"Deciding what to put in your new bento box can be fun."
There are so many different seasonal fruit and veg that it can be real interesting to see what is in season at the local supermarket, farmshop or local grower. For our family the choice is never the same twice. We try wherever possible to eat the fruit and veg of the season, grown locally. Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to do this, but if you can, then it can lead to really interesting combinations -that maybe you never even tried before.
1. Try to plan for a balanced meal. There are normally 4 or more compartments to a bento box, so this gives you a great way to balance your meal.
2. Think about the carbohydrates, the proteins, fruit and veg. Our family tends to mix the carbohydrate with the protein using a large sandwich, but it ok to keep this separate if you wish. The veg, fruit and/or salad go into separate compartments.
3. How will it look when you open it? Colour plays such an important part when thinking of food. There is such a wide range of fruits and veg that can be eaten raw (or cooked), that colour groupings can be fun to make. However, with our children it can always be a challenge, so we like to introduce daring colours now and then to see what happens.See this Bento
Red: Strawberries, cranberries, red grapes, watermelon, pomegranate, rasperries, red pepper, tomatoes, red apple, beet, red onion, redcurrant
Orange & Yellow: Orange, grapefruit, lemon, ugli, banana, apricot, nectarine, peach, mango, pineapple, papaya, starfruit, carrot, sweet potato, pumpkin, squash, corn, orange yellow pepper, carrot
White: white asparagus, cauliflower, white onions, haricot beans, mushroom, parsnips, lychee, apples, potato, sesame seeds
Black: blueberries, blackcurrents, blackberries
Green: salads, cucumber broccoli, spinach, peas, green asparagus, kiwi
Step 1: Start with the carbs first In our family this is the sandwich.
Step 2: Then pack the fruit, and veg.
Step 3: Then pack the salad in the remaining space.Try to pack this together tightly so that the food is unable to move around too much.
Step 4: What about the desert I hear you say?
Use the separator within each section to try to keep foods separate when packed into the same container.
1. Try to keep the wetter foods together e.g pack melon away from the sandwich…. When filling with liquids or yoghurt, make sure this is in a separate compartment. (If in 2 tier box, use 1 whole try for tray for this, or if in 5 compartment one or more sections as desired. Make sure to seal with the leakproof lid.
2. Try to balance the colours, look and texture when choosing your seasonal veg or fruit for you meal.
3. Planning ahead with your meals can be a great way to save money, and also ensures that you balance your healthy meals throughout the week, as well as thoughout the changing seasons of the year. In our family the preparation needs very little extra time, and can give the kids (or you) something to really look forward to at meal times.See the Collection
1. When preparing food to reheat, make sure you follow your normal food safety standards for food preparation.
2. Always remember to wash your hands, and use clean utensils.
3. Cook the food appropriately beforehand, and let it completely cool before putting it into the bento box. Store appropriately before reheat and consumption.
4. When reheating your food, be sure to remove the metal cutlery, and open the steam vent stopper. The box is microwaveable, maximum time in microwave less than 3 minutes at 500W, but be sure to check that the food is thoroughly heated through before consumption.
The Pressure that seals the box and gives it the leakproof seal may need a significant squeeze when closing without these tips. If you close in the following way it becomes so much easier to open and close, but maintain a good seal whilst storing it.
When the lid is open:
1. Open the sealing plug.
2. Press firmly down in all 4 corners where the red dots are located.
3. Then close the sealing plug.
are sure that it seals well.
When the lid is closed:
1. Open the sealing plug.
2. Open the lid at the arrow points marked upon the lid.
3. Remove the lid, and replace the sealing plug.