Why Make Sushi At Home?
If you’re looking for fun ways to make this weekend special, whether for a group of close friends or a cool, unique, date-night activity, making sushi at home is the perfect activity for a unique get-together. Going out to sushi is amazing, but it can be expensive and crowded, with long wait times and not a lot of choices. Sushi making at home is a fun skill to learn, that you can share with your friends and family. If you have the right tools, a little background information, and don’t care about getting your kitchen slightly messy, at-home sushi making might just be your next favorite weekend activity.
It’s Chefs Choice, And You Are The Chef
The great thing about making sushi at home is that you get to choose what you want in your roll. This is great for those of us who have specific dietary needs and/or want to pick just exactly what is going into your rolls and onto your nigiri. When having a group over for a sushi-making night, ask what they’d like in their rolls, get as creative as you want, with spicy mayo, ponzu sauce, and lots of soy sauce.
What You Need To Make Sushi At Home
You don’t need a sushi recipe per se, however, there are things you’ll need to make your sushi night successful. Many websites sell sushi-making kits, including Make My Sushi, which has bamboo sushi rolling mats, which are essential for rolling the seaweed, around the rice and your choice of filling. These kits also come with chopsticks, rice paddles, and rice spreaders although if necessary you could probably use what you have on hand. Your sushi rice recipe is also important, sushi rice is often confused with white rice, but in reality, they’re quite different. Rice vinegar is what gives sushi rice its delicious and unique flavor, it also makes it a bit stickier which helps you to create your rolls.
Your Sushi Fish Must Be High Quality
One of the most important things to realize when making sushi at home is that the quality of fish must be sashimi or sushi-grade. This keeps you from making rolls that taste overly fishy or even worse could make you sick. If you’re just starting, consider trying a veggie roll, with slivered carrots, cucumber, avocado, and just about anything else that you can think of.
Technique For Sushi Making
Remember, like any new skill you’re going to get better with time, so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t look perfect on your first try. Part of the fun of sushi making is that some of your rolls will look professional and others, maybe not so much. Be sure to have a can-do attitude and laugh it off if one of your rolls falls apart. When you’re making your roll, time is of the essence, the longer the rice sits on top of seaweed the more wilted it will become and the harder it will be to roll.
Sushi making is an incredible activity for friends and family, and we can’t wait to see what you create!