The Bento truths

melmcwey 11:27am, 18 April 2006
I haven't even received my Mr. Bento at home yet, but i'm already planning on the tons and tons of stuff i'm going to fill it with and how happy i'm going to be, hehe.
I first saw it over at Ariel's blog and i instantly fell in love with it. In Spain, we're not big in eating at work or school (you know, with the long lunch hours, the tapas, the siesta...) but i do, so while i wait for Bento, let me share my basic Bento for beginners and do correct me if i'm wrong:

1. Mr. Bento's bag is not convenient and should be replaced by something tougher.
2. Mr. Bento's containers keep warm what's warm and cold what's cold, but not at the same time.
3. You shouldn't microwave containers because they'd get stained.
4. Portions are larger than usual.
5. Portions are smaller than usual.
6. One can be addicted to Bento.

What are your other Bento truths?
nadja.robot PRO 12 years ago
Hmmm, I *just* got mine and I microwaved it. That's part of the appeal to me- I only dirty the Mr. Bento- no extra dishes, especially not disposable dishes.

I took pickled beets to work yesterday and they didn't stain even after sitting overnight in the fridge. If beets don't stain- what will? Curry maybe?
nicoteena 12 years ago
I'm thinking marinara sauce or other tomato stuff may stain. I've only had red sauce in it once, and it didn't stain.

I've actually branched out and become addicted to the close cousins of Mr B, the more traditional bento box and my newest addition, the Fit & Fresh.
.ams PRO 12 years ago
I've found that Mr. Bento's bag is actually quite tough and durable. That said, I don't think it's a perfect design, but I've never had any problems with it.

Also: I'm all about the microwaving. I say stained be-damned!
nadja.robot PRO 12 years ago
I am sad! I took tomato soup to work today and it stained the bowl. Alas. I can live with it- I just feel like I let Mr. Bento down...
nicoteena 12 years ago
I have yet to stain mine any of my bentos, but I'm not sure how I'll feel when/if it happens.
luleh_lu 12 years ago
If Mr is going to be out of the fridge for several hours, don't put anything you want reasonably cold in the top container. As I discovered (but should have known) when my onion dip melted, the cap of the Mr isn't insulated.
Seymore Sinn 12 years ago
I cleaned my soup bowl really well, it smelled fine when I took in out of the dish rack, but when I went to eat my yogurt and fruit this afternoon all I could taste was tortilla soup.

.valerie. 12 years ago
You can put the soup bowl in the dishwasher (haven't tried the others or any of the lids). I tried baking soda and lemon juice, soaking, etc, but the dishwasher was the only thing that got the smell and lingering tastes out.
nicoteena 12 years ago
What exactly makes things dishwasher safe or not? I've always been confused by that so I followed the directions.
cat.rigby 12 years ago
Heat, if you are washing hot. Because things like acrylic glasses will crack in the heat and other types of plastics will melt or warp.
RLB865 12 years ago
I wash all four of my Mr. Bento containers in the dishwasher every time I wash them and they are all just fine. The dishwasher hasn't damaged any of them.
nicoteena 12 years ago
They even make Mr Bento doll house minis!
sobodda PRO 12 years ago
Oh man, that is so cute! But my Mr Bento didn't come with a helmet ;)
nicoteena 12 years ago
Hahahah how about cigarettes?
sobodda PRO 12 years ago
Wow, I was too engrossed in the helmet to notice the cigarettes.
nicoteena 12 years ago
Kinda weird for something that seems like a kids' toy huh?
ms.Tea PRO 12 years ago
i love the mini... and yeah the cigarettes are a wierd addition.
atomictonic 12 years ago
Have people found they shouldn't put certain foods together in the same container? I see some combos here and I wonder how the strawberries, say, affect the crunch of the crackers, say.

For example. I'm not saying I've seen strawberries and crackers in the same container. I'm just saying those two things might not play well together.

So - anyone found any combos to avoid?
Seymore Sinn Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Seymore Sinn (member) 12 years ago
Generaly you don't put moist things (oatmeal, carrot sticks)in with crunchy things (wasabi peas, preztles), but I've had good results by using foil muffin cups and eating the moist thing first. But don't put two wet things (like pickles and marinated peppers) together unless the flavors go well together, or you have a seperate container. Oh, and don't use a foil cup in a container with anything acidic.
huh radio 12 years ago
I made the mistake of putting cute little pickles in with my fresh carrots/cucumbers/radishes. The veggies soaked up some pickle taste. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't ideal.
Seymore Sinn 12 years ago
I put pickles in with marinated peppers, big mistake. The pickle juice erased the sweetness of the peppers and the oil from the peppers made the pickles slimy. Yuck. PRO 12 years ago
Is the soup bowl the only one folks have found to be ok in the dishwasher? If you wash it that way, would you suggest not using a heated dry setting with it?
kusine 12 years ago
I wash all of my bowls in the dishwasher and have never had any problems. The caveat is that my washer is a European-style small/half dishwasher. But it does get pretty hot and I've never had a problem. I don't put the lids in the dishwasher. It works wonderfully in the washer. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
amanky 11 years ago
I'm confused by the contradiction of 4 & 5!
simple apparatus [deleted] 11 years ago
Amanky, some people think the containers are too small while others think they're too big. Not enough food vs too much food.
amanky 11 years ago
I understand that... but putting the two condtradicting decriptions in one list of "truths"... doesn't explain a thing. How does the author feel about the size specifically... which is it?
ysetiawa 11 years ago
I microwave and wash all my bowls in dishwasher (not the big thermal container), have never had any problems. Not saying the design is perfect, but I found it's the best out there so far. It doesn't spill, it stacks nicely. My husband brought it to work, his co-workers (all design engineers), they're admiring the design.. so, it must be pretty good.
ysetiawa 11 years ago
O.. forgot to mention. I DID steam it too, to make my chawan mushi (steam egg).
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