Lunch Packing Tips..

Since I started using Bento boxes for lunch and dinners, I have gotten a lot of questions about them.. everything from portion control to how do I pack them.. I will try to address all of those questions here in one post.

Lunch box & Bento Care:
1.) Bento boxes as well as most painted lunch boxes should never be put into the dish washer. Wash by hand with a gentle non-abrasive soap.
2.) Most Bento boxes are microwavable but the lids are usually not. If you are unsure about your box, its best to use it with foods that do not need to be reheated.
3.) Lots of Bento’s come with a matching bag to carry your lunch in.. these bags do not need washed very often unless you spill something on them or carry dirty silverware in them. Should you need to wash your bag, I suggest doing it by hand in cool water with a mild soap and wash the bag inside out.. this will keep your colors from fading and bleeding.
4.) Should you use something that contains a lot of oil, you may need to add some extra soap into that part of your bento and spread it around with your hand and rinse to completely remove the oily texture.

Q: Bentos look too small to keep me satisfied… how much food do they hold?
A: Bentos come in all sorts of shapes and sizes ranging from the minuscule to the over indulgent. The average 2 tier bento will usually hold as much as 1 dinner plate. You can also buy side cars for other snacks.

Q: I like portion control that bentos offer but how do I choose the right one for me?
A: The first step in finding the proper bento is to assess your appetite and nutritional needs.. usually a 2 tier bento and 1 side car is more than enough food for the average adult. If your appetite is small a 1 tier bento with a removable divider is a great option. The next step is finding the bento design that you love. :) I like the ones with the matching bags because its a perfect place to carry my bottled water.

Q: What should I pack in my bento & how do I pack it?
A: You can pack anything you like in your bento.. I try to pack a healthy assortment of foods. The key to keeping your foods from moving around is to stuff your bento full. This will keep foods from moving around and mixing together when traveling. If you do not have access to a fridge or microwave pack your foods accordingly or pick up an ice pack to keep perishable items cold.

One Response

  1. Kris Says:

    Good Info :) I miss you.

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