I’ve been trying to reduce rubbish in our house for a while, and reusable food covers have been on my to-do list for just as long. I’ve always used shower caps collected by our friends and family from hotels to cover our bread bowls. We’ve washed and rewashed and used them until the elastic had stretched out and there were holes in the plastic.
But now our collection is dwindling, and I don’t want to collect more because I want to find a plastic free option. Beeswax reusable food covers have been around a little while and there are some fabulous brands out there if you’re not interested in making your own. However, these were pretty simple to make, you can make a variety of sizes and colours.
You need 100% cotton, so I scoured the opshops and collected old pillow cases. This was because pillow cases have tags that tell you what the material is, I also collected some super cute material but I am yet to use it as I’m not sure how to figure out what it’s made from. You should wash your fabric, then use pinking sheers to cut your shape (the pinking sheers with prevent fraying).
I made two that were 30cm x 45cm to cover our large roasting tray and two 40cm x 40 cm to cover our bread mixing bowls. I’ll be making some more smaller ones soon.
Some tips about reusable food covers:
- To use, just place over a bowl or container, wrap around food like cheese. The warmth from your hands will mold the wrap into the desired shape.
- They can be washed with cold water and a mild soap.
- Since they cannot be washed with hot water they are not recommended for meat
- Items like cheese, vegetables, fruits, nuts, sandwiches, etc. can be wrapped up.
- Depending on how frequently they’re used they can last for up to a year. After that all you need to do is re-wax them in order to keep using them.
- 100% cotton fabric – thin like sheets works best
- pinking sheers scissors
- cheese grater
- baking tray
- aluminium foil
- ruler or tape measure
- make shift clothes line
- Cover your baking sheet in foil and pre heat oven to 85*C
- Cut fabric to you preferred size
- Grate beeswax
- Lay fabric on baking sheet
- Sprinkle beeswax over the sheet evenly, but lightly, you can always add more
- Place in oven for 10-15 mins, or until all wax has melted
- Remove from oven, if there are some gaps where no beeswax has melted, simply sprinkle some more and return to oven.
- Once you’re happy with coverage hang on clothesline until dry.
- To wash grater, simply pour boiling water over it and the wax will melt off.