Many people I know are afraid to make sushi at home. Or too lazy. Or they worry about food safety. It’s not that hard, and it can be downright fun and enjoyable, but it is a lot more work than just going out to eat. They key to success is to plan what you’ll make ahead of time and limit the amount of fish you use. Before you can invite guests over you’ll want to sharpen your skills and create your menu by trying out some basic techniques. First make your own sushi with no guests, so you can see what works well for you and which areas will need a bit of work.
You’ll need to acquire the basic skills needed to make rolls at least. Don’t worry, it’s not that bad, but you’ll need to be able to cook sushi rice, cut fish and roll the rolls at a minimum. These are the three basic tasks we’ll talk about in the next few installments all the while planning to cover much more over time. But even before you can practice the basics you’re going to need to do some shopping.
Your first task is to find a Japanese grocery if you live in a fairly large city or on the west coast. Otherwise just find the best Asian grocery in town, they’re bound to have enough to get you going. For those who may live in less populated areas, consider ordering online.
Keep reading this series of articles every Tuesday, as we attempt to cover the basics of preparing sushi at home!