If your house is anything like mine, your lids and bowls never seem to match. I actually have gotten rid of most of the lids, due to breakage or inability to find a bowl mate.
Most of my bowls are lidless and very lonely. However, I do need to be able to cover a bowl one in a while, either for fridge storage of leftovers or to take to a carried dish supper or event.
I could use aluminum foil or plastic wrap, but I don’t like the idea of one use items and I really don’t like the idea of unnecessary trash. I have learned how to make my own “un” plastic wrap for food storage. Here’s how I did it.
First, you are going to need a few items
- an old cloth (I used an old cloth napkin, but an old bandana or scrap of fabric would work too
- a food brush that you don’t want to use for anything else
- an old cookie sheet that you never want to use for anything else
- 4 Tablespoons beeswax
It’s so simple to do this, really.
But, trust me when I say you want to use items you never want to use again, especially the cookie sheet. The beeswax is nearly impossible to get off of there. If you figure out how to completely remove it, I am all ears! Heat up the oven to 500°. While that is heating, lay out your cloth on the cookie sheet and sprinkle with 3 Tablespoons of the beeswax. Place in the oven for 3-5 minutes, keeping a close eye on it.
As the beeswax begins to melt…
…carefully remove from the oven. Using the brush, “brush” the melted wax over the cloth. You want to create a thin layer all over it. Be careful, because the wax is really hot right now and can burn you. Trust me on this one.
Move the cloth on the cookie sheet so you can make sure to get melted wax on all of it. Sprinkle the remaining beeswax over the untreated parts and remelt in the oven. Continue to melt and brush until the whole cloth is covered.
Once the cloth is completely covered, remove from the cookie sheet.
Lay flat to dry and cool completely. This won’t take long at all, really. As soon as I held it up to take a picture, it was dry and cool. It will be fairly stiff, but it’s still easy to fold and manipulate for storage. Store away from direct heat and sunlight until ready to use.
To use this wrap
Simply warm up in your hands a moment and begin to lay out over container you want to cover. Your body heat will soften it up and you should be able to press down and “form” a lid.
This isn’t super air tight in the fridge, but you can get a pretty good cover with this. You can also wrap up foods for the freezer temporarily with this as well. To clean, simply wipe with a damp cloth.
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.