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6/13/11 12:56 P

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I use my Laptop bento box...mostly then I have random containers and a few lunch bags that I use to break up the bordom..I have one ordered that hasn't got here yet it is red and oblong with a band to keep it together. I am excited to see it!!

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4/10/11 9:18 A

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My hubby bought me the red Lube Sheep set from CKENTFIELD's link in a set with a really cute carrying bag & chopsticks.

The one I use most often, though is the "Leaflet Tight" 650ml box that I got at a local Asian market (because it's microwave-safe).

http://www.amazon.com/Leaflet-AMA9-003-B
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I've been a little lax about packing myself a bento lately though.





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4/3/11 5:15 P

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Oh, and then I also got some accessories and some toppings for rice (the actual name for them I can't remember) off of j-list.

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4/3/11 5:12 P

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A couple of years ago i got a bento set off of e-bay. It has a 2 tier box that is 320 CC for the top tier and 180 CC for the bottom tier and then has a little compartment on top of the lid for the utensil (or small candies); a little side container that is 80 ml; an oval container (with lid locks on the side of the container) that is 260 ml; a rectangular container (again with the lid locks on the container) that is 380 ml; a bigger rectangular container (with the lid locks on the lid) that has double lids (an inner lid and then the outer lid with the locks) that is 560 CC; a folding sandwich box (has vents in the sides so the sandwich doesn't get soggy) that is 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches; and a little container that holds a little fork, spoon, and chop sticks (also good for holding little candies for dessert); and a 420 ml water bottle that the lid can double as a little cup.

I have used pretty much all of these. When I use the folding sandwich box I still wrap the sandwich in something, just so crumbs don't get all over the inside of my bag. I haven't used my boxes for actual bentos lately, but I would so love to get back into it. I just need to start buying more veggies and fruit and stuff to pack better snacks for work.

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4/2/11 8:58 P

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I got a set of three for 10.99.

www.allthingsforsale.com/bento-box-b
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These same boxes got pretty good reviews on amazon. Plus you can't beat that price. You should check it out. Lots of neat stuff.

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3/23/11 6:19 P

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I don't have a bento box yet but I have a bid on one on ebay and I have some ideas on packing. It is a big one. I work one 8 hour shift and 2- 12 hour shift so I want something I can pack breakfast and lunch in and possible a snack. I am excited about switching me eating habits.

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8/29/10 4:27 P

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Does anyone use the Laptop lunch bento box? I got one for myself and one for my daughter, and it's great. I have different sized boxes that fit into the main box, although I usually use the large for the entree and two smalls for fruit and veggies.





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5/8/10 9:56 A

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The good thing is that they are a lot smaller then the average size lunchbox. So you will eat less. Bento is great for portion control. I mostly have a main course from rice, pasta salad or sammies and then fill it up with mostly fruits and veggies. I do add a snack on occassion as well.

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3/16/10 12:52 P

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I got my bento box and oh my, there's a lot more space than I was expecting! I'm going to make my first bento tomorrow for lunch. I'm so excited.

And this weekend, its off to United Noodle to stock up on food stuffs!

Mine is 600ml, and two tiered. Apparently a good rule of thumb is that the number of calories roughly corresponds to the number of milliliters, but obviously the way you prepare the food and what food you choose can change that drastically.

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3/13/10 12:07 P

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I was a bit surprised by the size of bento boxes at the start, but I got used to it over time. It always amazes me how much I can squish into the little things.

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3/11/10 12:59 P

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I've finally gotten some actual bento boxes..for myself and the rest of the family. my girls are still waiting on theirs. i ordered them from ebay. i have to say though, my 3 tier bento was a bit of a disappointment. it's certainly way smaller than i'd thought it'd be. i was hoping for it to be at least comparable to the 2 tiered bentos that have arrived.. oh well..c'est la vie.

i'm glad i'm not the only one that was disappointed with bento size. i'll take a look through amazon, thanks ^_^

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1/28/10 5:14 P

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PAPERARTSY's Photo PAPERARTSY Posts: 65
10/20/09 7:58 P

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Good point. I find that out the hard way when I tried to pack salad in one half of my bento box. I nearly starved to death before I finally got home and had dinner.

