So, when I first started making lunches for the kiddies, I had no idea about this world of Bento lunches and stuff. I’d seen a few that were in a narky editorial piece about parents having too much time on their hands and wasting possibly days on making intricate iterations of entire disney movies. Then I found out about the whole underworld of lunchboxes and became excited. I could make a cute and fun lunch that was appealing to eat and that was fully of healthy stuff! So…I started investing in my toolkit of goodies. So here’s the rest of my toolkit and tips for bento lunches.
You don’t need any of this stuff. But, it does make packing lunch fun (for me and the kids). The things I “need” for lunch packing are here.
My essentials are:
Food picks. I’ve got too many to name! From animals, to mickey mouse, letters and numbers. I stick them in meatballs, use them to hold mini sandwiches etc. You can see them below in two different lunches:
Barans. These are used to divide up food, they can be longer like the ones in the box up the top or little like these:
I use these small ones under sushi rolls or rice paper rolls to make sure they don’t stick to the lunch box!
Here they are in action:
Soy sauce bottles. Great for holding soy sauce in the lunch box, I’ve also used these for a little bit of mayo for Miss 5 when I’ve sent in flatbreads etc.
Wrap bands. These are great for holding together bundles of carrots, cucumbers or holding together wraps in the lunch box.
So that’s some of the tools I use in my lunch box. I’ll be using one other special item: a seaweed punch to make some extra pretty rice paper rolls later in the week and also showing you how to pack a bento style snack without having a bento lunch box- with some easy to find bits and pieces. If you’re looking for these supplies- check out Little Bento World- the link is in the sidebar.
The key to making things for a bento lunch: keep them small! Use a mini cupcake pan, cut fruit and veg smaller, and pack everything tightly, because that stops it all moving in the lunchbox!
So now you’ve seen my toolkit + tips…what’s stopping you? Need to get baking? Here’s some recipe inspiration: