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8/14/12 7:43 P

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Those are nice, but they were always too pricey for me ;) I started with a FreshFit lunchkit that I found at Ross for about $5. I've also got one that's a baby snack container from Target.

I saw some nice lunchkits at HEB (grocery store in TX) today for $1 or $1.50 - they had a divided compartment and a lid that holds a matching fork & knife.




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8/14/12 3:08 P

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I just bought one of the boxes from laptoplunches.com and I like it so far! It is a little more "Westernized" with small lidded containers inside a larger box, but that's why I chose it. It seems easier to get started with than the more traditional bento boxes.

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8/8/12 12:08 P

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Here are my favorite bento reference sites.

I use the site at justbento.com for all my basics (including the best rice I've ever made) and bento safety tips. Makiko is my go-to bento authority, especially for Asian-inspired bento.

http://justbento.com/handbook/bento-basi
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Lunch In A Box doesn't seem to be getting updated any longer, but she's got some good ideas for non-traditional bento items (especially those that use leftovers).

http://lunchinabox.net/

Jen @ Not Exactly Bento packs lots of non-traditional food as well. Recipes are included for many items.

http://notexactlybento.com/

Some key things that I do to make life simpler are to:
-Make large batches of both brown and white rice and pre-portion them for lunches. Rice freezes and reheats just fine.
-Build up a bento stash (Johbisai) by overcooking when I'm preparing dinners, etc. For example, make & cook extra meatballs without the sauce & freeze. Then you can just pull out when needed for lunch. Many items won't even need to be defrosted for packing if you're leaving your bento at room temperature. There's a list of ideas here: http://www.justbento.com/handbook/johbisai



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8/8/12 9:41 A

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Hey everyone. As the title states I'm bento clueless, and am currently stuck bringing dehydrated noodle bowls to work as my lunch and peanut packs for breakfast since it's fast and easy. I'm hopeing you guys can help me on the path to figuring things out since I'm really tired of my somewhat boring habit.

Things I'm interested in learning are:
Bento Safety
New Recipies
Creative ways to make bento
Ways to save time
Portioning out leftovers for your bento box


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