Makisu is a rolling mat tool used to roll sushi when making maki sushi rolls.

It is very convenient if you have it at home when you want a homemade maki sushi, however, it can be a bit high maintenance.

You have to pay attention not to let the ingredients (rice or fish) touch the makisu, and also store it in a way so that it doesn’t get moldy.

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So even sushi lovers who have one may be wishing for a more convenient way to prepare their rolls.

Well, let us show you the way! Japanese Twitter user Orie (@orie13a) has posted a great cooking lifehack to make perfect the perfect maki sushi with saran wrap, an item more households would have on hand.

For an example, Orie used the ever popular negitoro (diced tuna with green onion). Here's a method of making perfectly rolled negitoro maki sushi substituting saran wrap for a rolling mat.

Source: @orie13a

The key is to place the tuna right in the center on the rice of 1:1 ratio, while giving 3cm space on the seaweed at the top as shown below.

Source: @orie13a

Source: @orie13a

Orie shared the easy to follow method on Twitter, explaining:

“Since I’ve been getting used to using saran wrap instead, I no longer use makisu anymore. It’s so easy since I can just toss the plastic wrap after each use. You spread the rice thinly on nori seaweed, so you can use more tuna. This is great to go with alcohol. I wasn’t great at it at first, but giving a 3 cm gap on the seaweed and 1:1 rice space ratio when placing the negitoro is the key to making a better roll.”

Voila! Many on Twitter were pleasantly surprised and even amazed at the simple trick, and seeing how perfectly made the rolls were with such a simple substitute. Since it’s a saran wrap, you can simply toss it after each use so it also has a hygienic advantage. You don’t have to worry about making such a mess when making some maki sushi anymore!

Source: @orie13a

By - Mugi.