Reuse Cheese Wax

19 August 2015
I love cheese but my compost does not seem to love the cheese wax. Instead I have been storing it until I could find a way to reuse cheese wax. Turns out there are a couple ways the wax can be reused.


Reusing Cheese Wax

We like our aged cheddar. It can be used in a range of dishes, most people love it and will lasts a long time. Plus the price is reasonable. The blocks of cheese we buy are small wheels, covered in wax and accompanied by a sticker that cannot be recycled. I am in talks with cheese stores here in Melbourne to a find cloth bound cheese that comes without a sticker or just simply packed in a paper box. There are a couple options, one being a 20kg wheel (!). The cloth can be composted easier or even reused in the kitchen after a wash.

Back to the waxed cheese we have been buying from our local deli - cheese wax is a mix of paraffin and microcrystalline, both petroleum based. The wax is also coloured with food grade colours. This wax cannot be made into a candle but it does have other uses that make it reusable. We would happily keep buying our cheese like this but the massive stickers are simply annoying and really not needed. We used to buy wedges of cheese from larger wheels that we could get in our own container. However each time we would do this, the deli would wrap a new piece of plastic cling wrap around the cheese wheel we were buying from. It kinda defeated the purpose of reducing plastic in our life, ultimately leading us to buy mini wheels of cheese in wax.

Until I get my hands on cloth cheese this is what I do with my old cheese wax. 

I clean the wax, making sure there is no cheese left on it. Once clean I melt it down in a double boiler, then pour it out onto a surface and once cool enough simply roll into balls that I can store in a glass jar for use later on. If you feel like it or want to do something while watching a movie then you could roll the wax by hand using the heat of your hands to mold together.

Reusing Cheese Wax

Reusing Cheese Wax

Reusing Cheese Wax

Reusing Cheese Wax

Reusing Cheese Wax

Uses include:
  • Fire starter. The oil in the wax will help sustain a flame. Handy for camping or when there is not enough dry kindling. 
  • Sealing jars and bottles. 
  • Let the kids make medievel wax seals. 
  • Reuse the wax to coat your own hard cheese or pass onto someone who makes hard cheese at home. 
  • Mold it into shapes for fun or to practice drawing objects.
I'd love to know if you have any other uses for wax? Do you eat as much cheese now you are living without plastic?
Powered by Blogger.