Unitasker Wednesday: Sushi Made Easy

The first time I tried sushi and sashimi was in the 1990s in Topeka, Kansas, when I unknowingly had mononucleosis. Needless to say, I ended up in the hospital less than 24 hours later. My immune system and liver were not equipped to handle multiple-week-old raw fish, and neither was my stomach.

It took me five years, but I eventually tried eating sushi and sashimi again. The second, third, and fourth times I went, I made sure to go with my Japanese friends who had grown up in Tokyo and could teach me how to spot signs of bad fish and traditional etiquette for eating the meal. Eventually, I even took a couple sushi- and sashimi-making classes where I learned things like how to make maki sushi (typically fish and vegetables rolled in rice, covered in nori, and sliced into coins) on a makisu (a bamboo mat).

When learning to make maki sushi, our instructor didn’t mention needing anything more than the makisu, a sharp knife, and our hands. He certainly didn’t mention needing the Sushi Made Easy

The Sushi Made Easy extrudes rice, fish, and vegetables in a tube onto a piece of nori. Then, after oozing the rice, fish, and vegetables onto the nori, you have to roll the nori around the food tube with a makisu. So, while most people use just a makisu to roll up rice, fish, vegetables, and nori all at once, the Sushi Made Easy requires two additional steps and another piece of equipment for the maki-making process. It’s not Sushi Made Easy, it’s Sushi Made More Complex! It’s also sushi in the style of caulking your bathtub!

Before people point out that a makisu is also a unitasker, which is more-or-less true, know that you can successfully make maki using plastic wrap and bypass the mat completely. And, if you do own a mat, it barely takes up any space and can be used as a placemat or set under hot dishes on a table, so it’s sort-of a multi-tasker. Or, you can leave the sushi-making to professionals and avoid having to clean up the makisu (and Sushi Made Easy) afterward — just be sure to eat at a reputable place when you don’t have a compromised immune system.

Thanks to reader Candace for finding us this wonderful, sushi-pooping unitasker.

8 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Sushi Made Easy”

  1. posted by Meg on

    But its not a unitasker if I can also caulk my bathtub with it.

  2. posted by Michele Hays on

    Actually, I use a quart-or-gallon-size zip-top freezer bag for rolling maki: the zipper gives you leverage so you can get the roll really tight (and you don’t have to waste plastic wrap to cover your makisu like most people do.) It makes it easier to roll maki with delicate skins (like if you’re using usuyaki tamago – egg crepes)

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    @Michele — A zip-top freezer bag sounds like an awesome method. I’ll have to try that, too! I’ve become pretty adept at using just plastic wrap (no makisu), but I can see how the zipper would give that leverage edge. Nice.

  4. posted by WilliamB on

    I suppose if you had arthritis?

    Having tried many times to make various types of sushi at home, I’ve concluded that I can’t get the rice right and so leave it to the pros. In the interests of not wasting food, if they give me extra sushi rice (which is seasoned then airdried and flipped with a specific technique) I make inari.

    Now I’m hungry.

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    posted by chacha1 on

    I use my makisu underneath bananas. Keeps them from directly contacting the countertop. Have never made sushi at home … only sashimi. :-)

  6. posted by Anita on

    A few years ago, I bought a set of bamboo placemats that looked very much like makisu. So when I started making maki I used one of them rather than buying a makisu. They work remarkably well, and were also very nice placemats.

    We have since decluttered most of those placemats (only kept one set, and this one didn’t make the cut), but we kept one mat to use as a makisu. Funny how things work out.

  7. posted by Nikki on

    Okay, we actually use this item– my husband finds it helps him make the rolls, and if it means he makes sushi more often (rather than us going out for it, which is super expensive), I’m all for it! Not angry about it being on here though…

  8. posted by Her from there on

    Thats too funny Nikki – we own one too and its my husband who uses it. He loves it. He says it always gets the filling in the centre and its so easy to use. Maybe its a man thing? Since its like a caulking gun, they find it easy to use or something? Just for the record, I’ve been following unclutterer for about 2 years now and this is the first time I’ve owned something on the unitasker list : )

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