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May 3, 2009 12:42 PM

Help with Summer Rolls

I'm making summer rolls (nim chow) as part of a mother's day luncheon and need to do them as far ahead as possible. Does anyone know how I can store them properly so they will still be soft and fresh? I'd like to make them the day or night before.

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  1. I would individually wrap them in plastic wrap to ensure moisture retention.

    1. Rolls made the the day before are not good. The rice paper becomes leathery and unappetizing. Even made hours ahead they aren't very good.

      1. Definitely MUCH better when freshly made but I've had good luck keeping them moist by covering the plate/tray with a dampened piece of fabric (tea/dish towel etc). I've never "held" them like this more than 4 hours or so.

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        1. re: Miss Mac

          Yup, that's probably the best way to do it.

          Alternatively, you could keep them warm and moist in a steamer, kept at a very very low temp.

        2. I have done over night, but a damp towel and wrapped in plastic, not the best but mine were fine. I always recomment fresh, but these were fine. Just test the first. if un sure

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          1. re: kchurchill5

            You must have some very special rice paper wrappers that can last overnight. What brand do you use?

            1. re: KTinNYC

              Not sure, don't have any on hand. Next time I go to the market I will look. I got them at a small market up north of me close to a friends house. Every time I am up there I pick some up. Better than any others I have bought. But other than my local grocery store, I haven't tried too many brands. I'll try to find out the name for you.

          2. I don't know if this is possible for you, but I had my guests roll their own! I had a station in the kitchen with all the fillings and I had them choose what they wanted and taught them how to roll their own. They had a great time! Took the pressure off of me too. It was interesting to see what they chose. I've tried to make some ahead of time and my rice paper always got really tough, dry and leathery. Good luck!

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            1. re: mochi mochi

              This is a great idea. If you try to hold them in plastic wrap, they can get gummy, too, from the vegetables.