Friday, 4 September 2015

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10 Bento Lunch Box Tools


To make Bento lunch box with some design, it is not really necessary to buy those expensive tools. You can make do with a lot of tools you find around the home and kitchen. These tools are very simple. Some are bought from Danish dollar store - Tiger. Some are from play dough toys. Some are just plastic straws.

If you don't have all of them, don't worry, really, just knife and scissors will help you go a long way.

Use tools you find around your home (see below picture):
1. knife
2. Scissors
3. Pinch set
4. Straws
5. Chopping board
6. Pounder
7. Apple cutter (not necessary, but I find that it saves time and cut apple into even slices
8. Giant sharpener from Tiger (20 DKK)
9. Round ring
10. Syringe (and pipe cleaner for cleaning it)


Some molds. The molds from the first picture is from Tiger:


Here are the 10 basic food stuff that will help to spice up a lunch box:

1. Carrot
2. Cucumber
3. Cheese
4. Black sesame seeds
5. Goji berries
6. Raisins
7. Dried seaweed
8. Peanut butter
9. Honey
10. Olive
  
 

I usually use the black sesame seeds, black olive or raisins to make the eyes of the animals. Goji berries or carrots are useful to make the mouth of the animals. Carrots, cucumber and cheese are useful to make into different shapes. Peanut butter is a very good medium as glue to hold the pieces down. Honey is good for that purpose too. Dried seaweed is very versatile and it can be cut into any shape as eyes, nose and many others.

 


For harder vegetables such as carrots, I use the pounder to push the mold down to the carrot. In this way, my hands will not hurt.

 

The giant sharpener is good for turning making carrot or cucumber into cute little "pencil" (see below):


Plastic straws are useful for use to cut round shapes:


And the syringe is as a "pen" for decorating food using honey, chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, walnut butter, etc.:


This is how I store those stencils and molds:

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