If you plan on making your own sushi rolls at home, you will need to invest in a high quality bamboo sushi mat. There are a lot of things that you need to remember when you are making your own sushi rolls. The rice must have the right blend of stickiness versus vinegar taste, while the nori must be of high quality. The ingredients that go into the sushi roll, regardless of whether it is fish or vegetables, must be of the highest quality so that the flavor of the sushi can be as good as possible. High quality ingredients are essential for good sushi.
Rolling sushi can be difficult for those who have never done it before. Because the roll must be firm without being crushed, the bamboo sushi mat is used to make the form of the roll. As the flexible bamboo mat can easily wrap around the food you are rolling, it is possible to get the shape you desire without crushing the ingredients or the rice. However, it takes a certain amount of skill in order to be able to make the sushi roll into the proper cylinder shape best suited for sushi.
Before you practice rolling sushi with a bamboo sushi mat, you need to master the art of making sushi rice. Sushi rice typically takes about an hour to make, if you include the time that the rice must absorb water and the time it takes to clean the rice. One of the mistakes that people make when cooking sushi rice is that they either do not clean the rice properly or they do not allow it to soak as long as it needs to soak for. Both of these errors can lead to inferior sushi rice. No matter how good you are with a bamboo sushi mat, your sushi rolls will not be good if you do not make high quality sushi rice. Another common error of those new to making sushi is the use of flavored nori. While it may seem like an interesting idea to experiment with how flavored nori can alter the taste of sushi, sushi should be made with high quality, unflavored nori. Any other type of nori is considered unsuitable for use with sushi.
However, using premium ingredients can be very expensive, especially if you are practicing with your bamboo sushi mat. In cases like this, it is typically acceptable to use less than premium ingredients. However, even when practicing, you should try to avoid waste. This is culturally important, as it is considered extremely rude in Japanese culture to waste food or soy sauce.