Bento newbie seeks sensei
September 16, 2012 4:47 AM Subscribe
Help me find the perfect bento box.
posted by digitalprimate to Food & Drink (17 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for bento boxes for my two children (ages 7 & 9) to cut down on the weight and volume of all the separate containers they carry now and to pack more diverse meals for them.
There are several great askmes about what
to put in
a bento box or where
them, but I haven't found any links that help one choose
a bento box.
Usage details: These boxes will go into these knapsacks
that will also contain books/notebooks and extra clothes. I'll make the boxes in the morning. My kids eat just about anything, so imagine I'll be putting just about anything into them. There is no refrigeration or a way to reheat things at the school; it'll all be room temperature for about four hours.
Questions: How many compartments? Leakproof? Microwavable? What to use for internal dividers? Elastic band or side clasps to close it? Cooling element or insulated bag? Rectangular or oval? Plastic, metal or wood? Where do (reusable) drink containers go? The "unknown unknowns" of how children will use/abuse the boxes?