Guide | The Perfect Way to Wrap

Guide | The Perfect Way to Wrap

A “how to” guide to making the perfect wrap or burrito. Let’s roll, literally.

Intro

It is 2014 and it seems every damn restaurant, deli, coffee shop or lemonade stand offers wraps of some sort these days. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with this but what there is something wrong with, is poorly constructed wraps. What a nightmare it is to be given what appears to be a nice and perfectly wrapped burrito or chipotle-chicken wrap just to find out it is a ticking time bomb set to go off the second you take your first bite. Horrible right? Well, who are you to judge? Are your wrapping skills up to par? And note I said wrapping not rapping, there are no correlations unless you are a rap artist who is deeply passionate about the state of wraps. But before we can judge someone else’s wrapping ability we must gaze into the mirror and see our own reflection and say “hey bucko, can you do it better?” With this guide to making the perfect wrap, you sure as shit will be able to, and will be supplied with some recipes to test your new skills with. So as the title says, let’s roll.

General Information

A good wrap is a work of art, a bad wrap ruins not only lunch, but your shirt too.
A good wrap is a work of art, a bad wrap ruins not only lunch, but your shirt too.

We all have cut weight, dieted, or watched our carb intake for our jiu jitsu careers so naturally we consume a lot of wraps. But unless you had a very distinct summer job growing up, you probably can’t make a wrap and end up always eating “sandwich tacos” or wearing half of your burrito. With a few crucial tips and a quick guide, you will be the next great wrap artist of the 21st century. Or at least you will feel like it when you make your first successful wrap. A lot of us eat on the go, or should be bringing lunch with us to the gym. Making wraps or breakfast burritos at home in advance is a great way to save time, money and fuel our bodies to hit the mats full force.

Anatomy of a Wrap

Call it what you will, a wrap, burrito, sandwich onesie, I don’t care, it is what it is. What I do care about is teaching you how to make a successful one. Similarly what you put into it can differ but when you really break it down, there are only 2 key ingredients. The filling and the wrap itself. It is best to have both on hand when you are preparing to make your sandwiches or burritos. First we must understand what makes a perfect wrap stand out from all of the rest.

You dont want your wrap looking like a 220lber in a medium rash guard...
You dont want your wrap looking like a 220lber in a medium rash guard…

The Essential Details

  • Packed with filling but not to the point of spillage or explosion.
  • Tightly wrapped with no gaps in filling.
  • Even filling, each bite you get a little bit of everything, instead of having to take a ton of nibbles to make a complete bite.
  • Last and most important, spill and blow out free ends!

The Tortilla

When making wraps and burritos you want to select the right size wrap, That is more important than flavor any day. Just because the gi looks cool and is an A2 doesn’t mean you should try wearing it when you are 6’4 225 lbs. The larger the tortilla the better! You also want to have a slightly warm tortilla so that it has some stretch and flexibility, warming up to prevent disaster, sounds familiar doesn’t it?

Some submissions and sweeps dont always agree with your body type, the same goes when making a burrito.
Some submissions and sweeps dont always agree with your body type, the same goes when making a burrito.

Warm Up Drills:

Stove Top: The method I find myself using the most, but it has its drawbacks. Perfect for one or two wraps and it is fast but the risk you run into is you could dry the tortillas out too much and then they will be the opposite of what you want for ideal rollage.

If only it took us 30 seconds to warm up before rolling... a boy can dream right?
If only it took us 30 seconds to warm up before rolling… a boy can dream right?

Technique: Place your tortilla in a pan with no oil over medium heat and cook on each side for 30 seconds. You want to not crisp or dry the tortillas too much or else they will become brittle.

Microwave: Super easy when you need a few more than one or two wraps.  Some people shun the microwave, others swear by it. It is an option.

Technique: place the tortillas on a microwave safe plate, place a damp paper towel on top of them and zap in 30 second intervals until they are warm.

Probably not tasty or wise to try and eat unless you are a savage and really want to work out your jaw muscles.
Probably not tasty or wise to try and eat unless you are a savage and really want to work out your jaw muscles.

Oven: This is probably the least likely way you will use if making only one or two wraps, but if working in bulk, for instance making breakfast burritos for the week and freezing them, it buys you a little time.

Technique: Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Wrap 5 tortillas in aluminum foil and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until warmed through.

The Filling

If for some absurd reason you have not tried any of the recipes from the following previous posts, now would be a good time to practice, they make great fillings. Meerkatsu Energy Effecient Egg SaladSpicy Egg SaladVale-Tuna Wrap or Tur-key Lock Wrap

Who do you want to roll with today?
Who do you want to roll with today?

 

How to Wrap it up

Get your jokes out of your system now, I’ll wait…

Ok now that that is over with, it is time to get down to get busy (see what I did there?). We have our warmed up tortillas, our filling and our hands ready to rock, now let’s get to wrapping the perfect meal.Rolling Technique copy

Step 1

Place ~1/4 of the tortilla worth of filling just below the center line of the tortilla. Evenly place the filling horizontally to you and make sure not to go overboard with the filling. Factor in other components, are you adding in herbs, sauces and avocado and save room for them (add them once you add the filling too naturally.)

Step 2

Fold in the sides of the tortilla towards the center so that only the middle 1/3 of the filling is visible.

Step 3

While holding the sides in, show off some hand dexterity and bring the bottom flap (closest to you) over the filling and the tucked in sides.

Step 4

Give the wrap a slight tug towards you to synch up the filling. Keep rolling and synching to make a tight wrap until you have tightly rolled the filling. Now continue to roll until you are almost at the end of the wrap.

Step 5

Slightly fold in the edges. The goal is to have the end of the wrap be the bottom of the “burrito”

Step 6

Enjoy the best wrap you’ve ever made without needing a million napkins and a change of pants.

Not the same but hey, pretty useful right?
Not the same but hey, pretty useful right?

Conclusion

Now that you know how to make a burrito or wrap better than the guy at the deli who you think has been sabotaging your sandwiches daily, you can rest assured that you will start to save time and money. Try making breakfast burritos in bulk, individually wrapping them in foil (the same way as you did with the tortilla!) and freezing them. Or cut some carbs out of your day by swapping out the bread for a wrap. If you cut enough carbs and need some new gear make sure you check out Inverted Gear and use grapplergourmet for 10% OFF. Want to Stay Alpha? Visit Q5 Combat and use GOURMET10 for 10% OFF. Remember, to get these posts sent straight to your email the second they release every Thursday, sign up for the FREE Grappler Gourmet Weekly below! Eat well, train hard. Oss!

 

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