This Is How Long Sushi Will And Can Last

Raw fish stored too long can make you sick.

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Sushi is one of the kinds of food that you might instantly think of when visiting Japanese restaurants. There are many kinds of sushi including the more stuffed California maki that is basically strips of crabstick or kani, mango, and cucumber wrapped in sticky sushi rice and seaweed and rolled in fish roe known as masago or tobiko. 

Ordering sushi and having it delivered to your home has become super easy during these times and that's where knowing how to store these until you're ready to eat them is important. 

You have to remember that many kinds of sushi are made with raw ingredients, particularly raw tuna or salmon. If you ordered sashimi, it is even more important to know how to store these since these are not prepared in any way other than sliced fresh from frozen. 

If you enjoy sushi and other food that contains raw fish, here are some answers to questions that you need to know and what you can do: 

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1 How do you store sushi once it arrives at your home?

Sushi should be stored in the refrigerator immediately or as soon as it arrives if you are not going to eat it right away. In fact, two hours at room temperature is the recommended time that raw fish should be left out. 


2 How long will sushi stay safe to eat in the refrigerator? 

The refrigerator is the safest place for sushi and raw seafood so keep it cold until the last second that you will serve it. Eating cold sushi after all is best. Cold seafood stays firm. Nobody wants to eat raw fish that is limp and warm. 

If you're not going to eat the sushi within the day, you can store the sushi for about 24 hours or a full day. After that, it's safer to cook raw fish and other seafood to prevent foodborne illnesses that may have developed while in storage. 

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3 What is the best way to serve sushi and other raw seafood safely? 

Once the food is out, you don't have to rush through the meal in two hours if you have lots of sushi and raw seafood to serve. The key is to keep these food cold. Placing your food trays and plates on a bed of ice will keep it cold while you're leisurely dining. 

4 How long can you store leftover sushi? 

If you have leftover sushi that you can't consume during the meal, it's best to store these back in the refrigerator. You still have about 24 hours before you should check for freshness. If you have sashimi, you can even freeze these fish since some fish are usually frozen to kill parasites that they may have. This is also why cooking seafood is still best for preventing foodborne illness. 

Here are signs that your sushi or raw fish is no longer fresh:

  • ‚ÄĘ sliminess
  • ‚ÄĘ ammonia, sour, or other unpleasant odors
  • ‚ÄĘ dull, dry texture¬†

Here are more information on sushi plus a California Maki video recipe that shows you exactly how to roll sushi easily using those bamboo mats:   


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