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Sushi is a Handcrafted Miracle

A Spiral

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Ingredients

For the rice:

  • 1 cup sushi rice, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups water, cold
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 cup shrimp
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 package suri nori seawood sheets
  • 1 packet soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Rice and Water

Sushi is made in stages. First you must rinse the rice with cold water. It apparently is dusty.

Then, you retrieve the wet rice and place it in a medium saucepan. Dump out the water you used to rinse. Add 1 1/4 cups cold water to the pan.

Since I have an electric stove, I used one burner on high to bring my rice and water to a boil. The rear burner was on low heat. When the rice started to boil, I covered the pan and moved it to the rear burner. Set timer for 20 minutes.

Resist urge to lift cover to check it. It needs to stay closed for the entire time.

Sushi rice, labeled as such

Sushi rice, labeled as such

I have one cup of rice, uncooked

I have one cup of rice, uncooked

Instructions on back label

Instructions on back label

Place rice in a glass measuring cup for rinsing

Place rice in a glass measuring cup for rinsing

Rinse the Rice - Discard Dusty Water

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A Medium Pan Works Well

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Retrieve rice from rinse water

Retrieve rice from rinse water

Place rice in saucepan

Place rice in saucepan

1 1/4 cups cold water

1 1/4 cups cold water

Add cold water to pan

Add cold water to pan

Rice and water

Rice and water

Two Burners - High and Low

Set Two Burners - One on high heat, second on low heat

Set Two Burners - One on high heat, second on low heat

Stir rice

Stir rice

Bring to boil

Bring to boil

Boiling

Boiling

Cover rice. Set timer. Move pan to low burner. 20 minutes. Do NOT open pan.

Cover rice. Set timer. Move pan to low burner. 20 minutes. Do NOT open pan.

Switch Burners - High Heat to Low Heat

Literally switch burners - high heat to low heat

Literally switch burners - high heat to low heat

Do NOT open pan

Do NOT open pan

Set timer for 20 minutes

Set timer for 20 minutes

Do NOT open pan

Do NOT open pan

Twenty Minutes Later - let Rest for 10 Minutes

It needs to absorb the water. The twenty minutes sets the stage. It sucks the water into the rice. Once the time is up, the rice must be removed from the heat.

Do not open the lid. Leave it rest, covered for 10 minutes. If you intend to roll it like I did, get 2 tablespoons of apple.cider vinegar ready.

Wait. You will need a non-metal bowl. I used an 8 cup Pyrex measuring cup. Scrape the rice into the glass and now add that vinegar. Stir it in.

At this point I covered the bowl with plastic wrap until I was ready to use it.

Filling and Rolling

Place a sheet of seaweed on the plastic wrap.

The first thing is to put your carrots across the seaweed in a line about three inches from the side. Then, place a line of avocado in the middle of these carrots. Then, place a line of shrimp next to the avocado.

I used a large plastic spoon to scoop some rice into the sheet in a single layer. Make sure you put sushi rice on top of the line of fillings.

Now, take some sesame seeds and sprinkle them all across the rice.

Prepare Your Fillings

At this point I cut open my avocado and sliced it the long way into strips.

My shrimp had tails on so I removed them and then cut the shrimp pieces in 1/2 inch pieces.

I had a bag of matchstick carrots, a bag of sesame seeds, a package of seaweed sheets.

Work Surface

I decided to use a kitchen towel for my work surface. I cut a piece of plastic wrap and placed it on the towel.

The plastic wrap will be used to manhandle and manipulate the seaweed wrap around your ingredients.

Time to Roll the Seaweed

It's important that you start on the edge next to the line of carrots.

Pull up on the plastic and get the seaweed rolling up and over the fillings.

It's like rolling up a blanket. The rice will stick together, and will bind the ingredients in the line. As the seaweed hydrates it starts to bind with the rice.

Completely roll into a log.

Slice With Sharp Knife

Take one roll and slice crossways in 3/4 inch pieces. Flip over on its side, and place side by side on a plate.

Fill a bowl with soy sauce or dipping sauce and enjoy!

Remove from Heat - Let Sit for 10 Minutes

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Rice is sucking up water

Rice is sucking up water

Remove from heat, 10 minutes. Do NOT open pan.

Remove from heat, 10 minutes. Do NOT open pan.

Non Metal Bowl - Add Vinegar

Non-metal bowl, glass measuring cup

Non-metal bowl, glass measuring cup

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

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Pour vinegar into rice

Pour vinegar into rice

Stir vinegar into rice

Stir vinegar into rice

Cover Rice with Plastic Wrap

Cover until you use it.

Cover until you use it.

Avocado

Select ripe avocado

Select ripe avocado

Slice open the long way

Slice open the long way

Remove pit

Remove pit

Place avocado on a plate for slicing into stripd

Place avocado on a plate for slicing into stripd

Discard peel

Discard peel

Slice long way into strips

Slice long way into strips

Loading the ingredients onto Seaweed

Carrots first, about 2- 3 inches from edge

Carrots first, about 2- 3 inches from edge

Add avocado and shrimp in lines over carrots next to each other

Add avocado and shrimp in lines over carrots next to each other

Like thus

Like thus

Cover all with thin layer of rice

Cover all with thin layer of rice

Sprinkle sense seeds across rice

Sprinkle sense seeds across rice

Sesame Seeds Sprinkled Across Rice

Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds

Note - Seaweed Has Slicing Guide Lines

Be aware of lines and make sure you orient your carrots, avocado and shrimp correctly

Be aware of lines and make sure you orient your carrots, avocado and shrimp correctly

Roll Tightly - Slice - Place on Plate

Use plastic to help pull up edge of seaweed. Roll up, make sure it's tight. Remove plastic from top as you roll.

Use plastic to help pull up edge of seaweed. Roll up, make sure it's tight. Remove plastic from top as you roll.

Place rolled roll on cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut off slices

Place rolled roll on cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut off slices

Flip on side to display design.

Flip on side to display design.

Pickled Ginger Slices - Soy Sauce

Slice

Slice

Place on side on plate

Place on side on plate

Pickled ginger

Pickled ginger

Packet of soy sauce into bowl for easy dipping

Packet of soy sauce into bowl for easy dipping

Enjoy!

Enjoy!