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Gift Lab: Rolling Out DIY Sushi

August 11, 2015

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Product: Sushi Making Kit

Research:
I typically eat sushi 2 – 4 times a month and it has never crossed my mind to make it myself. Upon seeing this product, I suddenly became obsessed with wanting to create it for myself and others – I craved sushi almost every day. The kit looked like it would be easy and not a fussy/stressful meal to prepare, which made me more eager to try.

Hypothesis:
I don’t have much experience with sushi rolling, so I’m not expecting my rolls to come out presentable, but I believe the taste will be great. I’m not expecting to yield much out of this kit, but I will have fun preparing and tasting!

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Experiment:
The directions on the kit are clear-cut. I made sure to shop for all my filling ingredients ahead of time, so I’d be set the day I wanted to try out the kit. I made NY rolls – which I’ve never knew existed until I started researching which type of sushi I wanted to make. For NY Rolls, I only needed apple, salmon, and avocado – common grocery store items. Everything else – including dipping options – is included in the kit.

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The packaging for this kit doubles as a the recipe stand, which was very convenient for a first time sushi maker.

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Step 1

I rinsed and drained the included sushi rice 3 times as the directions stated, then added to boiling water. I let it boil for 25 minutes on low heat.

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As the rice was cooking, I prepared my sushi fillings. Directions said it would be convenient to prepare them at that point, and I felt that it was.

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Step 2

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Once the rice was finished, I prepared the vinegar mixture (all new to me). I don’t own a microwave, as I slow cook while at home. The instructions noted to heat the sugar, salt, and vinegar (sugar and salt not included in kit) in the microwave, but I heated on the stove.

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Once the mixture was dissolved – I poured over and mixed into the rice (which I already transferred over into a large bowl).

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Step 3

As you can see from my earlier pics, I started this late (around 8:30 pm) – so at this time, I was hungry and wanted to get things going. I spread the rice onto a baking sheet so the rice could cool faster (I didn’t mind creating more dish work for myself later).

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As it cooled, I wrapped my rolling mat in saran wrap for easier clean up.

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Step 4

I started making the sushi with rice, sesame seeds and fillings.

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Directions were very straightforward here, but I was intimidated, worried that my rolls wouldn’t come out nicely.

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BUT…I did OK! I’d recommend after rolling – cutting the rolls on a flat surface like a cutting board. I cut mine on a raised edge plate.

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Step 5

Make more sushi. This time around, I had my previous watchers and taste testers get involved. I traded out the saran wrap around the rolling mat for a zip close plastic bag. This was a better option, as the plastic didn’t roll off and scrunch up while “rolling”.

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Below are everyone’s sushi creations after we’ve eaten some and with plenty of rice and nori left over.

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Conclusion:
Taking pictures while cooking was harder than I expected, but I’m sure I would’ve moved faster had I not been playing chef and photographer. I had fun with this kit and it made those around me want to get involved (with cooking *not helping document, unfortunately). Everyone tested their sushi making skills and there were still rice and nori left over. I missed on the packaging where it says “makes 48 rolls”, so I was pretty stoked when I saw how much sushi we had made without using all of the ingredients.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Jackie August 20, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    We need to have a sushi party!!!! Looks so good!!!!

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