If you wish to learn how to make sushi, there are many things that you need to keep in mind. First, it is nearly impossible to make great sushi on your first try. There are a lot of things that you must consider when you are learning to make sushi. While rice may seem simple enough to make, in sushi, it is a fundamental ingredient and can be very difficult to master, just as an example.
The first step in learning how to make sushi is to master the rice. Sushi rice is a short grain Japanese rice blended with vinegar or other ingredients to give it a sour flavor without ruining the sticky characteristic that makes it so suitable for sushi. Sushi rice that is too sticky can be as disastrous to sushi as sushi rice that does not stick together well enough. Because of this, the rice should be the first thing that you focus on. Once you have learned how to make your sushi rice properly, creating vegetarian sushi is much simpler.
Th next thing to remember when you go to make sushi is that you cannot expect to be able to make sushi involving seafood immediately. Unlike cooking fish at home, sushi typically uses raw fish that must be checked and prepared a certain way before being fit for human consumption. Learning how to handle raw fish and knowing which types of fish must be frozen to kill parasites and germs, is fundamental to keeping your sushi safe to eat. Unlike sushi chefs from Japan, who spend several years learning how to professionally handle fish, those who make sushi at home do not have this benefit. Because of this, it is important to start with vegetarian sushi.
Nori is a common ingredient used when learning how to make sushi. Nori, or the dark seaweed that forms the base of the sushi wrap, needs to be unflavored and high quality. Nori that has been flavored is lower quality and can ruin the flavor of sushi. Nori can be used on the inside or outside of the sushi roll, although traditional sushi is served with the nori on the outside of the roll. Futomaki is the most common type of sushi that is made at home due to the fact that it is vegetarian and traditional. Futomaki uses a maki roll crafted of bamboo to help with the shaping of the wrap. This is a useful tool for beginners who are not yet ready to form nigiri rolls or uramaki rolls.