Monday, April 13, 2009


So tonight I buckled down and made sushi. Ugh! I watched a video or two on youtube to figure out how to roll it. And somehow I still messed up the first few times. So here are my tips for you so you avoid my mistakes.

1. Use cool rice (I used hot and it kept burning my fingers)
2. Use dry seaweed pages, and make sure they are sushi size (mine were half sheets and I wet the first few)
3. Press the rice down really hard and make sure your hands are kept wet while doing this.
4. Definately have a bamboo sushi roller thing and use it.
5. Make sure you have a super sharp knife to cut them. Mine was new, but barely sharp enough. (Walmart special)

Now here's how to make sushi.

You will need:

  • Pleanty of cooked sticky white rice
  • a package of seaweed squares made for making sushi
  • your favorite sushi type vegetables (for this recipe I will use my own, but feel free to substitute your own.)
  • Rice vinegar mixed with some sugar (or a pre-made rice vinegar marinade)
  • Soy sauce (or liquid aminos)
  • A bamboo sushi roller
  • A few little bowls
  • Matchstick cut fresh carrots
  • 1 large Cucumber
  • 1/2 avacado sliced thinly
  • 1/2 a bell pepper sliced into sticks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJY4A229fgQ (I'd mute this one it's just music)

  1. Peel cucumber and slice in half across the middle and then in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds. Then slice the cucumber into thin long strips.
  2. Soak cucumber sticks and carrot sticks in rice vinegar possibly overnight or for a few hours.
  3. Place 1 seaweed piece on the bamboo roller and cover with rice. Rice should be moist.
  4. Press the rice down as shown on the video, so that the whole page is covered with rice and the rice is packed down.
  5. Arrange your marinated vegetables in a strip along the middle of the rice.
  6. Then roll it up tight. It takes practice so don't get discouraged.
  7. Slice roll in half, and half and half until you have eight equal pieces.
  8. Repeat and then enjoy, dip in your favorite sauce.

Well I had to try again after my semi successful dinner yesterday. Much better this time. So I took some pictures.