Hasn’t this question at some point in your life lingered in your mind? Sushi is, with no doubt, one of the greatest culinary creations out there. When we’re left with it by ourselves, however, we ought to know some important information from the minds of the experts.
Say goodbye to the confused state of mind upon committing to the act of leaving left over rolls in your refrigerator. Let’s get something out of the way though – buying sushi to last you an entire week is definitely not a good idea.
How can you tell if the Sushi is any good?
- If the sushi is fresh, the fish must be firm and not soft, and house a fresh color without any foul smell.
- Trust your incredible sense of smell – one can easily distinguish freshness from a mile away. If you smell any acidic odor, it’s a sign of lemon or vinegar infused within the sushi going bad
- Fish salmonella has a distinct smell by itself, in addition to making the texture of the seafood slimy.
- Any sushi that contains fried/cooked seafood should be consumed within 24 hours.
How long can sushi sit out?
- It is recommended that store-bought sushi be consumed immediately, of course, especially to avoid an upset stomach. However, they are capable of lasting not more than 2 hours if kept out.
- Homemade sushi can often last between 2-3 hours provided the ingredients, especially the fish, is fresh.
*Do remember that no sushi should be left outside with direct contact of air as bacteria will inevitably develop and is a health risk.
How long does sushi last in the fridge?
- Storing sushi in the refrigerator with plastic contact paper, wrapped, and completely sealed; or in a container with a hermetic lid, will buy you about 24 hours the consume it, at best.
- If the roll has been made with an added sauce, or with the addition of avocado, no matter how much you try, it will not be consumable after a while. Remove any avocado before storing it.
Tips to extend the life of sushi
- If you are hosting a social event, consider using or ordering cooked, smoked, or fried seafood, regardless of it being homemade or store-bought.
- Choose recognized and certified sushi restaurants to order from
- Buy ingredients from trusted supermarkets or stores, especially the ones you are confident in for fresh items. They may cost you a little more but avoiding any health risks must be of utmost importance as seafood can affect individuals differently.
- If you are making sushi at home, roll just enough in quantity so you can store the ingredients separately in the refrigerator for another day.
- If you know the sushi is going to be left out for a while, especially in cases of gatherings, make a special request to the chef to avoid using any sauces or ingredients that can perish quickly.