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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Get the Kids Cooking | Making Sushi at Home with Yutaka


Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka


Sushi is one of our favourite foods - it's generally healthy, tasty and delicious. Even the kids are fans. It's hard to get your hands on anything decent in my hometown though. It's my dream that someone will open up a sushi bar here one day as unfortunately, supermarket sushi just doesn't really float my boat. So when Yutaka asked if we'd like to try making our own, we thought why not and spent Sunday afternoon perfecting our technique. 

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka - ingredients

First of all, you need to make your sushi rice. This is the longest part of the process and involves washing the rice 3-4 times before boiling for around 25 minutes. It's worth it though as once cooked you have your basic ingredient that can be transformed into anything really. Yutaka have created a special 'boil in the bag' style sushi rice and this does make the process easier.

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka - prepared sushi rice

I'm  not up to speed on technical terms (please see Big Stevie Cool's blog post for that) so please bear with me. First up, we decided to wrap the rice in seaweed with a simple filling of red pepper. The rice is very sticky but Harry LOVED getting his fingers messy. With his brother Jack's help and a little supervision, I think they did a grand job.

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka - using the rolling mat

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka - sticky sushi rice

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka - pepper sushi

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka - using a sushi rolling mat

We loved using the Yataka rolling mat which is available as part of a 'sushi kit for 2' or individually from most large supermarkets. The results were impressive, especially as this was our first time!

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka

Next up, Heidi used the Nigiri Sushi Maker to mould the rice into the perfect sushi shape. Although messy, this was super easy to do and she could manage without any adult supervision. We discovered it is best to pack the rice in as much as you can but again, we were so impressed with what Heidi managed to produce. As this was our first time, we simply topped with prawns and served with soy sauce and wasabi (for the grown ups - not recommended for kids).

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka - using a sushi mould

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka - how to mould sushi

A recent report found that the Japanese diet was one of the main reasons for their long lifespan and the ingredients we tend to use for sushi are renowned for being packed with vitamins and minerals. Letting the kids play with their food and make their own certainly encouraged them to try something new and the kids are now obsessed with chopsticks and have taken them to school to eat their fruit with this week! I'm definitely going to make the most of this obsession and make another batch of sushi for them to take in their lunch bag this week - it certainly makes a change from a sandwich.

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka

Our final attempt at sushi-making was prawns wrapped in sushi rice and coated in sesame seeds - again, something the kids were keen to join in with. Jack is only 5 year's old and it certainly grabbed his attention.

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka - using black sesame seeds

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka


Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka - coating sushi with sesame seeds

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka

We were REALLY happy with the finished results. I have a vague memory of us trying to create our own sushi around 10 years ago but it was a real disaster - with all of these new products and kits on the market now, it is honestly a piece of cake. We had lots of fun creating our own sushi and with lots of rice still left in our kit, I know what is going to be my go-to lunch now. My plan is to make a batch in the evening for the following day for Steve to take to work, the kids to take to school and for me to enjoy at home. We're definitely going to try a few different flavour combinations and I fancy trying Teriyaki Chicken next.

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka - homemade sushi recipe

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka - homemade sushi recipe

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka - homemade sushi recipe

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka - homemade sushi recipe

I also think with Christmas coming up, putting together your own sushi-making hamper or buying a ready-made sushi kit for 2 will make a unique and fun gift idea for any family who loves their food and cooking.

Sushi Making With Kids - A Tutorial for Beginners with Yutaka - homemade sushi recipe


Giveaway


The lovely people at Yutaka have provided us with a 'Sushi Kit for 2' to giveaway. The kit contains everything you need to get started including sushi rice, sushi seasoning, nori sheets, rolling mat, ginger, soy sauce and wasabi. Simply enter via the rafflecopter giveaway below (UK entries only). Good luck!





