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How to Store Sushi

Sushi is considered a delicacy by many. It tends to be expensive, and you need experience to make it properly and safely. It is important to know the proper way to store it. Check out this article to find out all the details in case you ever have leftover sushi.

A large dark platter filled with various sushi.

It took me a long time before I was willing to try sushi. The thought of eating raw fish did not appeal to me at all. Then, it was wrapped in seaweed. I thought there was no way that was going to taste good. I was so wrong.

Once I got over my preconceived ideas about sushi and gave it a try, I never turned back. I was sorry it took me so long to give it a go. There are so many types and variations that you may have to try a few before you find one you really like. Sushi fills you up quickly, and you may find yourself in a position where you just cannot eat anymore.

When you cannot eat any more sushi, it is essential to know how to store sushi properly. Continue reading to find out all the information you need to know about how to store sushi.

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What is Sushi?

A close look at an avocado sushi, salmon sushi, tuna sushi and cucumber sushi.

Sushi has been a part of Japanese cuisine for centuries. However, sushi did not make its appearance in the US until the early 1950s. Since then, it has gained a heavy following.

Sushi is typically raw fish wrapped in vinegared rice, which is then wrapped in nori, which is a type of seaweed. Sushi is a type of fast food that is intended to be eaten with your hands or chopsticks right after it is purchased. However, not all sushi contains raw fish.

Some of it does not have fish in it at all, while some other options have cooked fish. 

How to Store Sushi

A plastic platter of sushi and sashimi.

When ordering sushi rolls, we all have a tendency to order too much. It all sounds and looks amazing, and the sushi rolls seem small. However, they are deceiving because they fill you up quickly. So what do you do if you are faced with leftover sushi?

Sushi can be stored for 24 hours if you take care to store it properly. However, since a lot of sushi contains raw fish, you should not leave it out on the counter. You also must be careful not to eat it after its 24-hour expiration date. Bacteria can grow on it, and that will make you sick. 

If the sushi has cooked fish, you can push the expiration another day so that it can be eaten within 24 to 48 hours. However, it is essential to know that the longer it sits, the more the flavor degrades. One of the reasons sushi loses flavor is because the cooked rice loses moisture and becomes hard. 

If you want to store your sushi, you must pack it tightly together and wrap it in plastic wrap. Once you wrap it in plastic, put it in a sealed and airtight container. Once it is in the container, you must put it in the refrigerator.

How Long Can I Store Sushi?

This is a close look at a single sushi roll carried with chopsticks.

Depending on where you purchase the fresh sushi will dictate how long you can store it.

Raw sushi bought from a store should not be stored. It would be best if you did not plan to store it in your refrigerator. It would be best if you ate the packaged sushi within a few hours of purchasing it. 

Sushi from a sushi restaurant or sushi bar can be stored right away in the container if you want to eat it later. However, if you do not eat it right away, you should put it in a clean and resealable container and place it in the fridge. You must eat it within 24 hours. 

Sushi that you make at home can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 24 hours. 

If you purchase sushi and are bringing it home to the store, you should transfer the sushi to a clean and airtight container. You want to be sure that the container did not come into contact with any contaminants. The only way to do that is to make sure you move the sushi to another container. 

What Should I Know to Make Sushi at Home?

Various sushi rolls on a large dark platter.

If you want to make sushi at home, there are some critical steps to follow. First, you must purchase the freshest sushi-grade fish you can find. Sushi-grade fish is not something you will typically find in your average local grocery store.

You should visit a fish market to get the proper tuna or raw salmon for sushi. Remember, you are eating this fresh fish raw, so you must be sure it is fresh. Once you bring the sushi fish home, you must freeze it for a minimum of 24 hours.

The freezing process ensures that any parasites that might be on the fish are dead. When you are ready to use the fish, you must thaw it properly. You must eat it within 24 hours of thawing.

If you wait any longer than that, there is a risk of bacteria growth. Once the fish has come to room temperature, you must eat it or cook it within four hours. Otherwise, you should throw it away. 

How Do I Know if Sushi is Bad?

It is vital that you adhere to the 24-hour rule when it comes to consuming sushi. While it is raw fish, it should not smell like fish. If your sushi smells like fish, then you should not eat it. It is time to throw it away.

Even if the sushi only smells a little bit like fish, you should still throw it away and not eat it. There are health risks if you choose to eat sushi anyway. 


Can I Warm Up Sushi if it Has Raw Seafood?

Yes, you can use a microwave to heat up raw sushi and nori seaweed. It only takes about 30 seconds to rejuvenate the ingredients in your sushi, including the Japanese rice and imitation crab. Make sure to dampen a paper towel and place it over your seaweed. The sushi will pull in moisture from the paper towel. 

What Can I Do with Leftover Sushi Rice?

You can use your leftover sushi rice in other meals, such as fried rice or risotto. You can also freeze your sushi rice. You can store cooked sushi rice for up to one year in your freezer. You want to make sure that the rice did not touch raw fish. If it did not, once it cools, you can freeze it. 

What are the Names of Some Cooked Sushi Roll Options?

For those who are not interested in eating raw fish, there are sushi roll options that contained no fish or cooked fish. These include avocado maki roll, kappa maki roll, California roll, Philadelphia roll, which contains cream cheese, and shrimp tempura roll. These are just a few of the cooked options. There are many more for you to enjoy.

What Rice Should I Use for Sushi?

If you want to cook traditional sushi that meets Japanese standards, you should use Japanese rice. This rice is short-grain rice, and it is what is used in authentic sushi. This type of rice has a distinct consistency, texture, and flavor that you will not get from other types of rice.