So maybe your asking yourself, okay, self, what kind of rice do i use for this.The best rice to use for regular onigiri is usually sold as Japanese rice or sometimes as’sushi rice’. ‘Sticky rice’, ‘sweet rice’ or ‘glutinous rice’ is not the same. Make sure you wash the rice well before you cook it.Japanese-Onigiri-Rice
You should keep your spices and herbs in a space that is cool and away from light. Humidity, light and heat can cause your spices and herbs to lose their flavor. Do not expect your spices to last more than a year. Spices that are not ground can keep their flavors for 3 to 5 years. When stored properly, they will stay fresher longer.
Not much planning or advanced preparation is required for making onigiri. All you need is some warm cooked sushi rice, salt, and a few flavorful additions.
It is extremely important that your knives are always sharp. Only the dull-witted use dull knives, as they are both ineffective and dangerous. You have a much higher chance of cutting yourself because you will probably have to force the knife through your food, instead of having to gently cut it.
I always relied on a Japanese rice cooker and didn’t learn how to make rice any other way until after college.*
It is possible to do a lot of preparation beforehand in order to speed up the cooking process and make it easier. Look through any recipes you make before you begin and prep accordingly, this can save you time before you cook letting you concentrate on your task when the time comes. A lot of the preliminary work can be done a day before you cook the meal. This makes preparing even more complex recipes fun and fast.
* In case you could use a rice-cooking primer, here it is. Rinse 1 Â½ cups of sushi rice in water, drain, bring the rice to a simmer in a saucepan with 2 cups of water, cover and lower the heat to medium-low for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and keep the saucepan covered for another 10 minutes.
Store your dry goods, like sugar, flour, baking mix, and so forth, in airtight containers. Not only will these containers make sure your foods aren’t contaminated by bugs, the lack of air will keep your goods fresher for longer. It is possible to buy these containers almost anywhere and they are well worthwhile.
You can leave the rice plain, mix additions like herbs, seasonings, or finely chopped meat and vegetables into it, or place a filling in the center of the rice ball.
When preparing dishes that require heavy seasoning, you should add the seasoning gradually over the total cook time. Doing this helps the food get the most flavor and more out of the ingredients you used.
If you choose to fill your onigiri, pick something flavorful. That way, if you are eating it on the go, you don’t have to use a dipping sauce. A few bits of leftover broiled fish or fried chicken can go a long way. If the filling needs a little boost, mix it with a touch of soy sauce, lemon juice, mayonnaise, or hot sauce before tucking it into the rice and forming a ball.
To have especially flavor rich foods, produce your own stock. If you make huge amounts of stock at once, you can put the excess in the freezer using resealable bags. By doing this, you’ll always have homemade stock available whenever you are in the mood to cook soup. In creating your own stock at home, you are assured that it isn’t loaded with preservatives.
Other traditional onigiri ingredients like tsukudani (seasoned kombu seaweed) and umeboshi (pickled plum) are also ideal because they keep for a long time and take up little space. Don’t fret if you don’t have these ingredients on-hand; you probably have several promising options (canned tuna? pickled vegetables? Vegemite?) just waiting to be rediscovered in your pantry.
Include some salt in the water when you make pasta. This is so that the seasoning will set into the pasta. Salting pasta after cooking it results in a less flavorful pasta dish.
I use a Zojirushi rice cooker and find that it is the absolute best for making any type of rice. Also, it is programmable to start coooking whenever you want and will sing a song for you when the rice is done. If you are serious about Sushi or Onigiri, you should already have one of these.
If you plan to make salsa ahead of time and it won’t be eaten immediately, you should rinse raw onions off and make sure to dry them off. Onions that are fresh have a great deal of sulfurous gas. Your freshly made salsa can be ruined by this gas. The gas is eliminated if you rinse and pat the onions dry.
Cook meals you can serve proudly and confidently for important guests. Regardless of who it is, you can’t impress them if your meal ends up tasting bad. Your guests will be more appreciative of a simple but tasty meal that you already know how to prepare well.
An advanced tip is to never let the rice totally cool before placing your filling inside. Once your filling is in the onigiri, make sure you allow it to cool, or else your onigiri will most likely fall apart. Place it in the refridgerator for at least ten minutes before eating.