Frequently Asked Questions

Why has the name EasySushi ® been given to a utensil designed to make maki?

Only because the word SUSHI is the generic term used in Europe to describe all sorts of
preparations of rice and fish, including maki and California maki or California roll. Your
EasySushi ® sushi roller machine was also designed to allow you to create your own recipes for rolls and to
satisfy the most delicate as well the most demanding taste buds….

What products are needed to prepare sushi?

To succeed at good sushi, you need:

  • Quality Japanese rice or round Italian rice
  • Sheets of nori: seaweed pressed into thin sheets
  • Wasabi: a very spicy, green coloured horseradish paste
  • Sushi vinegar, a mixture of rice vinegar, water and sugar, which can be found ready to use, in powder or liquid form
  • White sesame seeds (shiro-goma) or black (kuro-goma), sold raw (arai-goma), toasted (iri-goma), ground (goma-suri) or as a paste (neri- goma)
  • Mirin: sweet rice wine
  • Sake: rice wine
  • Various fish like salmon, tuna, surimi sticks, fish eggs, etc…
  • Various vegetables such as avocado, cucumber, pickled radish, dried tomatoes, potatoes, red pepper, etc…
  • Herbs such as basil, fresh mint or coriander leaves
  • Goat’s cheese or cottage cheese
  • Fruits such as guava, banana, strawberry, apricot and exotic fruits

What utensils are needed to prepare and serve sushi?

The utensils needed for the preparation of sushi with your EasySushi ®:

  • A classic saucepan to cook your rice or better still, a pressure cooker for cooking it perfectly
  • A wooden container or stainless steel bowl to cool rice
  • A wooden spatula
  • A sharp knife. In Japan, there is a knife specifically for each stage of the production: a SANTOKU knife for cutting vegetables, fish and meat; a NAKIR knife for chopping vegetables, a SASHIMI knife to cut raw fish, a DEBA knife for hard ingredients such as big fish and meat bones, a GYUTOU knife for multiple uses. . .
  • A baking sheet to prepare your California maki
  • A damp cloth to clean your knife in between cutting each sushi
  • A chopping board
  • Plastic film for food
  • A square pan for the Japanese omelette
  • Present your sushi and sauces in small porcelain bowls and plates. Don’t forget the chopsticks and offer forks to the uninitiated.

What are the basic rules to follow for the preparation of raw fish in sushi?

Several days in advance, think about buying your fish making it clear to your fishmonger
that you want to prepare sushi. You must choose very fresh fish. Freeze your fish
immediately, at a minimum temperature of – 25°. It is recommended that you leave it for at
least three days in the freezer before eating, in order to eliminate all traces of bacteria.
Avoid buying ready frozen fish.
Once the sushi is prepared, keep it cool and consume it within twenty-four hours.

What types of sushi can I make with my EasySushi ®?

With your EasySushi ®, you can make maki, ranging from the most traditional to the most inventive. You can also make California roll, a maki made with a preparation of rice around
a sheet of nori seaweed and filling.
Finally, your EasySushi ® can be used for all your roll creations … So express your

Can you eat sushi with your hands?

Traditionally, in Japan, sushi can indeed be eaten without chopsticks, and with the hands.
However, there is nothing to prevent you from eating with chopsticks or even a fork.
And the same goes for nigiri-sushi, the rolls of rice topped with raw fish.

How many sushi should you allow per person?

In general, you should allow sixteen sushi per person, that is two rolls made with your
EasySushi ®, cut into eight, or twelve rolls per person, that is two rolls cut into six. The ideal is to combine the flavours by making seaweed based maki, California maki, nigiri-sushi, etc… .

How to choose good rice vinegar?

Rice vinegar is the essential ingredient in the preparation of good sushi. That’s why you
should choose the highest quality. It should be slightly bitter on the palate, leaving a
pleasant aftertaste. When preparing the rice, sugar will soften the bitterness of the rice
vinegar a little, and the right mix will enhance the quality of your sushi.

What ingredients or sauces accompany sushi?

