 06, 2017

I would love a box of scraps…I bought some of these at a farmers market….gave as Christmas gifts…
Not sure of the material used on them…feel more food confident with YOUR linen : )

Nancy V.
Nancy V.

April 06, 2017

I would some some linen scraps!! I absolutely love this idea and in trying to be more conscious it is a perfect option with something I love! Linen!!

Susan Curtis
Susan Curtis

April 06, 2017

You can use sharp pinking shears to cut the edges of the fabric. Looks nice!

Sheila McChesney
Sheila McChesney

April 06, 2017

something that would have never occurred to me – what a great idea!

Kathi Saage
Kathi Saage

April 06, 2017

Oh, I’d love to try this at home! At least a year ago I bought some of the Bee’s Wrap products, which are used exactly as you used your home made wrap. But the Bee’s Wrap has a strong aroma (possibly the jojoba oil) and imparted that aroma, and its flavor, to the baguette I wrapped in it. Because of that aroma, I haven’t used it since (I admit that I am exceedingly sensitive to fragrance).

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