The five-in-one Miracle Sushi Master
MARIETTA -- While Ashley Brooks hardly considers herself a chef, she still enjoys whipping up a batch of California rolls for her college boyfriend Matthew Hilliard.
"It's delicious and it's good for you," she said.
Ashley makes her sushi on a bamboo mat but says it's kind of tricky.
"Cutting and making it stay together," she explained, "The ends always come out weird."
The five-in-one Miracle Sushi Master claims it can help anyone make delicious, professional quality sushi that even the greatest sushi chef will admire.
"It's pretty cool if it turns out that way," Ashley said.
The Sushi Master kit lets you make large, small, round, square, even heart shaped sushi. But all those options translate into nearly a dozen plastic parts.
After reading over the directions, the pair tried making the large round sushi rolls.
The mold held the seaweed sheet in place while Ashley filled it with the seasoned rice.
"So we're going to fill it half full with rice," Matthew said.
A wedge shaped tool made a groove in the rice where Matthew dropped in the crab meat, egg strips and vegetables.
Then Ashley added more rice and compressed everything with the round cover.
"We're going to pack it down tight," said Matthew.
The set comes with a special sushi knife that Ashley liked a lot. Grooves in the mold make cutting even slices a snap.
The final rolls were much larger than the typical sushi.
"They are super size," said Matthew. "They are very, very large."
Ashley didn't like the final rolls as well ones she makes because all the ingredients are clustered in the middle instead of being spread throughout.
"It looks like it has a lot of rice in it," said Matthew, "a lot of rice."
"It's just the presentation is not as appealing," he added.
To use the smaller molds you have to cut your seaweed sheets down to size.
"Using the product it also requires a lot of preparation," said Matthew. "You have to cut your seaweed and get it to the right length. And when you're done you have like 10 to 15 things you have to cleanup."
This couple's advice - save your $20. With a little practice, sushi's not that hard to make. Better yet - buy it at your favorite Japanese restaurant.
"We rate this product," our testers said, "the Sushi Master two thumbs down."