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    Galley Wench
    Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:59 pm
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    Does anyone have experience making sushi rice in a bamboo steamer?
    Stella Mae
    Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:33 am
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    I suppose you could cook the rice in a steamer, if you wanted to, but it's unnecessary. Rice that is used in sushi or other Japanese food is short grain rice and can be cooked in a rice cooker or stove top. You can buy excellent quality short grain rice at most supermarkets.

    What makes it "sushi rice" is that once it's cold, you will add rice wine vinegar, sugar and salt in specified amounts. Here's a link that will help explain the proportions.

    http://www.sushifaq.com/homesushi/howtomakesushiathomesushirice.htm
    Galley Wench
    Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:12 am
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    Thanks for the reply. I do not have a rice cooker and have read that it's difficult to cook on the stove top . . . has a tendency to burn. I've experienced problems with just calrose rice, so can imagine the problem with the short grain rice. Went to a sushi demo this week so know the basics, just wanted to put my steamer to work.
    Stella Mae
    Thu Jul 30, 2009 4:36 pm
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    Hi Galley Wench! I've boiled long grain as well as short grain rice stove top. The secret is to cover it and simmer (don't peek!) as it gradually boils down. You can test for doneness with a fork in the center after ten or fifteen minutes. If the rice separates easily and is not gummy, it's ready. If you stir any kind of rice while it's cooking, it is guaranteed to be gummy!

    Try the bamboo steamer and tell us how you like the results. It'd be interesting to know.
    Galley Wench
    Thu Jul 30, 2009 4:39 pm
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    Thanks, will do! Seems strange to soak rice and then lay it on a wet towel and steam . . .but hey, won't know unless I try!
    Galley Wench
    Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:35 pm
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    IT WORKS!!!!!!!!! Put the rice on to soak before going to bed last night and steamed it this morning! Worked like a charm!

    Just finished making California rolls . . . also made a mess too, but hey, it was my first time! They are so yummy.gif

    Just posted the recipe: Sushi Rice Made in Bamboo Steamer
    Rinshinomori
    Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:12 pm
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    Galley Wench wrote:
    IT WORKS!!!!!!!!! Put the rice on to soak before going to bed last night and steamed it this morning! Worked like a charm!

    Just finished making California rolls . . . also made a mess too, but hey, it was my first time! They are so yummy.gif

    Just posted the recipe: Sushi Rice Made in Bamboo Steamer


    I am impressed Galley Wench! I did not think it would work and did not want to discourage you by commenting.

    Congrats! I looked at your recipe and it looks good.
    Galley Wench
    Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:20 pm
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    That makes two of us (thinking it wouldn't work). I'd tried once before, but think the problem was I didn't soak long enough. Soaked it overnight this time.
    duonyte
    Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:21 pm
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    When I took Chinese cooking classes a number of years ago, we would make rice in the bamboo steamer by rinsing it a number of times, then putting it in a heatproof basin and covering with water. THen put in the bamboo steamer, cover with the top, and steam about 20 minutes or so, until done. It worked a treat. Of course, that was long grain rice, but I think it would work with the short grain rice too.
    Gab's
    Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:58 pm
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    Galley Wench wrote:
    IT WORKS!!!!!!!!! Put the rice on to soak before going to bed last night and steamed it this morning! Worked like a charm!

    Just finished making California rolls . . . also made a mess too, but hey, it was my first time! They are so yummy.gif

    Just posted the recipe: Sushi Rice Made in Bamboo Steamer


    Well I have to try this, it really sounds interesting.... will let you know how it turns out for me icon_smile.gif thanks for the recipe
    Galley Wench
    Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:07 am
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    It really is fun. . . let me know how it works out!
    Gab's
    Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:05 pm
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    didn't turn out as bad..... my first time making sushi rice.... lol thanks for the tips
    Rinshinomori
    Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:52 pm
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    icon_biggrin.gif Is this the first time making sushi rice? By making rice in a steamer, you do not own a rice maker right? But, rice can be made in a pot, clay pot easily too and perfectly (sometimes better than electric maker) and that's how it was made in old days when I was growing up. We had something like this when I was small - even outdoor cooking and it was my job starting around age 6-7 to make rice in Japan.

    Galley Wench
    Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:57 pm
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    I love to use 'different' methods . . . glad it turned out! Now, what the heck is the 'vessel' that you made rice in a child. . . .what was the process. Don't tell me I need another kitchen gadget . . . icon_biggrin.gif
    Rinshinomori
    Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:11 pm
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    BTW, very glad you were able to enjoy your sushi. I made sushi today too. It's what's called chirashi zushi or scattered sushi. I went and bought sashimi (raw fish) in a deli section of my Japanese market nearby ie already sliced and added other ingredients from the freezer and vegetables like avocado.

    This sushi is more of a Western style of flavors since I made a dressing of lemon juice, soy sauce, mustard and honey to toss sashimi and avocado.


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