A lot of my mommy friends seem to have been bitten by the Bento craze with a lot of creatively made school meals being shared in social media. I couldn’t help but be enticed – and challenged at the same time – to try my hand in preparing fun and attractive Bento Meals for my little Sean. The first thing I did was to equip myself with some Bento tools and get some tips from friends who I now consider as Bento experts. Here are some tools that moms can use for starting a bento habit:
Lunchboxes – This is the most important thing in bento lunch making. I highly recommend the Easy Lunchbox container. This lunchbox has three compartments which is perfect for holding the main dish, sliced fruits or veggies, and dessert that usually comprise our lunch meals.Check out my Easylunchboxes review here.
Vegetable Cutters. Create fun shapes in fruits, vegetables, and other food items using veggie cutters in different shapes and sizes. A set of Kai FG5032 Chuboos Vegetable Cutter features 6 animal shapes in one pack. It has a cat, dog, dolphin, penguin, elephant, and pig shapes made from plastic materials that can easily cut shapes by pressing on the flat surface. The Chuboos cutters are a bit small but the cut-out features are quite distinct and the shapes are easily recognizable. This set is available for only $11.99. I also got a set of Set of Six Stainless Steel Food Prep Cutting Molds With Hand Guard
to set some scenery for the animal shapes.
Stamps and Punches. Cut out shapes of animals or molded food items become more enticing if they have detailed features or expressions stamped in their faces. The CuteZCute Animal Friends Food Deco Cutter and Stamp Kit
is a 6 piece set that include one multifunction tool for cutting cookies, sandwiches, and molding rice. It also has four pieces of cute animal faces that can be stamped on top of the cut-out food to add character to it. An equally cute Panda Pick is also included to help make perfect cut outs. Those who would like to give life to their rice balls can use a Nori Punch
for creating different face designs or expressions from a sheet of Nori.
Plastic Egg Molds. Let the kids enjoy their hardboiled egg in more ways than one by shaping them and adding details with the use of egg molds. The Kotobuki Plastic Egg Mold, Rabbit and Bear
are so adorable that even adults will enjoy it. Simply put the freshly cooked and shelled egg in the mold and close the lid, place in cold water for 10 minutes then remove newly shaped egg from the mold. This rabbit and bear pair is priced at $3.81. A set of car and fish egg molds from Kotobuki is also available for only $3.44.