Wrap it Up! Kitchen Helpline

Sometimes the only thing better than delicious food is delicious food wrapped in more deliciousness! Our Kitchen Helpline has tips and tricks to help you perfect your favorite wrapped and rolled foods!

Photo by: Todd Plitt

Todd Plitt

Tip #1 How to keep bacon crispy when using it to wrap other foods

  • Pound out the bacon to thin it out and help it cook evenly and become crispy faster. We like to put bacon in a plastic baggie or sandwich it between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and flatten it out with the palm of our hand.
  • Par-cook the bacon by microwaving it for 1 to 3 minutes before using it to wrap foods; this will ensure it cooks through and crisps up faster. Par-cooked bacon is stiffer than raw bacon, so use toothpicks to secure it to food when wrapping.

Tip #2 How to work with sticky rice paper wrappers at home

  • Use the steering wheel method so that the rice paper becomes pliable but never gets saturated: Hold the rice paper wrappers like you would a steering wheel (with 2 hands) and dip the edges in a bowl of room-temperature water while constantly rotating the rice paper. This will allow the water to move from the outer part of the wrappers to the center without submersion.
  • Let the wrappers sit for 15 to 30 seconds.
  • Fill with your favorite fillings. We like to save time by buying pre-shredded veggies.
  • Tuck and roll tightly.

Tip #3 How to make freezer-friendly burritos

  • Don't use ingredients that have a high water content or that you don't want to eat warm/hot. Burrito ingredients that freeze well include: cooked meat (beef, chicken, pork, sausage), rice and beans (canned and drained or refried), shredded cheese, potatoes (sweet and regular) and crumbled tofu. Pro tip: mix the rice and beans together before you add to the burritos for a better texture. Burrito ingredients that don't freeze well include: tomatoes, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, avocado and guacamole.
  • Start building your burritos with room-temperature ingredients; hot ingredients will create steam inside the burritos, causing an undesired texture and freezer burn. The one exception to the room-temperature rule is the tortillas. You want to use tortillas that have been slightly warmed so they are pliable.
  • Assemble your burritos as desired and roll tightly.
  • To store: wrap first in parchment paper and then in foil.
  • To heat: remove the foil and microwave in the parchment paper until warmed throughout, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Serve with fresh ingredients such as salsa, sour cream and guacamole.
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