Really simple vegan food wraps DIY – this is how to make your own soya wax food wraps.
How to make vegan food wraps, with soya wax – this easy DIY features soya wax rather than beeswax – ergo – vegan.
YOU WILL NEED:
- Soya wax grated or as I have here, a soya wax block or a soya candle*
Alternatively, soya pellets or flakes (make sure that the brand you use doesn’t sell you a petroleum based wax, as these are not as environmentally friendly as they might be)
Or if you are re-waxing your vegan food wraps, we purchase our refresher blocks in vegan wax from Vegan Food Wraps in Stroud.
2) An iron
3) Baking parchment paper
3) Pinking shears
4) Fabric offcuts (Palava sent me some of their fabric bundles) these do indeed also make brilliant reusable gift wrap Furoshiki style – if you are looking to cut back on the amount of giftwrap you are buying this year.
5) Metal baking tray
The soya wax we used was mixed with a small amount of organic coconut oil and melted to create a candle – which we then froze and grated! The oil acts to stop the wraps ‘cracking’ once the vegan food wraps have been used a few times.*
Zero waste food storage
Making these wax wraps from old shirts, or pillowcases is great idea, and we were lucky enough to have a fabric bundle from our friends at Palava.co who sell small fabric bundles of their organic cotton off-cuts for about £6.50.
This is a great zero-waste way to keep your food fresh, whether half a lemon in the fridge, or your sandwiches when you are at work, or on a picnic.
*And yes, you could just use a vegan soya candle and grate that, however, you may wish to add some drops of oil onto the fabric just before you place the greaseproof paper over the fabric to iron it…
How to make these vegan food wraps
Place a sheet of parchment paper onto your tin.
Add your fabric cut to size.
Add your wax – either sprinkle over with soya wax flakes, or I grated my soya candle over the Palava.co fabric until it was roughly covered with grated soya wax.
If you are using pellets or flakes (excuse the amazon links – not sure where else you get these, will keep looking!) just gently sprinkle them over the fabric.
Place your second sheet of parchment paper over that fabric and wax.
Iron gently on a low heat.
Trial and error really, I find that if the paper ‘sticks’ to the fabric when you pull it away, then you’ve added enough wax, (stick it in the freezer before you grate it) so that’s why I gave it a second sprinkling in the video here.
Waft to cool, this will take about two minutes to ‘set’.