While people love coming to Shinto for our delicious sushi rolls, many of our customers want to be able to make their sushi at home. This is why we teach sushi rolling classes. If you want to be able to make sushi at home, it’s important that you start with the right tools.
5 Tools You Need to Make Sushi
These are the essential tools that you need to make sushi at home.
1. Rice Cooker
An electric rice cooker can make the process a little more convenient. You should only be using a short grain Japanese rice that is specifically for sushi. Other types of rice cannot create the roll the same way that Japanese rice can. With a rice cooker, you do not need to worry about burning the rice or having it boil over on the stove. When the sushi is done, don’t leave it on warm in the cooker. Transfer it to a mixing bowl to cool.
2. Rice Paddle
Once the rice has been cooked and has started to cool, it is necessary to mix the rice vinegar into the rice. This gives the sushi its unique flavor. Use a bamboo rice paddle to disperse the vinegar throughout the rice.
3. Bowl of Water
When you are spreading the rice out on your bamboo mat, your hands will get sticky from the rice and it will be difficult to work with the sushi. Keeping a clean bowl of water by your workstation makes it easier to clean off your hands when they begin to get sticky.
4. Bamboo Mat
Make sure that you cover your bamboo mat with plastic wrap. This will keep any rice from sticking to your mat. Bamboo mats make the sushi easier to roll and shape into the desired shape, whether it is more of a circular or square shape.
5. Sharp Knife
While you are making sushi, you need to work with a sharp knife when you are slicing the rolls. It’s important to make clean, exact cuts. Our sushi chefs use knives that have been specifically designed for sushi. At home, you don’t need this, you will simply need a sharp knife. If you are working with a dull knife, you will not get those clean cuts and the pieces of sushi will look squished and messy.
Learn to Make Sushi At Our Japanese Restaurant!
If you want to learn in greater detail how to make sushi, sign up for one of our sushi rolling classes. We teach you everything you need to know about how to make, roll, and cut your sushi. We even give you some of the tools that you need to do it on your own. We pair the rolls we teach you how to make with the right drink pairings that complement the flavors in the sushi. Whether you want to learn how to make sushi at home or you just want to spend some time with us tasting our signature rolls, Shinto makes it easy for you to enjoy sushi.