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Good information to have. Not sure i'll be making sushi, but hope to invite myself to your table for some. Smiley Happy
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A while back, on another thread, the original poster quoted a story about couples, but the quoted material included the couple stating that they avoid all sushi, alluding to health concerns.


That statement bugged me. It’s pretty common to hear that ‘sushi’ is not a food for the  'elderly’ or for seniors. Take this Care2 article 9 Healthy Foods Seniors Shouldn’t Eat and here Aging Care lists ‘sushi and sashimi' as foods ‘elderly’ people should not eat. It just isn’t that simple. For instance: while it is true that certain seniors should avoid raw fish, and it is also true that many sushi chefs serve raw fish, sushi is not necessarily raw fish.



sushi roll on mat.jpgSo let’s chat a bit about sushi, shall we? Hopefully we can not only clear up some misperceptions, but also leave you feeling empowered to prepare a perfectly healthy sushi roll at home.


Let’s start with a few definitions. Sushi technically is the vinegared rice. Here in America we use the word to mean everything from temaki to nigiri.  Sashimi, on the other hand, means raw fish. Here's a nice comparison of sushi and sashimi.


So while something on the menu called sushi may contain raw fish, it also may not. You'll want to read the menu carefully and ask your server questions to be certain what you are ordering.


And guess what? I have an even better idea: learn to prepare sushi at home and you’ll not only be confident of the type of fish on your plate, but you’ll know if you are eating raw fish.


Rather than write out a sushi lesson, I gathered some online sushi lessons from well-respected chefs. But first, let me say that a small, drained can of crab; spiced with cracked pepper, paprika and garlic with a nice rounded spoonful of plain yogurt mixed in; sliced avocado; matchstick-thin carrot slices and perhaps ever-so-thin pickled asparagus spears will wrap up nicely in nori and top off well with wasabi sauce and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. You’ll probably get 4 or 5 sushi rolls (6-8 pieces each) out of that can of crab. Just sayin’.


Pioneer Woman’s sushi lesson: Note: I put my mat inside a zipper bag. Much quicker and easier than covering it in plastic wrap.


Pioneer Woman’s perfect sushi rice recipe:


Masaharu Morimoto's take as published by Food & Wine:


Sushi Now goes all through the rice cooking and rolling process:


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Even More Information:
The Kitchn: When & Why is Raw Fish Safe to Eat:


Here's a site I call Sushi University. I list it in case you decide to throw a sushi party this summer. You’ll want to be in the know on all the traditions, plus be able to pontificate on the various types of sushi. Smiley Happy SushiFAQ 


Food Safety Magazine article about time/temp abuse of refrigerated foods. (Hey, fish, we're looking at you!):

BTW, who are the elderly, medically speaking? It isn’t me. And it may not be you. The medical definition of the elderly is an ill person of 65 or greater years or a person older than 75. People in these groups should be especially careful about the sushi they eat. (source:

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Knowing the ins and outs of commercial and homemade sushi can keep you from falling ill. Why not try your hand at rolling healthy, flavorful sushi? I think you'll enjoy knowing exactly what's inside your nori. Be sure and be safe!








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