Make Your Own Sushi, Save $$$

Though it’s not for everyone, sushi is one of my favorite things to eat. My family loves sushi as well, but sometimes going out to eat is pretty pricey. Bargain Babe shows how much money you can save by making sushi at home as opposed to going out to eat at a sushi restaurant. My dad loves to make his own sushi, and it’s a fun activity to do when we’re all together. Plus, it’s actually easier than you might think. Here are some main tips from Bargain Babe’s site.

1. Prepare sushi rice. It’s not just boiled Japanese rice.Sushi-two-rolls

2. Chop all roll ingredients, such as fish, avocado, cucumber, and lay out any extras like sesame seeds or spicy sauce.

3. Lay a sheet of seaweed paper onto your roller, shiny side down. Note the suggested cut marks for later.

4. Lightly press a THIN layer of rice on the bottom 2/3 of the sheet, making sure to spread the rice to the edges. Have a bowl of water handy to unstick the rice when you are done. Or, wear rubber gloves and rub a dollop of mayo onto your hands. Friction be gone!

5. Add toppings across the middle of the rice. Add more fish than you think you need.

6. Grab the edge of the paper closest to you and pull it across the toppings using the bamboo rollers. When the edges of the rice meet, give the rollers a light squeeze, then continue rolling until there is just an inch of the seaweed paper showing. Dab a finger into a bowl of water and moisten the edge of the paper. Roll the rest of the way, give your creation one more squeeze, then pull back the bamboo roller. Cut your roll into about 6 pieces and take a bite!

This past weekend I went home to celebrate my mom’s birthday and we made our own sushi and nigiri, which is just sliced raw fish on top of a ball of rice. We also got the chance to Skype with my sister who is currently living in Japan. While we ate dinner, she was eating breakfast. We all think that preparing dinner together is a really great way to get closer as a family and my sister loves making sushi at home because, since she’s a little pickier, she can customize her rolls.

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