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How to Pack Bento – 4 Steps Bento Packing Video

After you have planned for the presentation of your bento and prepared delicious dishes that will go into your bento box, now it’s the time for packing bento. (See The Healthy & Balanced Bento Presentation Guide for how to plan for a beautiful and nutritious bento box!) The general tips for packing your bento nicely is to pack it tight and neat, so that the food won’t be toss around in the box while being transported. The packing process which I prefer is: Step 1: Pack the rice in one corner of the bento box Step 2: Pack vegetables from the opposite side of the box Step 3: Place the mains in the center Step 4: Adjust and add garnishments to fill the gaps In this video, the carrot coins falls apart easily so I have to start with the main and then tuck in the carrot coins. You can also adjust the process based on the presentation and shape of food.

The Healthy & Balanced Bento Presentation Guide

Packing bento without using a compartment bento box may seem strange for many of you. But the truth is that you can actually pack your bento neatly and nicely without the help of compartments. As the bento box with compartments are usually bulky and heavy, using bento box without compartment Step 1: Plan for the portions There are three main elements in bento: protein, staple, and vegetables. When preparing your bento, these elements can be seen as mains, rice, and sides. 3 Portions=vegetable: Protein: Staple=1:1:1 4 Portions= vegetable: Protein: Staple=2:1:1 I usually divide my bento into three or four portions. If it’s four portions, I would double the amount of vegetable/sides since I enjoy eating lots of vegetables and it also makes bento more colorful and balanced in nutrition. Step 2: Plan for the presentation Depends on the shape of your bento box and the food, you can plan for the presentation of the bento accordingly. Most bento can be generally categorized to these 12 presentation styles. You can also follow these patterns to arrange …