Sushi Means Seasoned Rice NOT Raw Fish – Birmingham Sushi School

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I had Sushi once.  It was in a Kroger Marketplace. It was okay but I failed to see (or taste) what all the fuss was about. (Perhaps that’s because it was grocery store sushi.)

(This is NOT a sponsored post. I paid for my tickets and am sharing because I thought it was a great event.)

Still, I am always up for trying new things.

cucumber jalapeno sushi roll Birmingham sushi classes

When an advertisement for a Sushi making class at Stones Throw Brewing in Little Rock popped up in my Facebook feed, I was intrigued.  I love to cook and how cool would it be to learn to make my own Sushi?

Kelly birmingham sushi classes

The class was taught by Kelly who started the Birmingham Sushi Classes a few years ago.  She is based out of Birmingham, Alabama and travels around the southern US teaching sushi making classes in small breweries.

She’s also available for small parties and dinners.  Learn more at

The class was fun and informative and the Sushi Rolls we made we so good! It turns out that the mediocre sushi I had at Kroger was most likely due to the rice having been refrigerated.  The rolls were easy to make and I left the class feeling confident that we could make sushi at home.

rolling sushi

Here are 6 Fun Facts about Sushi

  1. Sushi means seasoned rice and while it can contain raw fish, it doesn’t have to.
  2. Eel sauce doesn’t contain eel. It is made with sugar and soy sauce.
  3. Sushi rice should never be refrigerated and should be eaten within four hours. The seasoned vinegar that is added to it helps to keep in safe from bacteria.
  4. Pickled ginger is a palate cleanser and should be eaten after you finish your roll, not on your roll.
  5. Most wasabi is actually horseradish.
  6. Sushi is WAY easy to make, will save you money and will taste great.

Check out our video to see more about our evening making sushi at Stones Throw Brewing with Kelly from Birmingham Sushi School.

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