Inspector of Gadgets: The Sushi Bazooka

White, cylindrical plastic Sushi Bazooka device lying on wooden table

Take a look at my lightsaber!
Picture: Dennis Lee

Inspector of Devices is our sequence that investigates, critiques, and experiments with a few of the most idiosyncratic single-use kitchen utensils in the marketplace (or discovered on eBay). The objective is to determine why on earth this stuff are, or have been ever, “a factor.” Which of them will genuinely shock us, and which of them will depart us wishing we hadn’t blown $9.99?

Since I’ve began this column, I’ve began to amass some actually attention-grabbing kitchen devices. Up to now, none of them have fairly completed the trick. My makes an attempt at utilizing the Eggstractor egg peeler resulted in bizarre hardboiled egg yolk extrusions and one of many grossest meals pictures I’ve ever taken. My try to skim fats with the Fats Magnet was practically fruitless. At the very least I had a pleasant stew for dinner that evening.

At present I’m testing a gadget known as the Sushi Bazooka. It’s designed that can assist you make makizushi, aka maki rolls, which apparently sufficient persons are doing at residence to justify the invention of this factor. Wonderful! Do you make sushi at residence? I don’t. Sushi nonetheless appears like such a deal with for me that I let the consultants deal with it.

The Sushi Bazooka arrived in a nondescript cardboard field with nothing on it, not even a label. After I pulled it out, I used to be instantly struck by how a lot this factor appeared like a lightsaber hilt. All of a sudden I used to be starring in my very own model of Star Wars as Darth Dennis. I swung the factor round making deep buzzing noises, precisely as a grown-ass man does when he’s alone within the kitchen. Then I put some rice within the rice maker and examined the Sushi Bazooka to determine the way it labored.

disassembled sushi bazooka in four parts, including what look like two cups and a rod

Picture: Dennis Lee

No directions have been included within the field. There was no approach for me to determine the right way to use this factor by myself, since none of it was notably intuitive. I figured that the lengthy stick within the center was some type of plunger, however that was about so far as I might get. I couldn’t work out what the hell was happening, so I nosed round on YouTube and located this useful video from the favored meals channel Emmymade. (This channel is nice, by the best way. It’s best to test it out.)

The Emmymade video did the trick, and no, there’s no approach on earth I might have figured this out by myself.

By then, the sticky rice was prepared. I seasoned it with a combination of rice vinegar, sugar, and salt, then let it cool off a bit. Within the meantime, I greased the within of the Sushi Bazooka with some vegetable oil. Sticky rice undoubtedly lives as much as its title and can stick to almost something, so the oil is an absolute necessity. (After a lifetime of consuming sticky rice I may inform you that if it sticks to the underside of your socks it’s finest to attend till it hardens to select it off, like a scab. I’ve so many life classes to show you all.)

rice tamped inside each half of the Sushi Bazooka chamber with the central rod in place

In order that’s what the tamper does!
Picture: Dennis Lee

I assumed once I first disassembled the Sushi Bazooka that the smaller white cylinder served solely as a plunger to push out the sushi rice from the tube. Nevertheless it seems it’s additionally to tamp down the middle of every half of the rice to carve out just a little rice canoe into which you stuff your fillings.

Sushi Bazooka stuffed with California roll ingredients

Let’s gooooo
Picture: Dennis Lee

For my inaugural sushi roll, I used California roll substances: crab stick, cucumber, and many avocado as a result of I’m a type of individuals who can by no means get sufficient avocado. After which I shut the Bazooka, with the tamper attachment screwed into one aspect. If I hadn’t seen the Emmymade video, I might not have understood you have been imagined to assemble it like this.

Sushi Bazooka reassembled, with the tamper rod sticking all the way out of the chamber

Able to push out!
Picture: Dennis Lee

This was lastly the Sushi Bazooka’s second to shine. It was time for the system to shit out a log of stuffed rice, onto a sheet of nori. After just a few turns of the plunger, I slowly pushed out the sushi roll.

