I like this recipe because it is pretty easy and I have gotten good results everytime I use it. It is adapted from a couple of different recipes. (This makes almost 2 cups of seasoning, I put what I have left in a jar or bottle and refrigerate)
- For the seasoned vinegar: Combine ingredients in a small sauce pan over med-low heat until sugar and salt are dissolved.
- Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator.
- For the rice: Put 3 cups of rice in a large bowl and rinse until the water is clear.
- Drain the rice and add the 3 cups of cold water to a pot with a good-fitting lid.
- DO not cover the pot yet, though.
- Over high heat, bring to a simmer.
- Once the rice is simmering, cover rice and reduce the heat to medium low.
- Cook for 10 minutes without removing the pot lid at all.
- Turn heat down to the lowest setting and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Now, turn off the heat and let the rice sit in the pot ON the stove for 15 minutes.
- Turn the rice into a wooden, glass, or stainless steel bowl and sprinkle with 6 tbsp of seasoned vinegar.
- Mix the vinegar with the rice with a cutting motion being careful to only mix for about 5 minutes Max.
- Cover rice with a damp towel and allow to cool to room temperature.
- This rice is easiest to manipulate while it is room temperature or warmer.
- If you refrigerate the rice it gets harder to work, but you could save it for leftovers--just keep it covered with a damp cloth.
- This makes enough for about 10 rolls of Maki-sushi or 60 pieces of Nigiri-sushi.