Reusable Sandwich Bag.
Bowl covered with a Reusable Bowl Cover.
We have a lot of plastic around the house. Plastic wrap and sandwich bag are expensive and such a waste. That doesn’t mean you won’t find find them in my home. Perfect I’m not.
We are trying to reuse, recycle, make do or do without. These reusable wax covers and bags make me happy. They remind me of a simpler time. Plus money is being saved and I’m not throwing away plastic bags and plastic wrap constantly. Fill up your kitchen drawer with reusable bags and covers.
Always use 100% cotton fabric. You can reuse old sheets and pillowcases or raid your stash. (Not judging, I have my own stash). Beeswax fabric is non-toxic, reusable, washable and can be molded around dishes and food. Beeswax when applied to cotton, renders the cotton unbreathable which helps keep air out for storing food.
These wraps are not recommended for meat. You can store cheese, vegetables, fruit, nuts, sandwiches, pretzels, cookies etc. Plus cover any bowl as you would with plastic wrap. To cover a bowl, just place over bowl. Using the warmth of your hands mold around top of bowl and rim to seal.
To clean, wash in cool water with mild soap. I use castile soap. Never use warm or hot water. Covers and bags should last up to a year. Re-wax to use again.
Supplies: Beeswax grated or in pellets, 100% cotton fabric, cut to size. 12×12 and 8×8 work fine for me. Go bigger if you have larger bowl. Old cookie sheet (only use for this), paintbrush, cheese grater (only used for this), pinking shears, a place to hang with a clothespin to dry.
Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Cut fabric to size and pink edges with pinking shears. Sprinkle evenly and lightly with grated beeswax . Be sure to go out to edge of fabric. Place in oven for 3 or more minutes. Check to see if beeswax has melted. You don’t want it to start burning. Remove from oven and using paintbrush spread melted beeswax completely to edges of fabric. Immediately hang to dry. Drying will take like 2 minutes. Work fast. Here are some pictures to help you along. Don’t worry it really is easy to make.
Fabric sprinkled with beeswax and ready to go on cookie sheet and into the oven for 3 minutes.
Beeswax melted and hanging up to dry for couple minutes. The fabric is stiff at this point. Once dry you can start using your reusable bags and covers.
How to make reusable sandwich bag. Fold your beeswax fabric square into thirds. Create flaps at top and bottom. Sew two buttons onto flaps. Use string or twine to hold close.
Finish reusable sandwich bag.