Thursday, September 18, 2008

New Thermal Bento Boxes!

I had been eyeing these bento boxes for a long time. Almost for as long as I've been making bento lunches. Somehow though, I couldn't justify the expense because they were quite a bit pricier than any of our other bento boxes.

Then I discovered Thai curries.

I haven't been able to get the image of having hot Thai curries for lunch on a cold winter's day for about three weeks now. And I know it's not exactly winter yet, but it's best to get prepared early, right?

So I finally bit the bullet and ordered these two gorgeous Zojirushi thermal bento sets from ebay (They're available on as well but they don't ship to Canada). They arrived today and I am thrilled with them.
The blue set is mine and the black set is for BF. Each set includes a thermal container with a removable plastic liner. To use it, pour boiling water straight into the metal outside container and let it sit for two minutes to heat up. Then pour out the water, insert the plastic liner, fill it with hot food. and put the lid on it.

There are also two smaller side dish containers, each of which have wonderfully snug fitting lids, a carrying case, as well as a set of plastic chopsticks in a case. The chopsticks have textured tips to help you get a better grip on your food.

Here's a front view so you can see the difference in size. The blue set holds 640ml and the black set holds 820ml which are the perfect size for BF and I. There is a green set in the series as well which is even smaller. The insides of the containers have clear guidelines to help you avoid overfilling them.

Here they are, packed in their bags. The bags are made from nylon and are not thermal. There's a little pocket in the strap for the chopstick case and a drawstring closure at the top. The containers fit into these bags perfectly, there is no room for anything extra.
One neat feature about these lunch sets is that when you've eaten your lunch and the containers are empty, you can compact them to about half of their size. The two small containers nest inside the larger containers with the lids on top. There is a drawstring that you pull on the side to make the bag smaller, and a second snap on the handle of the bag to lock everything in place. I think this will be useful for BF who often goes to play sports straight after work, so that it won't take up much room in his gym bag.

Overall, I'm extremely impressed with the quality of these lunch sets. I can't wait to start using them!


allthingspurple said...

wow..I am drooling at your themal bento boxes ! We only got one and that's for hubby. My food get cold all the time. I don't mind but it would be nicer to have warm food.

Bento Pet said...

Wow! This is awesome, especially when one can half it's size when it's empty! I haven't seen this model in Malaysia yet! You did the right thing to buy it! Awesome!!

Jacki said...

Hi Allthingspurple!

I decided to treat myself this time :)So worth it!

Hi Bento Pet!

Do you have trouble getting bento stuff in Malaysia? I can't find anything here on the east coast of Canada. I have to order everything online

Bento Pet said...

We used to have to buy Bento stuff via online and from neighboring country Singapore but we're lucky that the 100Yen store is now listening to enough 'requests' to bring in more bento stuff and now it's just been a blast!

Jomamma (judith) said...

Jacki did you get this on line or at a local store? I think I've seen something like this in one of the local Asian markets here. I didn't open it, I will next time to check it out.

Jacki said...

Hi Jomamma!
I got it from ebay. If you can get them locally, you should definitely pick one up!

eilis alana said...

I am soo happy to see this post and the one after it!

In my newbie bento frenzy I have ordered this kind of thermal set and another (where everything goes into the bigger container but goes from the hottest to room temperature as you move toward the top).

I ordered both items from Amazon, the one like yours (in lavender) has not arrived yet and since it has still been pretty warm here (I am lost in Yonkers) I have not had much reason to use it --- yet!

I am thinking of using some of my bento gear for my next Boy Scout camping trip -- Fridays are so hectic so will probably pack a nice dinner in the thermals.

Jacki said...

Hi Eilis Alana!

Newbie bento frenzy!! So fun!! You're going to love it!

I love packing bento lunches for picnics and I'm sure they'd be great for camping too.