Reusable Food Wrap

The holidays mean lots of leftovers in the fridge, which is simply one of the season's greatest gifts.  But food storage means fighting with plastic wrap, and we all know there's enough flipping plastic on this earth.  Here's a great DIY alternative to plastic wrap.  It also makes a great little Christmas gift, especially wrapped around a few sweet treats.  Plus Oprah is into it.  She leads, we follow.

If you want to skip the DIY-ness, this company: Beeswrap sells them and they're beautiful.

This re-usable food can be washed by simply running under cold water.  They'll last about a year, and then you can re-wax them for continued use.  Make them any size and shape you like.  We did some square, some round, and found lots of fun fabric at our local craft re-use consignment shop.

What You Need:

-Cloth.  A thin, 100% cotton fabric works best.  Get fun with patterns.

-Beeswax.  You will probably want about 2 Tablespoons per cloth.  Look for cosmetic grade "pellets" if you want it pre-grated.  Otherwise you can use a food processor or cheese grater which is what we did, but it will leave wax permanently on your grater.

-Optional:  Powdered Pine Rosin.  We did NOT use this because we didn't have it on hand, but this would make your cloths more CLINGY.  Ours do stay wrapped around a sandwich when pressed down, but if I were throwing it in a bag I'd put a rubber band around it.  So if you want extra cling factor use rosin.

-Foil or Parchment Paper

-Baking Sheet

-Optional: Pinking Shears to cut your fabric to help avoid fraying edges.

-Clothespins are handy for hanging to dry.

-A paintbrush to spread the beeswax.  This will wreck the brush so use it only for this purpose.

Directions:

1.  Cut your fabric to size.  Grate beeswax.

2.  Preheat oven to 200F.  (Beeswax melts at about 150F so anything above that will do).

3. Lay fabric on parchment paper or foil and sprinkle beeswax/rosin mixture evenly over cloth surface.

4. Bake for about 10 minutes or until melted.  Take it out, spread it around with the paintbrush, add more wax if needed, and put back into the oven for a few minutes until the cloth is evenly covered with wax.

5. Take out of the oven.  You can hang it with a clothespin or wave the cloth in the air until it cools and then leave it sitting to completely set.  Once completely cooled, the cloth will be flexible and grippy.

Done!