Disclosure | This is a collaborative post with Yutaka


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70 comments

  1. This looks like such a fun thing to do with the kids. I think my 2 year old would make a mess of it though.

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  2. This is so coooool. I am gonna try your recipe. :)

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  3. we would make some Maki Zushi Rolls

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  4. I love salmon and cucumber or chicken and avocado

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  5. ive never had a go at it but it looks fun

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  6. I would love to try your recipe as it looked delicious!

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  7. I have never tried Sushi but have always wanted to, I'd probably try smoked salmon and avocado :3

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  8. Anything with prawns! HUGE prawn fans in our house x

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  9. Chicken and avocado sounds delicious x

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  10. I would be up for trying anything, never done it before but the rolled ones look yummy

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  11. definitely something with rice, salmon and wassabi :)

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  12. If love to create sushi with Duck, my daughter loves the tesco one

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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  13. never tried sushi, but the ones you've made look lovely :)

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  14. my daughter would love prawn and cucumber sushi, she loves it x Sharon Lou Johnson

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  15. I'd love to have a go at making the prawn sushi

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  16. norman renendall21 October 2016 at 21:56

    dont know any sushi but would love to try it

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  17. I would like to try sushi with smoked fish or smoked chicken or smoked beef.

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  18. I made it once and I was impressed. Used prawn avocado and tuna, sesame seeds.

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  19. I'd like to make salmon sushi

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  20. As long as there is wasabi in it I'm gam to make and eat it.

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  21. anything with prawns :)

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  22. i have never tried it but my son loves it x

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  23. I've never tried it so something easy to start with!

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  24. My 4 year old niece is into tuna wraps at the moment. Making some sushi with tuna would grab her attention.

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  25. I've never made or tried one so maybe something simple like tuna

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  26. anything with salmon,we have made sushi once at home,it was lovely

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  27. didn't leave my right twitter url sorry https://twitter.com/jemjemdwyer/status/793493814069649409

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  28. I'd love to try and make something with raw salmon or tuna for me and husband and my 2 year old son would probably enjoy something with ham peas, sweetcorn and broccoli.

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  29. My favourites are tuna or salmon!

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  30. I'd make a chilli chicken sushi!

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  31. We all enjoy vegetarian sushi, especially if they have avocado.

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  32. Vegetarian (@PeanutHog)

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  33. I wuld try the chicken and Avocado looks brilliant.

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  34. I'd like chicken in mine with some pepper

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  35. I'd love to create a prawn and salmon one :)

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  36. I love to make some vege sushi, hopefully my sons would eat it!

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  37. I have no idea the name of it - but the one with prawns and soy sauce. I'm not a sushi expert! EJ Dunn

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  38. I'm vegetarian so I'd make rolls with cucumber and avocado

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  39. I love California rolls with Avocado mmmm yummy

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  40. Anything with salmon or tuna in it, yummy

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  41. I've never actually tried sushi so my daughter and I would make something easy and try it together.

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  42. I'm not big on seafood i.e. the prawns etc so would probably do something like salmon or some vegetarian ones :)

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  43. I'd love to try to make beef nigiri!

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  44. Thinking smoked salmon and lemon rice.

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  45. I'd love to make all types but salmon teryaki nigiri is my favourite

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  46. Think I would like to try the prawns wrapped in rice with the kids as I know they would eat and enjoy making :0)

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  47. I would really like to try this with my kids - see if they would eat it afterwards!!!!

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  48. salmon cucumber peppers tuna and prawn wouldnt mind adding cockles too

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  49. This looks such a fun thing to do with my girls! We are all actually vegetarian though so we would go down the non-traditional route, and have some of the amazingly delicious vegetarian sushi recipes available nowadays, using cucumber, red and green peppers, asparagus and avocado.....yummy!

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  50. Rachael FH - any veggy one looks great

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  51. I had to comment anon because I don't know how to not! My rafflecopter is r.wal***@live.co.uk - RachaelFH

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  52. id love to try and make sushi with tuna

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  53. I love salmon and cucumber or chicken and avocado

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