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10/20/09 12:01 P

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I agree PAPERARTSY, it's a great guide. You have to keep in mind what you're packing in it too though :)! The guide works when you pack 4:3:2:1 (Grains:Veggies:Protein:Dessert/Dairy). I don't know about you but I need to get more calcium then this encourages (though if you get enough nori that helps 'cause it's high in calcium). I tend to use more veggies as well. I have a few boxes, mostly bought at Walmart, including 1 and 2 cup Pyrex bowls with lids. These are the most helpful for me because I pack dinner leftovers in the 1 cup bowls (pasta, rice, soup, whatever), freeze them and then pull them out when I need them. I pair them with one of the 2 cup bowls filled with veggies and some cheese (usually a laughing cow wedge as a "dip") as well as some dried fruit as desert (preserved plums, so good). That gives me 3 cups total, which equals 709ml, much more than the 600ml the chart recommends. But since the bulk of it is taken up by veggies instead of grains, the calories are lower.

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PAPERARTSY's Photo PAPERARTSY Posts: 65
10/12/09 11:41 P

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I found this guide to be very helpful when trying to figure out what size bento box to purchase:
lunchinabox.net/2007/03/07/guide-to-
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MAH_JONGG's Photo MAH_JONGG Posts: 29
7/26/09 7:00 A

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I peel eggs under cold running water, which seems to do the trick for me without cooling them too much.

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7/19/09 4:44 P

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First of all, if your egg didn't take the whole shape of the mold, then maybe your egg was too small (or maybe too big). Another trick I learned to put the hot, peeled egg in the mold, press, put a rubber gasket around it (not a rubber band because, well, yuck!). Then, I put it in a cold water bath until is is completely cool.

I don't have any ideas about peeling a hot egg. I have asbestos hands.



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2/2/09 8:14 P

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If you need more space in you bento, or need to include more food, you can take two bento boxes of similar sizes and stack the bottom layer of one as the middle layer of the other, thereby making your own 3 layer bento. Just make sure you bento belt is secure and doesnt allow for any sliding around.

My first try at heart and star eggs was ok, need more practice. I know what they are, but no one else seems to do. didnt "mush" enough... maybe not hot enough? But any suggestions on how to peel them without burning your fingers?

 
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2/2/09 8:13 P

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If you need more space in you bento, or need to include more food, you can take two bento boxes of similar sizes and stack the bottom layer of one as the middle layer of the other, thereby making your own 3 layer bento. Just make sure you bento belt is secure and doesnt allow for any sliding around.

My first try at heart and star eggs was ok, need more practice. I know what they are, but no one else seems to do. didnt "mush" enough... maybe not hot enough? But any suggestions on how to peel them without burning your fingers?

 
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12/29/08 9:46 A

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I have a bear and rabbit shaped egg mold and they both work really well. just peel the shell off while it's still hot, shove it in the mold, close it and then sink it in cold water and place in the fridge. i put a coffee cup on top of my molds to hold them down in the water. sometimes if you don't have enough space in your bento for a full egg you can cut the egg in half down the middle so that the image is not messed up and then place it face side up in different places. that way it isn't so tall but you can still get the full egg in.

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8/14/08 3:04 P

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Yep, they sure would. Well, the yolk portion would still be round unless you got one of the super specialty egg shapers where the yolk and white cook seperately. But yeah, we do hearts and stars for deviled eggs all the time.

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8/14/08 2:43 P

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I found, at World Market, a square-egg mold. I only tried it once, the egg was square with a little round bump on the tip side (I'll have to try it again). But i'm wondering if that would make square deviled eggs (which is actually why i bought it years ago). if so: they would go pretty well in a bento, wouldn't they? no sliding around or taking up excess space.

