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I have only recently gotten clued in to the Bento box. Sure, I have seen them before but I was unaware of the depth to them. There are Bento boxes for adults, kids and fancy ones that are practically works of art. There is even a rich history regarding the boxes. There is also a process for packing the boxes.

The method of packing a lunch is dictated by the content. Rice is packed one way, while foods needing separate containers is packed in another manner. Following is a short description of a rice based lunch.
  • Fill about half of box with rice, letting it cool. Scoot rice to one side, leaving about one half of the container open.
  • Insert main protein dish. If you have problems fitting it it, cut into manageable pieces.
  • Cut up veggies and place in remaining space.
  • If you have any more space, place filler items like cherry tomatoes, small wrapped cheeses or cut carrots.
The above example uses rice, but it could just as easily be done with pasta. To see a professional do it, visit Lunch in a Box where lunch packing is truly an art form.


  • Shauna Swartz

    Thanks, Heather! I'm crazy for bento, too. And Lunch in a Box is such a fantastic site.

    If you haven't already, you might want to ceck out Cooking Cute for a great list of more bento sites:

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