Aelith PRO 9:18pm, 7 November 2006
i see people put viscous sauces and small items (eg nuts) into dividers/small cups/etc in their mr bento. i have a simple question--are these items still in the cup when the lunch is eaten? just how near-solid does something (like hummus for example) have to be to avoid spillage and general mess? or do you have to maintain mr bento's upright orientation until lunchtime?
kusine 12 years ago
I generally just keep mine upright. It's fairly easy for me. About 98% of my photos are taken at lunchtime, not just after packing, if you want to see how my lunches fare.

Also, I've acquired some snap-top containers from The Container Store that work well when I think I'm going to make a mess or I just don't want to risk getting sauce all over everything.
tofutti3 12 years ago
I have heard the suggestion for Tupperware SMIDGETS, which are available on ebay and have little lids. They are come in different colours.

I think that's what I will use.
KJF916 12 years ago
Tofutti ... I got bunches of those, in knock offs, from the Dollar Stores in my city, so do check that first! Some of my smidget containers were 4 for 98 cents, and they have color coordinating lids and a very tight seal.
Subspace 12 years ago
So far only very watery liquid has ever dribbled out of the non-soupbowl container, and even then it was literally a tiny dribble, but liquids within my containers have gotten loose. I generally don't take anything that can't get all over everything else (i.e., dressing for carrot sticks got all over my carrots - just makes eating them an even lazier task), in large part because I really, really don't want to carry another small container. I mean, I got the Mr.Bento to compact everything down into one unit in the first place. But I would think that something like hummus would be sufficiently viscous to stay put.

Oh, and I've knocked my Mr.Bento over tons of times and thought, "Well, that lunch is wrecked," and then surprisingly, it's fine. My technique: pack so much damn food in it that nothing can move. Perfect!
tofutti3 12 years ago
I don't suppose anyone has seen stainless steel cups/dividers?
sobodda PRO 12 years ago
I have Ms. Bento and there's a divider...sometimes I put liquidy things in it like: www.flickr.com/photos/steffster/160937349/
What I do is use some of that glad Press & Seal - just a piece big enough to cover the part with the soup in it. Works perfectly.
KJF916 12 years ago
Yes, I have stainless steel cups. They are condiment cups from a restaurant supply house, and they hold about two tablespoons of sauce, or one big strawberry. Mine were $4.00 for a dozen of them. I can fit two of them into a small Tiffin tier. Go to Froogle.com and type in "stainless sauce cups." Here is a sample:

www.suitesupply.com/Admiral-Craft--Adcraft.OYC-2.01.htm?G...
[.sweet.pea.] 12 years ago
Sorry for bringing back this topic since it was posted awhile ago but I wanted to ask sobodda, where did you find the dividers for the mr. bento. I tried googling it but couldn't find the right thing.

Thanks <3, Amanda
.ams PRO 12 years ago
sweet.pea, the Zojirushi Ms. Bento comes with a divider that us Mr. Bento users don't get.
KJF916 12 years ago
I contacted the company to buy "one component" missing from my Mr. Bento, and they were happy to oblige. I'll bet if you ask, Ariel, you can order the Ms. Bento divided cup and use it in the Mr. Bento, assuming it works, size-wise?
Subspace 12 years ago
I think it would be easier to buy some tupperware-like containers and cut them down to size. They are already circular, and you'd just have to take part of Bento-san to a store with you and see which was the snuggest fit. Does that make sense? I'm just making this up as I go, but I think it would work.
[.sweet.pea.] 12 years ago
@ Ariel- ah, I see, thanks

@KateFord and Subspace-sounds like either of your ideas would work to me, I think i'm just going to find some mini tupperware containers though

Thanks, Amanda
sobodda PRO 12 years ago
I don't think the divider from Ms. Bento would fit into Mr. Bento very well because it is curved on the bottom to match the top container, which sits half outside the thermos since it acts as a lid...
Groups Beta