Bargain Beginner Bento Box

While I was out shopping today I ventured into Home Bargains and I spotted a great set of lunchboxes ( there are three different colours with their own design on the lid) that state ” I am an Eco friendly lunchbox”.
Quite a statement!

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Each different coloured box ( green, red and blue) has a child drawn image spired by recycling.

The boxes also come with two dividers and two smaller boxes inside.

At £1.49 per box these boxes are a must have for any bento beginner or bento collector!

You can head one over to PepperBento for more information and images on this set 🙂

Sistema Salad To Go Review and Pasta Salad Bento

I was sent this great product to review from Sistema.

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This product is called “Salad to go” and is a great little box and would work well with other foods too.

Now to the review!

Cost: 5/5
At around £4.50-£5 this box is well worth the price, you get a lot of space for little cost. ( Asda are selling the product at a sale price of £3!!)

Size: 5/5
At 1.1 litres this box has a lot of space for your food. The main compartment is 750ml with the middle “shelf” having two compartments of 150ml and a sauce pot. This gives the box a very unique feel that is very well suited to pasta dishes, salads, soboro dishes or even Donburi.

Ease Of Use: 3/5
I would love to give this box a 5/5 but as it is only suited to a certain few foods that can be put in the box without the need for order I feel it is only fair to give it a lower score. However if you generally eat salads for lunch this is the box for you!
This box contains it’s own set of collapsible cutlery, in seconds the knife and fork can be snapped together and when lunch is finished can be snapped apart and clipped back to the “shelf” for easy transportation.

The sauce pot allows you to pour the dressing on just before eating keeping the salad crunchy and fresh.

Style: 4/5
A great, unisex box. Being see through this allows multiple people in a household to own and use the boxes without the worry of picking up the wrong box, this is also helped by the differently coloured seals and clips available.

Pros:
• Great for salads, pastas and Donburi.
• Collapsible cutlery that fits in the middle compartment.
• Sauce pot allows for crunchy salads.
• A large box great for big appetites.
• Cheap and readily available.

Cons:
• Not watertight ( seal does reduce leakage to dripping as opposed to gushing )
• “Shelf” doesn’t contain seal which allows for internal spillage.
• As it is deep as opposed to wide or long the box is only suited to food that can be piled or mixed.

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As always here is a bento I made to show how food can be packed in this product:

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The main “bowl” of the box containing a crunchy salad of lettuce, red cabbage, carrots, sweetcorn, cauliflower and peas.

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The “shelf” part of the box containing the sauce pot filled with salad cream mixed with chilli ketchup ( it’s delicious trust me!) , cherry tomatoes, sliced radish, cubed egg with chicken and bacon pasta.

For more info about cubed eggs please see my Egg Cuber Review

Disclaimer
I received the product to review but no cash was exchanged, my review is my honest opinion and has not been swayed by the company or anyone else.

Eddington’s Egg Cuber Review

My newest item to review is the amazing Egg Cuber by Eddington.

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This amazing little device makes your eggs square! Which is great for so many reasons:
•Bento
•Sandwiches
•Add interest to salads
•Stop eggs rolling off the plate
•If you have chickens you can have some fun convincing your family your chickens lay square eggs

Cost: 5/5
At £5.50 can you really afford not to have one of these?

Ease Of Use: /5
An extremely simple gadget to work, you simply boil an egg til hard boiled pop into the body of the cuber and then put in the plunger and twist on the lid. Chill the gadget in the fridge for 10 minutes so the egg holds its shape better.
I imagine this gadget can be used for rice and other easily manipulated foods, imagine little squares of ice cream!

Pros:
• Cheap and useful
• Fun for adults and children alike
• Easy to use

Cons:
• Can you say anything bad about something that squares eggs?!

And here is what happened to an egg I put in the gadget:

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This item can be bought here!

Disclaimer
I received the product to review but no cash was exchanged, my review is my honest opinion and has not been swayed by the company or anyone else.

My Geeky Valentine Bento Hop

Today me and some of my bento friends are having a “Geeky Valentine” Bento Hop. This means picking something nerdy and making it fit the valentine theme… Or something like that 🙂

So here is my bento :

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Can you tell what it is?

That’s right, it’s a Kingdom Hearts bento 🙂
It contains, blue rice with nori Sora silhouette and the Kingdom Hearts symbols. Meatless mince with mixed vegetables and hard boiled egg.

Sadly my camera wasn’t working as I’d have liked so it didn’t pick up all the details but I promise it did look good in real life 🙂

Anyway now head over to Chaos And Confections by clicking the button below to see more Geeky Valentine goodness 🙂

Aladdin eCycle 4 piece Lunch Set with Recycled Tote Review

Another review for you, I was sent an Aladdin eCycle bento set to review from ReUseIt and its a great set!

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This set ticks a lot of boxes, pardon the pun, it is made from recycled products, it is extremely versatile and it even looks quite snazzy!

