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How much food can you fit into a bento box?

We get it. Sometimes you're just hungry.

Maybe you just hit the summit of a grueling hike, or maybe you simply survived a string of morning meetings. When it's time to eat, you need a wholesome, filling lunch that won't let you down.

While Japan certain exceeds in creating small things, it's a common misconception that all bento boxes are small. We carry bentos ranging from about 300 ml in capacity to a massive 3 liters (great for sharing)!

To put our bento boxes to the test, we cooked up a hearty 110 g (about 1/4 lb.) adult portion of pasta plus some sides to see if we could fit it all into an 'Large' sized box (spoiler: we could).


What's your big appetite bento lunch go-to? Share with us on social media using the hashtag #bentoandco!

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We get it. Sometimes you're just hungry.

Maybe you just hit the summit of a grueling hike, or maybe you simply survived a string of morning meetings. When it's time to eat, you need a wholesome, filling lunch that won't let you down.

While Japan certain exceeds in creating small things, it's a common misconception that all bento boxes are small. We carry bentos ranging from about 300 ml in capacity to a massive 3 liters (great for sharing)!

To put our bento boxes to the test, we cooked up a hearty 110 g (about 1/4 lb.) adult portion of pasta plus some sides to see if we could fit it all into an 'Large' sized box (spoiler: we could).


What's your big appetite bento lunch go-to? Share with us on social media using the hashtag #bentoandco!

Read more


How to Pack a Bento Box

As you probably know, packing a well-balanced bento is more than just tossing leftovers into a box (although sometimes even we do that too 😅). We often get questions from customers asking how they can pack their bento box to make it look as healthy and beautiful as bentos they see on social media and around the internet.

We know that packing a photogenic bento box can seem like daunting task. But don't worry, we're here to help!

Let's take a look at an efficient bento packing example, using our Kokeshi Geiko Bento Box:


Bento Packing Tips:

  1. First and foremost, you can get the most out of your bento lunch by focusing on variety! Instead of loading up one side of your box with only one starch or vegetable, use a divider or cup to add just a few pieces of different foods from various nutrition groups. This tactic helps reduce eating fatigue by making your lunch an adventure through various flavors and adds a ton of visual appeal.
Claudia Lebenskunst Bento Box

Photo by @claudias_lebenskunst on Instagram

 

2. Prepare ahead of time! As meal preppers around the world can attest, you're much more likely to bring a healthy meal to lunch if you don't need to prepare in the morning when you're in a rush. One great way to help ensure your prep success is to store your various bento foods in the fridge using bento storage cups like our Freep Cups or Cube Stocker. These convenient cups allow you refrigerate pre-organized food and then stick them directly in your bento box before heading out the door!

 

Freep Cup Bento Prep Tool Bento&co        Cube Stocker Bento Prep Tool Bento&co

3. Pack directionally! We find that working from one side to the other (or in a circle for round bentos) helps prop up food against each other, maximizing the use of vertical space and again adding extra visual appeal. Check out some great examples of this packing technique below:
Angela Ng Bento Box
Photo by @thisisangelang on Instagram
A general rule we follow is - the more colors, the better!
idontlikechocolatebrownies Kokeshi Bento
Photo by @idontlikechocolatebrownies on Instagram
And when packing a sandwich, cut it in half and pack vertically for cross-sectional goodness!
Sandwich Bento&co Bento
Have some bento packing tips of your own? Show us how you prep by tagging your bento photos with #bentoandco on social media!

Read more

As you probably know, packing a well-balanced bento is more than just tossing leftovers into a box (although sometimes even we do that too 😅). We often get questions from customers asking how they can pack their bento box to make it look as healthy and beautiful as bentos they see on social media and around the internet.

We know that packing a photogenic bento box can seem like daunting task. But don't worry, we're here to help!

Let's take a look at an efficient bento packing example, using our Kokeshi Geiko Bento Box:


Bento Packing Tips:

  1. First and foremost, you can get the most out of your bento lunch by focusing on variety! Instead of loading up one side of your box with only one starch or vegetable, use a divider or cup to add just a few pieces of different foods from various nutrition groups. This tactic helps reduce eating fatigue by making your lunch an adventure through various flavors and adds a ton of visual appeal.
Claudia Lebenskunst Bento Box

Photo by @claudias_lebenskunst on Instagram

 

2. Prepare ahead of time! As meal preppers around the world can attest, you're much more likely to bring a healthy meal to lunch if you don't need to prepare in the morning when you're in a rush. One great way to help ensure your prep success is to store your various bento foods in the fridge using bento storage cups like our Freep Cups or Cube Stocker. These convenient cups allow you refrigerate pre-organized food and then stick them directly in your bento box before heading out the door!

