Zojirushi Mr Bento Lunch Jar

What is a Bento Box?

Want a great way to carry your hot or cold lunch to work or school? Then have a look at a Zojurushi Mr Bento Lunch Jar. Originally from Japan the idea of a bento box is now catching on worldwide. Whilst the idea of the bento box can be traced back almost one thousand years this updated version certainly has a lot of uses for the modern world.

Mr Bento Lunches

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Stylish, compact and able to keep food both hot or cold in individual bowls the Mr Bento range from Zojurishi is a great way to take a packed lunch or snack anywhere. Take a look at the range available and discover that once you have your box you will be hooked! No more expensive lunches and endless waste. You will save so much on the cost of lunches and have the added benefit that you know you are being kinder to the environment too!

Zojirushi SL-JAE14SA Mr. Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar, Silver
Zojirushi SL-JAE14SA Mr. Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar, Silver

You can pack healthy lunches so it is particularly good for kids at school. The Mr Bento Lunch Jar is made of stainless steel so is tough and durable. You will find that the initial outlay pays for itself really quickly with the money that you will save in buying snacks and lunches outside the home. We all know how quickly that can add up!

The Zojirushi Mr Bento Lunch box comes complete with a fork with a cover and a convenient carrying case.


Mr Bento Stainless Lunch Jar

The Mr Bento Stainless steel lunch jar is the ideal solution for packing both hot and cold food for lunches and snacks. This ingenious design has 4 separate bowls so that you can carry soup,rice and 2 other lunch items which can be either hot or cold.

The soup bowl has an insulated twist on lid with a valve and the rice bowl has a thick lid but this is not airtight. Each of the 2 smaller bowls has a snap on plastic lid. Each bowl is easy to clean although unfortunately not dishwasher safe.

You will find lots of uses for this Mr Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar. This is the first one I bought for my children to use and now it is used almost every day. The bowls are a great size for salads, pasta and fruit. It is useful that the lunch jar also comes complete with it's own fork and spoon.

The zipped bag which you get with it is also useful for carrying and also keeping everything together whilst you store the lunch bag.  Soon your friends will be asking you where you bought it!

Zojirishi Ms Bento Lunch Jar in Stainless Steel

This design is a little different to the Mr Bento as is has an outer container and 3 microwavable inner bowls including one which can hold soup. You will also get a forked spoon and a carrying case for your Ms Bento.

The Ms Bento is ideal for people who want a slightly smaller container than the Mr Bento. It does exactly the same job - keeps cold food cold and hot food hot. It is very portable and the bag is a nice addition. I have to say it also looks pretty cool - you will get some admiring glances from your work colleagues if you take one os these into the office!

Zojirushi SL-NCE09 Ms. Bento Stainless-Steel Vacuum Lunch Jar
Zojirushi SL-NCE09 Ms. Bento Stainless-Steel Vacuum Lunch Jar

This set is a little smaller than the full size Mr Bento Lunch bowl. It comes with 3 containers which are all microwave safe and very easy to clean. Just think about how much packaging waste you will save every day with this 'green' alternative lunch box. This is a great solution for younger kids too because it is smaller to carry and you can put smaller portions in each section for their lunch. The useful spork is always a big hit with the children too - and the lunch box has it's own conveneint carrying case. Also available in a stylish aqua blue color.


Zojurishi Mini Bento Stainless Lunch Jar

Zojurishi Mini Bento Box

This is a slightly smaller capacity Mr Bento box. It has 3 containers but unlike the Mr and Ms Bento larger models there isn't one for soup. The mini bento is great for salads and rice. The bento set includes chopsticks, chopsticks holder and easy to care insulated bag.

Main Bowl 9.8 oz. / Large Side Bowl 6.7 oz. / Small Side Bowl 5.6 oz.

There is also a slightly larger version of the mini Mr Bento. This is available in an attractive blue color. What are the comparative sizes?

The green mini version has a capacity of 9.8, 6.7 and 5.6 oz for each of the 3 bowls. The blue or lavender version has 12.7, 8.7 and 7 oz capacity.

Main Bowl 9.8 oz. / Large Side Bowl 6.7 oz. / Small Side Bowl 5.6 oz.

More Bento Boxes

Kotobuki 2-Tiered Bento Box, Brown/Red Cherry (Sakura) Blossom
Kotobuki 2-Tiered Bento Box, Brown/Red Cherry (Sakura) Blossom

If you really want to have a stylish Bento Box then this one is an excellent choice. Styled in the traditional Japanese way this is such a beautiful design.This two-tiered bento box has a deep brown textured body and is decorated with red and white cherry blossoms. A very traditional Japanese look. It has 2 stacked compartments so that you can keep food separately in the box. The top and bottom compartments are microwave safe so food can be heated up. But this type of design does not have the insulating features of the Zojurushi boxes.

Zojirushi Mini Bento Stainless Lunch Jar Set
Zojirushi Mini Bento Stainless Lunch Jar Set

If you want to stand out from the crowd then this lunch box is a good choice. A bright cheerful design which has stainless-steel main bowl and 2 microwaveable side bowls. This set also has chopsticks and will keep food hot or cold for hours. Just the thing to take to work for lunch. The set also has a tote bag for carrying and also storing fruit and other snacks.


What Can I Put in My Bento Box?

Once you have your bento box you may want some ideas for different lunches and meals to pack. The traditional base of a Japanese bento box is cold rice or noodles. Of course with the Zojorushi bento box you have the option of keeping rice or noodles hot.

The the Okazu or side dishes are added. There are thousands of combinations and you will soon get very creative with ideas of what you can have in your bento box. Some recipe books would help you along!

The new Zojorushi insulated lunch boxes make the possibilities endless as you can pack hot or cold food.

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Bento Box Recipes

Bento Box Recipe Books

Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches
Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches

This highly reviewed and recommended book is the perfect place to get some ideas and inspiration for your packed lunches for your bento box. No need to stick with the same ideas day after day this will give you the inspiration to try something different. Easy to follow ideas and recipes will make you want to try out and use your bento box every day! The book also includes a helpful shopping list for you to plan your bento box meals each week.


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