Anyway onto the main review:

Cost: 4/5
at $24.95 (£16) it is a more expensive option but it also has reason to be. You get four boxes and a bag to carry them all in. While expensive compared to some other lunch boxes it may also prove to be better when compared.

Size: 5/5
The reason I give this set a 5/5 is because of it’s versatility. With a main box being around 550ml, a medium box being around 250ml and two smaller boxes being around 125ml you get 1050ml and a bag to carry it all in!

Ease Of Use: 5/5
With their being three different sizes it makes packing a breeze! Now you won’t have to try and squeeze your cherry tomatoes in with your salad, they can have their own box. And why not carry some nuts or seeds in the small boxes as a snack?

Style: 5/5
A greatly presented set in a very gender neutral way. Being charcoal means it would look great being used by men or women, and even children who want a more sophisticated look.

Pros:
• Four boxes and a bag for one set price.
• Unisex.
• Extremely versatile.
• Leakproof.
• Easy to keep foods separate.

Cons:
• Can be hard to open due to locks and seal.
• May be cost prohibitive.
• Only one style.

You can find this great item and many more by clicking the button below!

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You can also check out ReUseIt by following them on their social networking sites:
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And as usual, here is a lunch packed in this box:

I went for a Valentine’s theme. This bento contains a red, beetroot and rice heart, mixed vegetables, prawn tempura, meatless mince and a heart shaped boiled egg. With some cherry tomatoes brought along for the bento party 🙂

Disclaimer
I received the product to review but no cash was exchanged, my review is my honest opinion and has not been swayed by the company or anyone else.

Kidoo stainless steel bento review and vegetarian panda bento

I was sent a Kidoo Stainless Steel Box to review from No Plastics.

Here is the box:

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It is a stainless steel box encased in a plastic box with a removable divider.

Now for the review:

Cost: 4/5
At $9.99 (£6.32) it is a good little box but depending on the person you may want a larger box and there are larger boxes available for around the same price.

Size: 2/5
This box is great for young children to hold snacks or a small lunch. But at 320ml it wouldn’t hold a large lunch for an adult. This box would however be great as an accompanying box to a main bento box.

Ease Of Use: 5/5
Due to its small size it is fairly easy to pack as there isn’t room to have empty spaces. The removable divider can also be moved between three set spaces.

Style: 3/5
A nice neutral colour but it does have a little ladybird logo and the word “Kidoo” on it which may not appeal to some adults.

Pros:
•Neutral colour.
•Stainless steel makes cleaning a breeze.
•Great for young children or snacks for adults.
•Lid is easy to snap on and off.
•Leakproof.

Cons:
• Removable divider may be a little too sharp to allow a young child to use the box unsupervised.
• Small size can be restrictive.

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Here is a lunch I made in this Kidoo box:

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The lunch contains meatless mine, mixed vegetables, a boiled egg and two adorable rice and seaweed pandas made with this awesome little tool which I received due to some amazing generosity from one of my blogger friends over at Bentoriffic, so go check her out and share the love 🙂

Disclaimer
I received the product to review but no cash was exchanged, my review is my honest opinion and has not been swayed by the company or anyone else.

Rilakkuma bento box review and simple vegetarian bento!

I was sent a great little product from Keep It Secret to review, a Rilakkuma bento box!

I received the Kiiroitori variation:

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Isn’t he cute!

This box is a two tiered bento box and includes a pair of Rilakkuma chopsticks:

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Now onto the review!

Cost: 5/5
At £9.99 this box is a bargain! It’s extremely hard to get an authentic Japanese box in England and if you do find one its usually £30+

Size: 5/5
This box is roughly 600ml which is a great size for a box regardless of age or gender. The bottom layer is around 200ml and the top layer is 400ml. This would allow children to have a very filling meal and maybe a snack, or an adult to have a bento without feeling hungry after it has been eaten.

Ease Of Use: 5/5
This shape and style of bento is extremely popular for a reason, because it works. There is no crafty corners to try and fill and with a little know how a varied and delicious meal can be packed quickly and efficiently.

Style: 2.5/5
The reason I have given this box half marks is because you will either love it or hate it. Chances are this box will only appeal to children or adults with a slight childish streak. It’s hard to imagine a 40 year old business man in a suit pulling this box out in front of his colleagues.

Pros:
• Authentic Japanese bento.
• Very popular character.
• Cheap and easy to pack.
• Included chopsticks.
• Colourful and eye catching.

Cons:
• Will only appeal to a certain market.
• So cute you will never want to use a plate again! ( ok so that’s not a real con but I had to say something right?)

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And here is a very simple vegetarian bento packed in this box:

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It contains rice with a bit of salad cream mix in ( it sounds horrible but try it and you’ll love it!), meatless mince, a cherry tomato and mixed vegetables.

Disclaimer
I received the product to review but no cash was exchanged, my review is my honest opinion and has not been swayed by the company or anyone else.