Detailed instructions for the food wraps blocks:
Instructions for making food wraps using the blocks.
You will need:
- A double boiler. It is ideal to have a dedicated pot for melting the blocks. The pot that you melt your wax in should have a capacity of at least one liter.
- A thermometer (optional).
- Six pieces of 100% cotton fabric, washed and cut to 30 x 30 cm. If you use light weight cotton fabrics, you can make six wraps. Medium weight cotton fabrics will yield slightly thicker wraps, but you may not be able to make six (may yield five).
- An iron.
- Parchment paper.
- Small Tongs, preferably two pairs.
- A silicone mat to cover the surface and place the dipped wraps on.
- Clean paper or cloth to cover the surfaces.
- In a pot placed in hot water, melt the blocks. While the blocks are melting, cover the surfaces to reduce clean-up work. Please ensure that the temperature does not exceed 75-80°C. The ingredients may lose their antimicrobial properties if overheated for too long. If you do not have a thermometer, simply ensure that the water does not boil for a long time. Place the silicone mat on the countertop close to the stove.
- Once the blocks are fully melted, dip each wrap in the melted mix. Hold the wrap with a pair of tongs over the pot. Once the dripping slows down, hold the wrap with two pairs of tongs over the silicone mat so that it cools down in a straighter and flatter shape. Collect all the drippings from the silicone mat after solidifying and add them to the pot to avoid wasting.
- After cooling, place the wrap on the silicone mat and while it is still warm, flatten it. Some wraps may have less wax on them. This can be fixed at the end when you iron the wraps.
- Once all the work is done, it is better to clean the pot while still warm: Wipe it well with a paper towel and then wash with soap and water. The paper towel can go to your compost bin.
- Usually, the wraps are unevenly waxed at this point. Place wraps between sheets parchment paper (cut 50 x 50 cm sheets of paper to avoid the wax from accidentally spilling out from the paper) and iron them on medium heat. If some wraps have less wax than others, you can iron them together with the ones that have more. This will distribute the wax evenly between them. If you are ironing more than one sheet at a time, please ensure to separate them while they are still warm to avoid the prevent the wraps from sticking to each other.
- You can store these wraps in a cool and dry place. Please do not microwave the wraps, and do not wash them with warm/hot water.
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