 

Freep Cup Bento Prep Tool Bento&co        Cube Stocker Bento Prep Tool Bento&co

3. Pack directionally! We find that working from one side to the other (or in a circle for round bentos) helps prop up food against each other, maximizing the use of vertical space and again adding extra visual appeal. Check out some great examples of this packing technique below:
Angela Ng Bento Box
Photo by @thisisangelang on Instagram
A general rule we follow is - the more colors, the better!
idontlikechocolatebrownies Kokeshi Bento
Photo by @idontlikechocolatebrownies on Instagram
And when packing a sandwich, cut it in half and pack vertically for cross-sectional goodness!
Sandwich Bento&co Bento
Have some bento packing tips of your own? Show us how you prep by tagging your bento photos with #bentoandco on social media!

Read more


KonMari's Zero Waste Gift Wrapping Tips

Marie Kondo, better known as 'KonMari', is now world-famous for her organization and waste-reducing advice. In celebration of the gift giving season, KonMari recently shared her favorite trick for reducing holiday waste: wrapping gifts with elegant furoshiki wrapping cloths!

 

 

On her website, KonMari calls furoshiki 'the ultimate example of minimalism in Japanese aesthetics,' and we couldn't agree more! These versatile fabrics often display traditional motifs and celebrate the changing of the seasons in one versatile cloth that will never go out of style. When using a furoshiki to wrap a gift, KonMari recommends that you 'focus on the person for whom the gift is intended, the gift itself and the furoshiki'.

After unwrapping your beautiful gift, your furoshiki can be used over and over for a variety of applications, including transporting your lunch box (of course!), carrying a wine bottle or decorating a table setting! Check out our video below to learn how to wrap a furoshiki three different ways:

 

 

Most of our furoshiki cloths are designed and made right here in Kyoto- and with a history that dates back to the Japan's Nara Period (AD 710 to 794), their use is truly at the heart of Japanese minimalism.

And we think replacing single use wraps and bags with a furoshiki cloth just may 'spark joy'.

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Marie Kondo, better known as 'KonMari', is now world-famous for her organization and waste-reducing advice. In celebration of the gift giving season, KonMari recently shared her favorite trick for reducing holiday waste: wrapping gifts with elegant furoshiki wrapping cloths!

 

 

On her website, KonMari calls furoshiki 'the ultimate example of minimalism in Japanese aesthetics,' and we couldn't agree more! These versatile fabrics often display traditional motifs and celebrate the changing of the seasons in one versatile cloth that will never go out of style. When using a furoshiki to wrap a gift, KonMari recommends that you 'focus on the person for whom the gift is intended, the gift itself and the furoshiki'.

After unwrapping your beautiful gift, your furoshiki can be used over and over for a variety of applications, including transporting your lunch box (of course!), carrying a wine bottle or decorating a table setting! Check out our video below to learn how to wrap a furoshiki three different ways:

 

 

Most of our furoshiki cloths are designed and made right here in Kyoto- and with a history that dates back to the Japan's Nara Period (AD 710 to 794), their use is truly at the heart of Japanese minimalism.

And we think replacing single use wraps and bags with a furoshiki cloth just may 'spark joy'.

Read more


November Bento Snaps Contest Winner Announced!

The winner of our November Bento Snaps Competition is @lovin_bento (Instagram)! Her elegant autumn-themed vegan bento features black rice, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts and momiji Maple leaf carrot slices! Congratulations on winning a $100 gift card!

November Bento Snaps Contest Japanese Lunch Box Bento&co

photo credit: @lovin_bento (Instagram)

 

We always have so many amazing Bento Snaps submissions from bento chefs of all backgrounds and experience levels, and last month was no exception! Thank you to everyone who participated by tagging your bento with #bentoandcophoto throughout November. Here are just a few of our other favorites from this past month:

November Bento Snaps Contest Japanese lunch box Bento&co

Honeynut squash stuffed lamb ragu and fresh berries from @claudias_lebenskunst on Instagram

 

November Bento Snaps Contest Japanese lunch box Bento&co

Yakiniku (grilled meat) and chestnut shaped onigiri rice balls from @mamaberlsays on Instagram

 

November Bento Snaps Contest Japanese lunch box Bento&co

Smoked mackerel, salmon roe, fresh fruit and dried figs from @es_bento on Instagram

 

There will be no Bento Snaps Contest during the month of December, but stay tuned for more in the beginning of next year! Until then, keep up the great work and don't forget that bento boxes are the perfect holiday leftovers transporter 🍗

🌽🎄

Read more

The winner of our November Bento Snaps Competition is @lovin_bento (Instagram)! Her elegant autumn-themed vegan bento features black rice, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts and momiji Maple leaf carrot slices! Congratulations on winning a $100 gift card!