To accompany your sushi, you can serve:

  • Soy sauce for seasoning
  • Ginger served as thin slices marinated in vinegar, to eat as a refreshment between each sushi
  • Wasabi the very spicy, green coloured horseradish paste

Is it necessary to moisten the sheet of nori seaweed before use?

It is not necessary to do so before use. Only after the roll is removed from your EasySushi® should you moisten the seaweed slightly. Then let it rest and the ingredients wrapped in the seaweed will moisten it further.

What to do if the sheet of nori seaweed is too dry for my taste?

To avoid this little unpleasantness, let the sushi rest a little longer before serving. The more they rest the more the ingredients wrapped in it will moisten the seaweed. Otherwise, you can use ¾ of the nori sheet only to make your maki, which will reduce the thickness around your preparation.

What if the plastic film from my EasySushi ® resists when I pull it?

If it resists, do not force it. Open your EasySushi ® and see if the rod is secure or if your cases are too full.

What if my sushi is too soft?

If the rolls obtained with your EasySushi ® are too soft it is because you have not filled the two cases sufficiently. To correct this, reinstall the rod of the film pulley into the casing of your EasySushi® and replace your roll inside. Close your EasySushi ® and pull on the rod to put pressure on the roll. This little operation will allow you to make perfect sushi.

How to pack down the ends of the rolls obtained in my EasySushi®?

To pack down the ends of your rolls, you can use a knife or spatula soaked in water to prevent the rice from sticking later.

Why does the sheet of nori seaweed sometimes tear on making the sushi?

The nori can actually tear if you have overfilled your case. It can also tear when you wait before making your roll, the seaweed then being too moist.

Is it possible to make a mess of the sushi making with my EasySushi ®?

That can happen. In this case, if you have already struggled to close your EasySushi®, be sure to check the amount of the preparation in your case. Make sure it is not overflowing.
Similarly, with the fillings, make sure they are not coming out of your EasySushi®. Also take good care that no grain of rice is found on the unused portion of seaweed before closing your EasySushi®. Grains of rice could prevent the seaweed from sticking properly.
When the rice preparation is gently packed on the surface of the cases, the fillings properly distributed within the rice, and those which are not in the right place, removed, close your EasySushi ® and continue making your sushi as directed.

How to clean my EasySushi ® properly?

You will not have any health problems with your EasySushi ®. Unlike traditional bamboo mats, which systematically develop areas of mould despite washing, your EasySushi ® is composed of easily washable ABS and plastic materials for food. The rigid cases go in the dishwasher and the film pulley can be cleaned with a non-abrasive sponge and soapy water.This is a great Sushi roller.

When to change the film on the pulley on my EasySushi ®?

This film on the pulley can be changed depending on how you use your EasySushi ®. For intensive use, it is advisable to change it as soon as you notice a deterioration in the traction quality desired.

What drinks accompany the sushi?

A lot of wines go very nicely with the sushi. Your wine merchant will advise you according to your taste and the flavours that you choose for your sushi.
You can also accompany your sushi with champagne, beer from Japan (such as Asahi or Sapporo) or from elsewhere.
However, in Japan, two drinks are traditionally served with sushi: Sake, a rice wine served hot or cold and is drunk before each bite of sushi, and tea, the purists’ drink.

What is the nutritional value of sushi?

Sushi combines many nutritional qualities. Fish is naturally rich in vitamin B12, important for metabolism. More specifically, tuna and salmon, oily fish are rich in omega 3. This prevents cardiovascular disease.
The sheet of nori seaweed, which is wrapped round some maki, contains vitamin A and iodine. Vitamin A plays an important role in vision. As for iodine, it helps the proper functioning of our brain and helps to restrict the deposit of cholesterol on the artery walls.
The rice vinegar, found in the ricer preparation, has antibacterial properties, as does the ginger served sliced up.
The soy sauce that accompanies sushi, is rich in magnesium, potassium and iron. And wasabi, rich in vitamin C, protects our teeth from cavities.
Finally, it is important to remember that the sushi is relatively low in calories and is very easily digested.
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