An imperfect, slightly fissured  cylinder of rice extruding from the Sushi Bazooka onto some nori

Picture: Dennis Lee

Nicely, I missed the mark by an inch or so. Sadly, in the event you mess up the touchdown, you can’t repair this. Bear in mind how I stated sticky rice sticks to something? On this case, it fuses to the nori instantly. All my makes an attempt to maneuver the tube resulted in a ripped mess, so I gave up on making an attempt to repair it and rolled it up anyway, utilizing just a little water on the sting of the sheet to seal the entire thing shut.

My second try, nevertheless, was a winner, and I sliced it into excellent little rounds match for consuming. The rice layer did collapse once in a while whereas I used to be slicing, so it’s vital to notice that it’s best to pack the Sushi Bazooka tightly for one of the best outcomes. The pictures turned out properly, although.

Cross-section of two pieces of California roll sushi

Not too shabby!
Picture: Dennis Lee

Actually, I used to be fairly happy with the outcomes! You probably have all of your substances ready, it doesn’t take terribly lengthy to make a bunch of sushi logs which are able to slice. We had loads of California rolls for dinner that evening. Think about me impressed.

Whereas I ate, I began considering, questioning about different dumb creations I might make with this factor. Ought to I attempt stuffing a roll with a whole sizzling canine? Sand? Crayons? ChapStick?

Then a brilliant concept struck me, as if it have been despatched from one other dimension. I ought to stuff this goddamn factor with floor meat as an alternative of rice! Perhaps I might do a Huge Mac roll, full of pickles, onions, and American cheese, then grill it, prime it with extra cheese, particular sauce, and sesame seeds.

Sushi Bazooka chamber filled with raw meat, pickles, onions, and tiny rips of cheese

Oh sure.
Picture: Dennis Lee

I did briefly take into account consuming it uncooked, tartare-style, however I didn’t really feel just like the Sushi Bazooka was value contracting a food-borne sickness over. Although the road between meals I’ll and won’t eat is steadily blurry, avoiding a preventable catastrophe appeared like one of the best plan of action.

I imply, take a look at it. This can be the best factor I’ve ever completed.

Pink cylinder of raw meat extruded from Sushi Bazooka, fully encasing the Big Mac ingredients

What have I completed?
Picture: Dennis Lee

It took just a little bit extra strain to crap out the meat than the rice, however a meat log ultimately slid out painlessly with virtually no mess in any respect. I pinched either side shut with my fingers, sprinkled the meat log with a liberal quantity of salt and freshly cracked black pepper, and tossed the heinous-looking factor on the grill.

Meat log on the grill grates, turning brown and oozing some cheese out the side

How fantastic!
Picture: Dennis Lee

Allow us to get this out of the best way instantly: Sure, this appeared like a leaky turd. Because the meat contracted on the grill, the cheese began dripping out, simply as I had feared it might. The primary flip was fairly perilous as solely the underside half was cooked, however I persevered. Please respect and validate my existence.

To complete it off, I draped some extra cheese on prime and let the residual warmth soften it. Then I poured over a particular sauce created from ketchup, mayo, and pickle relish, and topped it with some sesame seeds. The shredded lettuce was represented as burger bedding, sort of like wooden shavings for a hamster. I’d initially considered cradling the entire thing right into a French roll, however then it wouldn’t look or really feel like sushi, would it not? And so there it was: Huge Mac Sushi!

Big Mac sushi topped with melted cheese, special sauce, and sesame seeds on a bed of shredded lettuce

Feast your eyes on this Huge Mac sushi!
Picture: Dennis Lee

My neighbor was out on the again porch whereas I used to be taking pictures, so I requested if she’d wish to attempt a bit. She obtained first crack at it. Then she checked out me and stated, “That is confusingly good.” I took a roll and ate it too, and you understand what? It was scrumptious. It was additionally type of blasphemous wanting. However I believe I’m onto one thing, everybody. I’ve a Rollie Eggmaster stashed away; maybe I might make a cylindrical Scotch egg or one thing. It doesn’t matter what I find yourself doing with it, don’t be stunned if I present up at your yard barbecue with a cooler stuffed with meat cylinders, muttering loudly to myself about how my genius is underappreciated.