In today’s society, making sushi is about as easy for a homemaker as it is for a master chef. Yes, master chefs have trained for years to perfect their craft, but all you need to get things rolling at home are the ingredients, tools, and instructions you can glean from the Internet or cooking shows. With a bit of practice, you can go from a creating mediocre sushi to a truly inspired dish in no time at all.
Be forewarned. Depending on where you purchase your fish, making homemade sushi can be dangerous. Fish-borne parasites and bacteria can be extremely harmful to people when ingested, and the bad news is homemade sushi opens you up to these risks. An article by culinary consultant Marc Matsumoto on the PBS blog, discusses how purchasing your fish from all the wrong places can be hazardous to your health.
Just because it’s fresh doesn’t mean it’s safe to eat raw. Some fish, such as salmon, contain parasites that will make you sick unless they’ve been destroyed. Another potential problem is cross-contamination. This happens when “sushi-grade” fish gets cut on the same cutting board or using the same knife or handled with the same gloves as non-sushi-grade fish. If your fishmonger is storing unwrapped sushi-grade fish in the same refrigerated case as non-sushi-grade fish, this should be a big red flag.
Ultimately, what it comes down to is how much you trust your fishmonger to understand the best practices for handling fish meant to be consumed raw, and how much they trust their suppliers to hold the same standards.
Here lies the downside of preparing sushi on your own. To ensure that you are consuming the safest product possible, your best option is to find restaurants in Roseville, such as Mikuni Sushi, that can guarantee the safety of the sushi dishes they prepare.
How do the best sushi restaurants ensure the safety of their fish?
The FDA has a regulation that states that fish must be frozen first and held at a temperature of -35 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 7 days in order to destroy any potential parasites. The best sushi restaurants in Roseville, CA rigidly adhere to the FDA’s regulations, which is the reason you can be sure that the sushi they serve you is perfectly safe—and scrumptious.
(Source: The Myth of Sushi-Grade, Feb. 11, 2014)