I have been advised that due to the low flash point of beeswax (ie. the fumes produced become exceptionally flammable and could cause a fire) it should always be melted in a bain marie (ie. in a bowl over boiling water). As beeswax also has a very low melting point (approx 62 degrees) this should not take long.
I suspect that dipping the cloth in the liquid wax would result in a cloth with far thicker wax covering than required or even useful. So I am going to experiment with melting the wax and brushing it on. Will feedback later.
Forgive me if this post is full of typos but this
has been on my right shoulder for much of this afternoon. And whilst we now get on quite well and she no longer tries to give me multiple ear piercings, she does still have rather sharp claws and I am wearing a sleeveless top and my right shoulder is rather sore. Also she is moulting and so is intent on removing her loose bits of feathers. She does not seem to have appreciated that I am not a bird, I do not have feathers and I do not need the feathers I don’t have to be removed…..
Today has been a busy kitchen day. I think a month away has given me aga homesickness. So today I made, yoghurt, granola, kimchi (for the first time), granola bars, yoghurt cake and bread. But the most exciting aga experiment did not involve food, but this.
At the Artisan Fair at Byron Bay on Friday evening last week I came across a lady selling waxed cotton food wraps. This appealed to me on several fronts. First, no plastic, second the food can breath and third it is a lot prettier than cling and fling ;) What appealed to me less was the price. So I had a go at making my own.
First cut your cotton. Taking the modern connotation of the word organic out of the equation for the moment, cotton is an organic substance, polyester is not. Linen or hemp would probably work just as well, but I happen to have a lot of cotton oddments lying around so I used cotton.
Place on a baking tray. Use an old one, you are not going to be cooking with it again.
Sprinkle granules (or grated) beeswax over the cotton and place in the oven. I used the aga on Bake but about 180 would be about right. Do keep an eye on it. The wax melts fast and you don’t want it to burn. It’s not as if you are making a souffle, opening the door is not going to cause a culinary disaster.
Once melted brush the wax evenly over the fabric (again using a brush that isn’t going to be used to spread beaten egg over your prized apple pie).
Hang up to dry. I put ours outside. It is a windy day. They were dry in seconds.
Wrap up your food.
You will have noticed that the baking tray is quite small. I wanted some bigger clothes. So this time I just sprinkled the wax, folded and sprinkled again (a bit like making puff pastry!). The wax melts through all the layers.
It worked just fine. So now I have sizes for cheese, for small bowl and for large bowls.
I had intended to read the paper now, but the parrot seems to have eaten it