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8/13/08 8:12 A

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I'll let you guys know how hard packing deviled eggs turns out to be later today. I'm packing a picnic bento for me and hubby today. (I'm sneaking him out of work and away from his cube for lunch.) So I'm packing tapas, including some deviled eggs.

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8/12/08 11:13 P

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Man, every time I go to the Japanese dollar store (200 miles away...) the only bentos they have are kid sized. Way to go on getting one 600+ ml. :)

I haven't tried my egg molds yet. I'm not really a huge egg eater, the only reason I have them in the house is because I've become addicted to packing tamagoyaki.

I do like deviled eggs though. They sound hard to pack in a bento. :)

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8/5/08 3:01 P

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Hello Everyone,

I started packing bentos yesterday. I had a 'Mr Bento' a few years ago, but nobody used it because I found it difficult to clean, pack, etc. I went to the local discount Japanese store (Daiso) and got some simple bento boxes and 'cute' accessories like sauce holders, food picks, dividers etc. I also got something to shape hard-boil eggs. I tried it this morning and the it didn't work well. It's cuter to cut nori strips and making a happy face on the egg.

The size I'm using is a 2-tier bento, 1st tier is 350ml and second tier is 280ml, total is 630ml. It was $5US. If you live near a Daiso, go there and check out their prices!!




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7/22/08 10:28 A

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I pack a lot because I am a pig. I usually eat breakfast after I get to work -- I can't eat right after I get up. And I snack all day. On days when I plan to hit the grocery store on the way home from work, I like to have a snack before I leave work. That way I'm less likely to impulse buy.

I have a zojirushi Mr. Bento. That will hold "lunch." Today lunch is homemade hummus, watermelon chunks, red grapes, baby carrots, and a few slices of yellow bell pepper. I also have one of those collapsible rubbermaid bowls of chopped romaine and some grated parmesan.

Breakfast was supposed to be oatmeal (nuked at work) and a banana, but I just could not face oatmeal right before a staff meeting, so I just had the banana. I really don't like oatmeal and some mornings it's just not gonna happen. The packet of oatmeal lives in a screw-top Ziploc microwaveable container in my cubicle. Easy to nuke, easy to screw the lid on and take the dirty container home to soak and wash. It can wait till another day.

I like my Laptop Lunch bento, but few of the containers have lids, and I really don't like that. I take it to work sometimes if what I'm packing doesn't run or drip, but I like the Mr. Bento better.

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6/10/08 9:48 P

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At first, when I bought my first bento, I was slightly disappointed until I researched more about bento and portion sizes. It seriously helped me lose the weight, but still be full.

I purchased two more, but found that the dishwasher at my new apartment eats plastic stuff like what. Now I'm looking through the Tupperware I have, and the sizes are crazy compared to my little bentos. Weird how size differs in Japan and here(heck, an 8oz cup at Mcdonald's is the kid size O_o).

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5/27/08 2:05 P

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This is a pretty common discussion topic, no matter where your favorite bento community is. The big question most of us ask starting out (aside from how the heck do you make it look so pretty?!?!) is: What sized box should I get?

Now, when my first box came, I nearly fell over at how small it is. But I was very pleasantly surprised at just how full I was once I actually sat down to eat a bento out of it. In fact, I couldn't finish!

If you pack to a Japanese standard, which is 3 parts rice to 2 parts vegetable and 1 part protein, you can figure out how big a box you want, by the mL capacity of the box. If you pack to that ratio, your calories in the box will be pretty close to the mL capacity. So if you have a 500mL bento, you'll have about 500 calories in there.

Men's boxes and caloric needs tend to be higher than women's, and women's are generally higher than most children (except for teenagers, yipes!) If you use that as a guideline, you can confidently pack a bento that will meet your calorie goal for your lunch (or dinner, or snack, or whenever you bento).

Now comes the hard part... choosing just one!

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