Originally Posted by maygee
Well, most of the links I found were from the 1800's....apparently it's silk coated in boiled linseed oil. Theoretically this would be food safe, but a lot of boiled linseed oil has metallic "dryers" and petroleum products, so I wonder if you could boil your own linseed oil, which I believe is flax oil. Any thoughts? I may buy some and try it- seems intriguing.
yes...I read about this too -except the idea was to make something similar to a 'wrap n map' for lunches, but with heavy cotton cloth and linseed oil. I was a geared up to make them, but when I went to buy the linseed oil I saw these scary warnings on the labels (may cause birth defects, etc
) - so I decided not to use it. I figured it must be something added in the processing these days since as you mentioned, pure oil should theoretically be safe.
The only other warning issue I came across was to remember that oiled cloth would be flammable - so just something to keep in mind.
I still want to make some, but am not sure what time of oil would work without getting rancid or sticky!