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yummy noodle 7:02am, 26 January 2007
Out of curiosity, on average how long does it take you to make your bentos?
melmcwey 11 years ago
15 minutes average. I usually prepare extra dinner to use the leftovers for lunch in Mr. Bento.
kusine 11 years ago
5 minutes for leftovers, 15-20 if I'm being fancy, usually around 10. And I usually pack my husband creature's lunch at the same time, too.
simple apparatus [deleted] 11 years ago
Between 10 and 15 minutes. It depends on if I know ahead of time what I'm going to pack or if it's a total crapshoot. hahaha.
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amanky Posted 11 years ago. Edited by amanky (admin) 11 years ago
this morning I spent approx. 10-20 minutes... meanwhile I was groggily getting dressed, making my breakfast, and packing my bag for the day.

plus I was packing something new & experimental (pix to come tonight: see here) for me and had some space issues.

although I do tend to sit down and peel a grapefruit the night before if I choose to take one, while watching late night tv.
ramona.flowers PRO 11 years ago
Maybe 30 minutes, especially if I factor in time cooking rice or pasta. Usually I'm doing other stuff at the same time so it's maybe not an accurate representation, and lately my lunches have been small since I have less time to eat due to shorter hours at work, so those don't take too long either. Maybe 15-20 minutes on average. I almost always pack right before I have to leave, and usually don't decide what I'm having until right before I start to pack it. If I tried to plan ahead and pack the night before I don't know if I'd ever be able to think of anything!
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amanky 11 years ago
you see that's where i spend all/too much of my time... thinking about what to pack! Honestly, it can keep me up at night, or distract me at work, or suck me in on flickr!
ysetiawa 11 years ago
20 min + 10 min cleaning. i set my ricecooker on timer the night before. i have some ready packed items in fridge (thick omelete, konbu, pickles, steam veg). in the morning, i usually only pan fry something (burger, katsu, stir fry), but all the prep done night before. last 10 min, rinse everything and put into dishwasher, wipe kitchen counter, swiffer the floor. ta da.
ysetiawa 11 years ago
about thinking what i want to pack.. it totally distracts me at work. i have this huge spreadsheet, color coded, full with bento menu, items, ingredients, shopping list, and so on. in my new job, i'm afraid i can't do this anymore :( so probably less planning from now on.
yummy noodle Posted 11 years ago. Edited by yummy noodle (member) 11 years ago
wow...spread sheet and all...true bento connoisseur...that is inspiring. good luck with your new job *^_^*
Subspace 11 years ago
Seriously, I'd like to see this spreadsheet. What format is it in?
ysetiawa 11 years ago
It's in excel :) Seriously? you want it?
Look at my photos 11 years ago
Actually I would be interested in this aswell. I'd love to see how other people organize their bento ideas / recipes and by the looks of your bento pics, you're doing an awesome job!
ysetiawa 11 years ago
just give me your email address. i'll send it to you. i also use this site a lot - www.e-recipe.org. It is a Japanese site. You can use a translator website to 'somewhat' read it.
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amanky 11 years ago
I think we all want a peek!
Biggie* 11 years ago
Yes, yes, me too! I'd like to see your spreadsheet too!
guinnevere 11 years ago
hear, hear! link us to the spreadsheet!
ysetiawa 11 years ago
link? i'm sorry i don't know how to link to spreadsheet here. how can i do that?
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amanky 11 years ago
you'ld have to load it up somewhere online...

or you could open it up, do a screenshot, and upload it here as a picture.
ysetiawa 11 years ago
mm.. i don't have any place to upload. and upload it as a picture? can't do either. believe it or not, i don't have photoshop, etc. so, anyone, just send me a msg, i'll send it to your email.. then whoever wants to upload it somewhere, that's ok with me.
ysetiawa 11 years ago
seriously, check this site:
erecipe.woman.excite.co.jp/weekly/obento/wback_m.html

you'll find tons of ideas and recipes for bento items. use web translator (like altavista). can't translate perfectly, but pretty much we can get the idea.
Jennitope 11 years ago
Ysetiawa, you could (if you wanted...no pressure!) put it in Google Spreadsheets, which can read Excel, then you could make it public and link to it. Or someone else could. Or whatever.

(Hello everyone, by the way--I've been lurking for a while--just got my Mr. Bento over the weekend and tomorrow will be his first outing!)
ysetiawa 11 years ago
sorry.. :( i just tried google spreadsheets, and it's been like an hour, still not finished importing.
Subspace 11 years ago
Sorry if we are all scaring you about the spreadsheet, ysetiawa, we just... all... have issues. With food. You understand, right?

Though I would just have you email the file, I think everyone is interested enough now that perhaps Amanky had better get it from you? She seems to be our resident code whiz for the time being, and can probably get it up here.

Can you two work it? I'm sure there'd be golf claps all around.
kusine 11 years ago
If you'd like, you can email it to me at kusine (at) yahoo.com and I'd be happy to host it on my personal website for everyone to see.
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amanky 11 years ago
I can certainly get it usable/up for folks (either at my site, or with a screen shot as I'd suggested)

you can flickrmail me & I'll promptly reply with actual email!
ysetiawa 11 years ago
ok. I sent it to kusine.. Hope you guys like it and maybe continue improving and expanding it :D
kusine 11 years ago
You can access it here: www.kusine.com/misc/Bento.xls. It's pretty amazing.

Please download it to your computer so as not to eat up all the bandwidth. Thanks!
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amanky 11 years ago
thanks kuisine! *downloading*
Jennitope 11 years ago
Thank you Ysetiawa and Kusine!
plantsareneat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by plantsareneat (member) 11 years ago
Thanks to you both! I'm in awe of the spreadsheet!
To answer the original question - If i have leftovers it takes 20 minutes, if not, then longer. I pack the night before and refrigerate, then reheat at work. I'm faster if I prep some of the things I know I'll eat all week ahead, like salad or fruit. I try to make extra supper to have for lunch.
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