Tips and FAQs
Bento is a home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine which is a delicious, nutritious, and visually appealing meal eaten on the go. Bento Boxes are well portioned and have individual compartments allowing a variety of different food groups to be sectioned into one handy lunch box. They are often used for work or school lunches and are more commonly prepared the night before as the leak proof seals lock in freshness.
Yes, the Reed and Co Bento Box is leak-proof. The silicone lid keeps food separate and prevents food from leaking between compartments. Foods that have a thicker consistency like apple sauce, yoghurt and dips will remain in their compartment and not leak. However, we don’t recommend filling the compartments with liquid such as tinned fruit and its juice. Ensure you do not overfill the compartment and keep the contents cool with an ice pack if necessary.
- All food that is to be placed into the Bento Box must be cold or dry to ensure it is safe at the time of
- All left over food must be emptied and the Bento Box cleaned after each use to prevent mould from forming.
- The tray insert is made of Tritan ™ material which can be placed in the dishwasher.
- The outer box is to be wiped down only with a slightly soapy cloth due to the silicone and personalised illustrations. It is not recommended to immerse the Bento Box in water as this can cause moisture under the silicone seal. Thorough drying is required.
- The best method for drying is to keep the inner tray and outer box separate and wipe the outer box down with a dry cloth. Then keep the outer box open and angled down wards so all the water drops can get out. It is recommended that you always allow it to air dry overnight once washed.
- Ensure that all components of the Bento Box are thoroughly dry before using next.
- When the Bento Box is not in use, please store the Bento Box slightly ajar to allow air to flow through the box.
- Please ensure the tray is clicked into the outer box properly before attempting to close it.
- The Bento Box needs to be regularly checked to ensure no mould is forming. To check this please hold the outer box up underneath a light and view through the silicone lid area. Any dark patches will indicate this has occurred, if so please discontinue using.
Please note, regardless of company, model or make, mould is a risk in any product that comes into contact with food, whether to store or transport it.
Appropriate care will significantly minimise any chances of mould developing.
When purchasing a Reed and Co Bento Box, you have the option of a 4 compartment tray or a 6 compartment tray or to purchase them as a bundle. They are both interchangeable and will be leak-proof.
The reason why all Reed and Co Bento Boxes have 6 silicone seals on the lid is to always ensure you have the option of the two different types of trays. Otherwise you would have to purchase two separate boxes each with their specific seals meaning more money and storage space.
Some Bento Boxes on the market come with a design that is printed on the actual tray; however with repeated use and washing, these printed designs will scratch off over time. However, Reed and Co Bento Boxes come with a tray insert with a design. You can then use this to trace around pictures, wrapping paper, drawings to create a beautiful, unique design at the bottom of your Bento Box. As you eat, it slowly reveals the illustrations underneath.
Outer Box Size – 22.5cm x 18.5cm x 5cm
Storing and Packing Food Safely
Using your Bento Box for leftovers is a fantastic way to save money and prevent unnecessary food wastage. It saves time for packing your lunch and leftovers are so good!
Use common sense when using leftover food; if the food is a few days old, check that it is safe to consume before packing it into your Bento Box.
Reheating leftovers in a pan or microwave (preferably a pan as the heat kills off any microorganisms instantly) and then cooling it down before packing it in your Bento Box will help keep your food safer for consumption.
A source of protein is a must for a well-balanced Bento Box, however there are some foods that are not suitable for food safety reasons. Do not use any uncooked/raw meats or fish (including sushi) and ensure meats or other proteins like tofu are thoroughly cooked.
Be cautious with foods like home-made mayonnaise as well.
Keep your Bento Box cool with an ice pack or a frozen drink, especially on hot days or for kids lunches that will sit in a school bag all day. It is always best to be on the safe side when it comes to food safety.
When it comes to moist food like rice and pasta, ensure the food is cooked fresh or frozen. Moist food is a breeding ground for bad bacteria and can be unsafe to consume.
Be careful when preparing food for your Bento Box. Tasting food and then putting the utensil back into the food you are cooking can transfer germs into the food and may cause some nasties to form. When tasting, use a separate utensil and do not put it back into the food.
Ensure you wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food. You should also rewash your hands if tasting food during preparation, and after handling raw meat.
Social media ensures our Bento game is strong when it comes to styling and decorating, however be mindful not to over handle the food you are preparing. Over-handling food increases the risk of contamination. While you are perfecting your Bento Box styling, make sure you keep the food you are not using in the fridge.