It was only recently online that I came across the concept of beeswrap – linen or cotton saturated in beeswax used to wrap food as an environment-friendly alternative to cling wrap. Apparently you can wash it with cool soapy water and keep reusing it.
We get such pretty chitenga fabrics here (and they’re cheap, K35 for 1,5 m pure cotton) and I already had a brick of beeswax purchased from the Luanshya turn-off honey stand…
Beeswax has a pretty high melting point but what surprised me is how quickly it starts to cool and set! Oh, if you’re allergic or freaked out by bees, seal up the kitchen before you do this because I had roughly a dozen bees rock up for the party the minute the wax started melting. It’s a beautiful smell.
You can see here how the wax was a little uneven and starting to set, so I popped it into the oven on grill and that melted it all nice and evenly. Then you can just pour off the excess beeswax into silicone moulds to use another time.
If you’re averse to messing about in the kitchen you can just buy them online. This was quite fun – I think I will be making some more 🙂 (yes, that’s beeswax spattered on the kitchen floor…)