November Bento Snaps Contest Japanese Lunch Box Bento&co

photo credit: @lovin_bento (Instagram)

 

We always have so many amazing Bento Snaps submissions from bento chefs of all backgrounds and experience levels, and last month was no exception! Thank you to everyone who participated by tagging your bento with #bentoandcophoto throughout November. Here are just a few of our other favorites from this past month:

November Bento Snaps Contest Japanese lunch box Bento&co

Honeynut squash stuffed lamb ragu and fresh berries from @claudias_lebenskunst on Instagram

 

November Bento Snaps Contest Japanese lunch box Bento&co

Yakiniku (grilled meat) and chestnut shaped onigiri rice balls from @mamaberlsays on Instagram

 

November Bento Snaps Contest Japanese lunch box Bento&co

Smoked mackerel, salmon roe, fresh fruit and dried figs from @es_bento on Instagram

 

There will be no Bento Snaps Contest during the month of December, but stay tuned for more in the beginning of next year! Until then, keep up the great work and don't forget that bento boxes are the perfect holiday leftovers transporter 🍗

🌽🎄

Read more


How to Make Takoyaki (Octopus dumplings)

Takoyaki, gooey ball-shaped dumplings filled with octopus, are one of the most popular street foods in Japan. Using a special takoyaki pan designed with spherical molds, this yummy snack is made with just a few ingredients and topped with a special takoyaki sauce. 

Now you can make these delicious, piping hot snacks at home using our Takoyaki pan and cooking accessories!

The process of creating the balls requires a few minutes of constant rotating, which makes it a fun interactive event for family gatherings and parties!

See below for full recipe and cooking instructions.

 

Ingredients

 

200 g takoyaki flour

one egg

600 ml water

cooking oil (for greasing the pan)

200 g sliced octopus

30 ml minced pickled ginger (2 tbsp)

takoyaki sauce (add to taste)

optional: tenkasu flakes and hoshi ebi dried shrimps

 

Recipe (makes about 40 takoyaki) 

1. Pour 200 g takoyaki flour into a mixing bowl

2. Add one egg and 600 ml water

3. Mix until homogenous

4. Grease the pan thoroughly with oil and preheat on the stove

5. Pour mixture into each mold (fill about halfway)

6. Add sliced octopus, minced pickled ginger to each mold

Optional: We also added tenkasu (crispy flour batter bits) and hoshi ebi small dried shrimps 

7. Cook until boiling

8. Use a skewer or toothpick to release the edges of each mold and flip!

9. Continue rotating until balls form (should be golden brown)

10. Remove from pan and top with sauce, nori flakes and katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes)

11. Enjoy!

 

Bento&co takoyaki octopus balls Japanese street food Kyoto Osaka

Bento&co takoyaki octopus balls Japanese street food Kyoto Osaka

See all of our takoyaki cooking essentials here!

Read more

Takoyaki, gooey ball-shaped dumplings filled with octopus, are one of the most popular street foods in Japan. Using a special takoyaki pan designed with spherical molds, this yummy snack is made with just a few ingredients and topped with a special takoyaki sauce. 

Now you can make these delicious, piping hot snacks at home using our Takoyaki pan and cooking accessories!

The process of creating the balls requires a few minutes of constant rotating, which makes it a fun interactive event for family gatherings and parties!

See below for full recipe and cooking instructions.

 

Ingredients

 

200 g takoyaki flour

one egg

600 ml water

cooking oil (for greasing the pan)

200 g sliced octopus

30 ml minced pickled ginger (2 tbsp)

takoyaki sauce (add to taste)

optional: tenkasu flakes and hoshi ebi dried shrimps

 

Recipe (makes about 40 takoyaki) 

1. Pour 200 g takoyaki flour into a mixing bowl

2. Add one egg and 600 ml water

3. Mix until homogenous

4. Grease the pan thoroughly with oil and preheat on the stove

5. Pour mixture into each mold (fill about halfway)

6. Add sliced octopus, minced pickled ginger to each mold

Optional: We also added tenkasu (crispy flour batter bits) and hoshi ebi small dried shrimps 

7. Cook until boiling

8. Use a skewer or toothpick to release the edges of each mold and flip!

9. Continue rotating until balls form (should be golden brown)

10. Remove from pan and top with sauce, nori flakes and katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes)

11. Enjoy!

 

Bento&co takoyaki octopus balls Japanese street food Kyoto Osaka

Bento&co takoyaki octopus balls Japanese street food Kyoto Osaka

See all of our takoyaki cooking essentials here!

Read more