Everything in life these days revolves around convenience. Classic examples in our day-to-day life are cling wrap, take away coffee cups, disposable nappies, packet food and snacks, plastic water bottles and the list goes on. We are very susceptible to these conveniences that we become creatures of habit and don’t think twice about what we are doing. It sometimes takes an exceptional event to occur in our lives to reprogram the way we do things.
Today let’s focus on something very basic and what pretty much everyone uses in their kitchen, Cling wrap. Did you know that cling wrap is very difficult to recycle? To begin with, we can’t chuck it in the plastic recycling crate with other plastics as it jams on the machinery. Cling film also contains endocrine disrupting hormones which can affect numerous body functions. If you are an avid cling wrap user, you might want to think twice! I ditched cling wraps about 5 years ago and stored pretty much everything in glass jars and containers. Although this is an eco-friendly alternative, sometimes it is not the most convenient form of storage! So, I started looking into beeswax food wraps. These are absolute gems to have in your kitchen.
Although beeswax wraps have been around for a couple of years now, I have only started using them end of last year and I must tell you, they are amazing. I love how leak proof they are, I love the natural beeswax fragrance, some of the shop bought ones have propolis in them, and they smell absolute divine! (If that is your thing!). I use mine to wrap around my left pasta bakes, rice bowls, kids sandwiches in their lunch boxes and even my manuka honey gel wound dressings. They are a total keeper.
Since it is the silly season, we tend to spend exorbitant amounts of money for gift wrapping, making the presents look perfect and adorable. But once those presents are unwrapped, the wrapping paper just ends in the bin, which we think is an awful waste of resources. So a mate and I put our thinking cap on, thought of some sustainable gift options and we came up with an idea, that is not only easy on the budget and the environment and moreover, it is easy to make and made with love, which is all that matters in the end.
So, the gifting idea we came up with is – Manuka honey caramel popcorn in a recycled glass jar, wrapped with a beeswax wrap.
2/3 cup of Beeswax (grated)
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
¼ tsp propolis (optional)
100% natural cotton fabric pieces
1. Preheat oven to 150C or low setting
2. Cut the fabric into squares- use on pinking shears will prevent the fabric from fraying
3. Line the tray with baking paper- place fabric on sheet & heat for 10 minutes
4. Melt beeswax and oil in double boiler, stirring frequently
5. Paint each piece of fabric with the mixture. You can layer them on top of one another
6. Place tray in oven for 10 minutes
7. Remove from oven and hang to cool
The wraps become pliable when warmed in your hands and can be washed in cool, soapy water and reused time and time again. General lifetime of a wrap is 12 months, but if you look after them, they will last longer.
How to make Manuka Honey Roasted Cashew and Salted Caramel Popcorn?
2T roasted Cashew nuts
3T popping corn kernals
2T Zealandia Manuka Honey MGO100+
1t baking powder
Pinch Himalayan rock salt
Pop the popcorn on the stove (1T neutral oil in pot – once hot, add popcorn kernals and cover)
Melt butter, add honey and stir to combine.
Add baking powder and keep stirring till it froths up.
Take it off the stove, pour caramel over the popcorn. Mix in nuts and pinch Himalayan rock salt to taste.
We took an old jar filled it up with the popcorn, used the beeswax wrap we made to close the jar with a festive ribbon. Your sustainable Christmas present is ready!