FIT CHEF HOW-TO: KEEP WRAPS INTACT
When using chard leaves, first cut off the stem that extends beyond the leaf. Then, shave down the vein length-wise with a sharp paring knife; this keeps the chard pliable while wrapping it tight. For rice paper wraps, be sure to only dip them quickly in water for 15 to 20 seconds. They should still be slightly firm, which keeps it from tearing while rolling tight. You can always use a cold grain wrap, but it’s best to warm it first, either by microwave or in a dry, heated skillet. This will keep the wrap from cracking when packing it with delicious fillings.