I came up this this DIY diddy in a pinch when I was having a Make Your Own Sushi Party and the store had only two mats that would be shared among 12 people, not good. Despite regular grocery stores now carrying all the ingredients needed to make sushi, they often don’t stock the tool to accompany the tastes. I was making the basic items and was having everyone bring a sushi stuffing ingredient of their choice, so there was no chance for a last minute switcheroo. Plans were set. As I didn’t want a watch and wait type of soiree, I grabbed some bamboo skewers and some extra sake(incase this idea didn’t work) and headed home. With a little hustle and some creative license I made sushi mats. The additional sake was still consumed despite the crises aversion or to celebrate the success depending on your disposition. Enough chatter, here is the full instructional:DIY Sushi Mat
You will need:
Bamboo Skewers (about 60)
Plastic wrap (not pictured)
Cut one skewer to 7 1/2 inches. You can go bigger if you like, depending on the rice of your Nori/seaweed paper.
Using that skewer as a measurement guide, cut the rest of the skewers using area of your shears used for breaking bone. It can be identified by the indentation in the blade. It is possible to cut up to four skewers at once depending on your shears, but two a a time is a safe bet.
Cut two pieces of duct tape to 12 inches in length. This is assuming the mat is going to be ten inches in length leaving you a 1 inch overlap on each side.
Line the tape, sticky side up, vertically with about a two inch gap between the strips allowing the skewer to slightly overhang on each side. Then place the first skewer horizontal 1 inch from the bottom of the tape on each side.
Continue to layer the skewers about 1/16 of an inch apart or about enough to slide the skinny side of a Nickel between each one. Keep layering until you are an inch away from the top cut of the tape. Use the picture below as a visual reference.
Fold the overlapping tape around the top and bottom of the mat.
Cut two more lengths of tape at 12 inches and then lay them on top, sticky side down, of the mat using the tape on the opposite side as a guide. Then fold the overlapping edges, repeating what you did on the previous side. Press the tape firmly on each side making sure that it sticks to the skewers.
There you have it! Sushi Swagger.
Before you get ready to roll, work the mat a bit to loosen up the stiffness of the tape and to make sure that all skewers are securely in place.
Wrap your mat in plastic wrap before you roll your sushi as it helps keep things clean and the rice from sticking.
PS. Make your own sushi parties are clutch. So much fun to be had by everyone.