dklegman 5:58am, 10 February 2006
In the month I've been using a Mr. Bento, I've found some hardware especially useful along with it. Some of this has been discussed a little elsewhere in photos or the group, but putting it here ought to make it easier to find.

This would also be a good place to talk about stuff like condiment carriers, favorite beverage bottles (I'm looking for suggestions!), and so forth.

Things I like, hardware-wise:

1. Replacement bag strap. The detachable carry strap that comes with Mr. B's bag is pathetic, wimpy, brittle and totally inadequate. Luckily, one can replace it with a big, mean, cheap duffle bag strap that can be found at a camping or army/navy store. It's hard to beat a length of nearly invulnerable nylon fitted with metal hardware, and I'm now thinking about replacing the plastic D-rings on the Bento Bag with metal ones in case the plastic ones aren't robust enough.

2. Replacement bag. You can take the whole thing into your own hands, and make your own Mr. Bento bag like whitty did. Doing so, you can make your bag suit your particular needs.

3. Camper utensils. These are a knife, fork and spoon set intended for camping use. Different kinds are available; some clip into each other, others fit on a ring. I got a set to avoid going through disposable flatware, and one set of re-usable camper utensils costs the same or less than a pile of disposable plastic flatware.

4. Rice Cooker. A Mr. Bento is designed to carry rice and accompaniment. Rice cookers are an ideal way to get rice into tasty, edible form with less effort than putting on sneakers. You could get a super fancy rice cooker that thinks with fuzzy logic and keeps a schedule; I swear by a cheap one-button rice pot from a big box store on the corner.

I'm curious: what are your favorite gadgets, drink bottles, and other miscellaneous things for Mr. B?
.ams PRO 13 years ago
I'm quite jealous of Whitty and EEK_EEK's bento accessories like Ralph. There are lots more of these kinds of super-cute bento accessories over at www.thebentostore.com. I also like msTea's pragmatic film canister technique for salad dressing.
nicoteena 12 years ago
I just ordered a set of utensils that comes with a fork, spoon and a pair of chopsticks in the theme of the Nightmare Before Christmas. I didn't realize how expensive they would be with overseas shipping, but I was planning on getting a set anyway (since it's a little difficult to have soup without a spoon) so I figured I should at least get one I like.
RLB865 12 years ago
Where'd you get 'em?
nicoteena 12 years ago
On eBay, but they're coming from Hong Kong so I don't know how long it will take to get here. The listing said 2-3 weeks! The seller only had one listed, though, and they were the only ones I saw. That sort of stuff is usually more common overseas...
cat.rigby Posted 12 years ago. Edited by cat.rigby (member) 12 years ago
Those kiddie utensils things can be had at most Sanrio selling places in the US. Or asian groceries.

A drink holder like Sigg or Klean Kanteen is good.

I agree with the rice cooker. And if you are into uniformity, a benriner slicer, sushi molds, mini cookie cutters, etc.

I've found you can go all cold or all hot, but hot and cold together in Mr Bento don't fly well. So a Lock & Lock container for salad on the side will help keep things crisp and not all wilty.
dklegman Posted 12 years ago. Edited by dklegman (member) 12 years ago
Thanks for the drink bottle suggestions! I think I like the Sigg bottles.
RLB865 12 years ago
I ordered a Sigg bottle the other day. It hasn't arrived yet. I think I'll use it a lot at work.
nicoteena 12 years ago
What's a sigg bottle?
RLB865 12 years ago
Groups Beta