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How To Wrap a Burrito (So It Doesn’t Fall Apart When You Eat It!)

My husband Mike brought many valuable qualities to our partnership: He’s kind, charming, smart, and has good taste in books. He loves good food, and makes me coffee every single morning. And somewhere among the upper pantheon of his stellar attributes is also this: He can wrap a burrito so that you can eat it all the way down to the very nub, without it falling apart in your hands. Want to see how he does it?

Mike learned this extremely valuable skill while working in a student co-op at UCLA, where he did his graduate degree (he’s a scientist). This co-op was essentially a very cheap dorm where students chipped in by working in various duties around the facility. He chose the dining hall, where he spent hours rolling breakfast burritos for his fellow residents, learning the tricks of a well-tucked roll from the head chef, who was Mexican and had distinct opinions on the topic.

When he first made me a burrito, while we were dating, I was deeply impressed by this skill. My wraps and burritos always fell apart in the first bite or two! But this one could be held and eaten, safely, even while walking or in the car.

I was reminded of this special skill during Reader Request Week last week, when reader danielleintheev said: “I love making wraps for lunch but I am terrible at actually wrapping the wrap! Would love to see a tutorial on this.”

It’s a tricky skill to learn (I still haven’t mastered it) and it comes after a lot of practice. But there are a few particular elements of his technique that I think are helpful, so I’ve tried to show you those here, in Mike’s starring guest role!

My husband Mike brought many valuable qualities to our partnership: He’s kind, charming, smart, and has good taste in books. He loves good food, and makes me coffee every single morning. And somewhere among the upper pantheon of his stellar attributes is also this: He can wrap a burrito so that you can eat it all the way down to the very nub, without it falling apart in your hands. Want to see how he does it?