Maki Sushi For Dummies, Like ME!!

When we travel, I like to bring back very different things as souvenirs.

On our recent trip to Hawaii, I brought back a mold for Maki Sushi and powdered Sushi Seasoning mix. I had seen these the last time that we were back home, but passed it by at the time.

This morning I was clearing out the refrigerator and I was going to put a half of a pot of cooked white rice into the freezer. We eat steamed Calrose or sticky rice

(I think it’s a medium grain) with many of our meals.

DING! Why not try out my new toy?

Maki Sushi for Dummies

I heated the rice back up in the microwave and sprinkled some of the powdered Sushi Seasoning over it and gave it a mix. By using the powder instead of Seasoned Rice Vinegar, this keeps the Sushi Rice from getting too wet.

I had an English Cucumber that I julienned into lengths that were about the same as the sheets of Nori that I always have in the pantry.

Okay, let’s assemble.

sushi mold

sushi mold

The instructions on the back of the package of the Sushi press are in Japanese characters; fortunately, illustrations too, thank goodness.

This couldn’t be any easier.

sushi mold

The mold is a plastic sphere cut in two. I found after my first attempt that it was best to run the mold under water to insure non-stickage.

I just filled one half of the mold with the room temp rice, placed the sliced of veg on top.

sushi mold

 

I then put it into a third piece that has higher sides and fill to the top with more rice, pressing it down with moist fingers; with the other half of that spherical mold, press firmly.

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Lay a Nori Sheet, shiny side down, onto a piece of plastic wrap on the counter; unmold the now round rice-log out onto the edge of the sheet closest to you and roll the log up, like a cigar. I wet my finger again to moisten the farthest edge of the Nori so that it would adhere to itself.

Maki Sushi for Dummies

Slice and serve.

It’s probably at this point that you’re asking yourself, “Yeah, so what? Why didn’t she just use a sushi mat?”

I have tried for YEARS to roll Maki Sushi with horrible results. I’m not sure if it’s that I have such little hands; my husband teases me that our 13 year Niece is bigger than me. But, whatever the reason, I’ve tried and have found my solution.

I feel in the process, I’ve created a Sushi Monster. My husband wolfed down the two rolls that I finished and asked where the rest were. Well, that’s all the cooked rice that I had on hand, to which his retort was… PLEASE MAKE MORE!!

Maki Sushi for Dummies

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4 thoughts on “Maki Sushi For Dummies, Like ME!!

  1. invasionofdinosaurs January 26, 2013 at 10:46 pm Reply

    does this work with Spam too? I don’t know if it is a more traditional meal in Hawaii, but my family friends who live out there introduced it to my family and we are wild about it. They told us it’s a very popular thing to eat, but I’m sure you would know.

    • auntiedoni January 26, 2013 at 11:12 pm Reply

      for spam musubi you would use a different form, I guess I should do a follow up… I make a teri-spam-musubi that is requested by all of my family memebers.

      • invasionofdinosaurs January 26, 2013 at 11:27 pm

        I love spam musubi! My parents have an awesome form, but I dont know where they got it from. I didn’t know if all forms work the same. I am used to making sushi by hand with an bamboo roller.

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