Bento boxes help you to pack a healthy, colorful and tasty lunch and make lunch times at the workplace or school very interesting and something to be waited for. It is very essential to ensure that you have a box that best suits your requirements. Finding a perfect fit of the box will largely depend on what you intent to pack for your lunch.
Following are some options that are available to you:
Japanese styled Bento box
The Japanese styled bento boxes are most suited if you like carrying any type of cooked beans or grains for lunch such as rice, quinoa, lentils, barley etc. The basic idea of these boxes is to fit your lunch tightly into them so that no shifting of the food contents takes place. Packing cooked grains is easily done in them. Silicone dividers to divide the food contents are available too.The boxes have to be kept upright if they don’t have sealed lids. Cloth wrappers that are square shaped called ‘Furoshiki’ are traditionally used for this purpose. Some very slim sized boxes too are available so as to enable you to fit them into a briefcase. The Japanese styled boxes come in varied sizes, shapes, color and materials.
Thermal containers as your Bento Box
Thermal containers are ideal for people who love to have their food-stuff hot and tasty for lunch but do not have a microwave facility at the work place or school. You have the option of using the regular Japanese styled bento box and include an additional smaller thermal container for your soup or stew so as to ensure that it remains hot.
Some people love food that requires greater space and cannot be tightly squeezed to fit into the lunch box. Food items like sandwiches and certain salads fall in this category. There are two options available in this context; either pack your lunch in bigger and spacious containers or go for several containers. For example, in case of sandwiches you can pack the bread and the fillings separately. The bread is wrapped individually and the fillings packed in traditional Japanese styled bento box. The sandwich is assembled together while having your lunch. The other option is to carry the assembled sandwich for which there are several container options. For bulky salads you can go for the normal food containers which will offer you greater choices instead of huntingfrom an out-and-out lunch box container options.You can also use multiple containers as another option.
Choosing the right material
You can opt for any of the above mentioned options; what is more important is making the right choice of material for your lunch box. Glass, stainless steel, lacquer ware or wood are varied kinds of materials available for your lunch box and each one of them has their pros and cons. Weigh each one carefully before making the choice.
On a Concluding Note
Ascertain what type of lunch you prefer before selecting your lunch container; whether you want a compact grain based lunch or prefer hot food stuff or would rather eat sandwiches and salads for lunch. This will help you to choose your lunch box well.