Making Bento Box Meals is easy when you have the right equipment. They have become popular options for carrying lunches to work, school or even an outing. The skill of preparing the perfect bento box lies in choosing the menu correctly as well as packing it rightly. The availability of essential equipment and supplies facilitates this task greatly. Following is a list of essential equipment that will facilitate the packing of your bento box.
Basic Cooking Gear
Pans: Non-stick pans in small sized and large sized diameters are necessary for sautéing, quick frying, steaming tasks, boiling and more. In addition, the presence of a couple of small to medium sized saucepans will also help a great deal in cooking the food items.
Electric Water Kettle: You can save a great deal of time when you boil water for your cooking in an electric water kettle. Otherwise, a lot of time is spent in letting a pot of water come to a boil on a gas stove.
Cast iron grill pan: This helps in cooking a piece of meat, fish, tofu or even some veggies. You can opt for pans that are enamel coated externally and plain on the inside.
Salad spinner: It is one of the best equipment that ensures your salad veggies are washed and cleaned thoroughly.
Rice cooker with a timer: The convenience of a rice cooker with a timer which offers the ‘set it and overlook it’ option of cooking rice cannot be replaced by any other. Most of the rice cookers can cook varied forms of rice and other grains and some prepare breads and soups too.
Pressure cooker: If you love to have pulses and whole grains as a part of your daily diet then a pressure cooker is a must needed item for you. Dried beans really get cooked in a matter of few minutes and taste better from a pressure cooker.
Vegetable peeler, small and long length sharp knives, vegetable slicer, microplane grater and a food processor are some of the cutting tools that are essential to ensure that your cutting process is completed as fast as possible.
Some of the larger appliances such as a toaster oven and a microwave oven are also essential. Toaster oven enables the food to be cooked in a jiffy as compared to the traditional oven.
Miscellaneous Items& Accessories
Other items such as plates and bowls for laying food items, plastic zip lock bags, the plastic wrap which is microwave safe come under this grouping. There are varied cute bento accessories that are available in the market though they do not come under essential bento equipment. Essential bento equipment is all about tools that facilitate the assembly of bento as fast as possible.However, colorful animal and alphabet food picks, chop sticks, vegetable cutter shapes, silicone baking cups, sushi rice molds are some of the interesting and varied bento box accessories certainly add zest and interest to the bento lunch.
On a Concluding Note
Making Bento Box Meals are a healthy and interesting lunch box option for the school, home and office. Having all the essential equipment with you ensures that the preparation of the bento box does not get too overwhelming for you.