DIY Cloth Plastic Wrap Replacement
I have a love-hate relationship with plastic.
Actually, I pretty much just hate it.
I despise all the nasty chemicals it leaches into food and drinks, and the toxic waste it creates in landfills and the ocean.
However, I love that I can preserve my garden goodies by freezing them, and I haven’t figured out how to do that without the use of plastic bags. I do wash and reuse my bags, and that makes them last WAY longer. I also never heat food in the plastic bags. Still, amid the wave of contentment and sense of accomplishment I feel every time I open our freezer door and see the overflowing bounty of preserved harvest, there is a nagging frustration that it is all stored in plastic. Ugh. Thus the quart and gallon plastic bags still remain in my kitchen…
If you have any awesome ideas on how I can fix this problem, please shout out in the comments below!
Last year, I did find a way to get rid of one of the last lingering plastic items in my kitchen. Plastic wrap.
I had whittled it down to only a few uses, but I couldn’t figure out a good way to cover super large containers, or a way to wrap my pie dough while it chilled in the fridge.
Now, with this awesome DIY cloth plastic wrap replacement I have almost completely eliminated plastic from my kitchen!
(If I can just figure out a way to get rid of those dumb bags in my freezer, I will be completely plastic free!)
The DIY cloth plastic wrap replacement is so easy and fun to make!
You will need:
- 100% cotton cloth
- An old baking sheet
Cut your cloth into whatever sizes you want your waxed cloth “plastic wrap” to be. I used a couple of my most used bowls to measure out circles that were a couple inches wider than the top of my bowls, then I cut a bunch of large rectangles and squares as well.
Pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees.
Place a piece of cloth on the old baking sheet, and sprinkle with your beeswax pellets or granules. (if you have bars of beeswax, you can grate or chop them to create small pieces.)
Sprinkle about this much beeswax on the cloth. Precise, I know. 🙂
Place the baking sheet in the oven for 3-4 minutes, or until the beeswax has just melted.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and make sure the cloth is completely saturated with melted wax. If it isn’t, just add a bit more beeswax to the areas that are lacking, and return to the oven for a couple minutes.
Once the cloth is saturated with melted wax, immediately remove the cloth from the baking sheet, and wave around in the air for a few seconds to allow the wax to harden a bit. Lay on a counter or table to finish cooling.
Once the cloth is cooled, it will resemble a heavy wax paper in texture, and be quite stiff.
*Note- if you have pieces of cloth that are larger than your baking sheet, you can fold them in half, sprinkle the beeswax on the exposed side and melt as usual. Once it is melted, flip the cloth over, and repeat on the other side.
To use, place your food item in the waxed cloth, and fold the cloth around it. Hold in place for a few seconds to allow the warmth of your hands to mold the cloth to the desired shape.
To clean your waxed cloth, gently rinse in cool water, and allow to dry.
It works fabulously, and makes the neatest looking packages in the fridge and freezer. I have some extra pie crust wrapped in the fridge right now!
I am loving my DIY cloth plastic wrap replacement! Be gone you annoying, toxic, clinging plastic wrap!
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