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Bento Tool Review – Lunch Punch Cutters

Seen this before?

Lunch Punch Match and Munch

Lunch Punch Match and Munch

I have always wanted to own Lunch Punch Puzzle set (the official name is Lunch Punch Match & Munch), totally glad to be blessed with a set to “play with”. 😛  Actually, it wasn’t me who was playing with it, but my daughter.

My daughter  first used the edible marker to draw on the bread, followed by cutting the bread into the various ‘puzzle pieces’ using the cutter.  According to the seller, one trick for the cutter is to use it on a flat surface, press down, twist and turn just a little, to cut through bread.

Daughter drew and cut

Daughter drew and cut

My daughter then had fun fixing her own puzzle pieces together 😀  She drew and made the rabbit one, while I made the other puzzle.

Had fun fixing the "puzzle pieces" together

Had fun fixing the “puzzle pieces” together

Bread Puzzles!

Bread Puzzles!

And of course, the best part is to eat them 😛 (oops, the pieces were upside down :P)

Daughter enjoyed munching the puzzle pieces :P

Daughter enjoyed munching the puzzle pieces 😛

More complicated puzzle designs can be done using the other 2 cutters, with instructions that is easily available on simplethots’ website..

4 x 4 puzzle bread

4 x 4 puzzle bread

What I love about the Lunch Punch Match and Munch

It’s BPA free.  My main issue with most bento tools is that they are not BPA free.  It was a pleasant surprise to read from the local supplier’s website that they are BPA free!

Another wonderful thing about these cutters is that they make the plain sandwich making really fun and interesting.  Provides great bonding time between the children and parents, especially if your child has an artistic flair, drawing on a ‘bread canvas sheet’ will certainly entice them to eat more 😉

There are also other designs available.  Check them out at simple thots !!!

Good news!  It’s the Great Singapore Sale!!!!

I was just been told that there is a promotion for these cutters!!! Woo hoo!!!!  Check out the Singapore promotion here:

Lunch Punch Great Singapore Sale Promotion at ToTT

The not so good side

For bringing to school, I wonder if my daughter will have the time to eat and fix the puzzle 😛  Oh well, probably not for packing to school.  Great for a relaxing picnic at the park, or just bonding time at home.

The size of the cutter is also slightly smaller than a normal slice of bread, which will gives breadcrumbs. This is especially so when making the bigger 4 x 4 puzzle.

The size of the cutter compared to Sunshine bread

The size of the cutter compared to Sunshine bread

However, such problem is not new to bento-making and can be overcome by using the breadcrumbs to make other yummy food.  Eg, some bento’ers use the sides to make garlic/furikake breadsticks, while others make bread pudding.  Bakeries are also selling bread loaves that are of smaller sizes, so this may not be a big issue. 🙂

Happy Puzzling 🙂

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Bento Tools Indulgence

Christmas comes early for me 😛  Lots of new bento tools, expensive bento boxes that even I’m surprised that I bought, plus cool kitchen gadget, all arrived at my home at the bestest time ever.  Well, things at home weren’t that smooth, and I really needed something to cheer me up a little. Which was why all my purchases really chose the right timing to arrive 🙂

My purchases came from 2 sources, good old CK Tang (I have voucher :P) and Bento and Co.  Top with some stuffs I asked my sister in law to help me get from her Japan trip.  Weeeeeeee, I’m a happy gal! 😀

Here’s a picture of all the stuffs.  But the food processor and the bento book are so cool that I will dedicate a special post for them.  The Kokeshi Box and the Kimono Murasaki Bento box are two indulgence.  I was probably possessed when I click the “Add to cart” button.  Though pretty, I’m a little regretful that I bought them.

Haiz, to comfort myself, treat these as my birthday present then.

Indulgence

Indulgence

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Online Bento Sprees

Sometimes I think bento making is just an excuse for women to find more channels to satisfy our shopping need.  😛  Afterall, most bento-makers are probably in our 30s, and have probably seen enough for clothings, accessories, bags, and what have you.  Buying bento tools is a totally new ‘territory’ for we women (and some men).  And probably helps satisfy some childhood needs that wasn’t satisfied 😛

Hai ya, after one whole paragraph of talk talk talk, let’s get back to the theme in this post 😛  New bento tools!!!! puahhaha…. 😛

So what did I buy this time?

Barans and Picks!!!

I saw those lettuce from a fellow bento pal and totally love it!  My children don’t eat the lettuce that I used to put into the boxes.  😦  So laying my hands on this will certainly saves some bento running cost 😛

Bento Tools - Barans and Picks

Bento Tools - Barans and Picks

Missed out these pics when I took pictures of the above. 🙂

More Picks

More Picks

Stainless Steel Lunchbags

Those pretty and colorful lunchboxes are simply attractive. But but but…. as of now, most of them are not BPA-free :(.  Most BPA-free products like Lock and Locks are not very pretty at all. 😦

These stainless steel boxes that I found by accident in a local shops seem to satisfy both problems 😀  I subsequently found that online and started bringing them in myself 😉

Ain’t they cute?  Wanna guess which of is mine?

Pretty and Cute Stainless Steel Lunchboxes

Pretty and Cute Stainless Steel Lunchboxes

The answer is – Rilakkuma Stainless Steel Lunchboxes for my daughter  (thought I really like the Paul Frank box too.  Large enough for son.  Well, let’s see how long can I withstand the temptation.)

Rilakkuma Stainless Steel Lunchbox

Rilakkuma Stainless Steel Lunchbox

 

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Lunchboxes

Lunchboxes – Bento makers’ weakness 😛  Or is it just me?  Do other bento makers have the same ‘problem’?  We see nice and unique lunchboxes, we can’t help but want to have them 😛  Noticed my new lunchbox in my last bento for son last week?  Hee Hee 😛

Well, I couldn’t resist.  First bought the green one and the small yellow sauce container for son, and didn’t plan to get for daughter. She simply has too many!!  But when I saw the pink box at another Lego shop, I succumbed and bought one for her too 😛

Green box for him

Lego Big Square Lunchbox in green and small sauce container box

Lego Big Square Lunchbox in green and small sauce container box

Another view of the Lego Boxes

Another view of the Lego Boxes

Pink Lego box for her

Lego Big Square Lunchbox in pink.  Nice right?

Lego Big Square Lunchbox in pink. Nice right?

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Using Rice Mold to Make Bread Ball

When I make the Hello Kitty Bread ball using my rice molds a few days ago, I didn’t give a 2nd thought that it’s a good idea.  But I received feedback from friends that they need instructions.  So here it is, instruction on how you can use rice mold to make bread ball. 🙂

Description for each step are under each picture.

How to Make Bread Ball using Rice Mold.

Cut the sides of the bread

Cut the sides of the bread

 

Put spread on the bread

Put spread on the bread

Bring the 4 corners of the bread together

Bring the 4 corners of the bread together

After bringing in the 4 corners, bring the sides to the middle too. Press and hold to stick them together slightly.

After bringing in the 4 corners, bring the sides to the middle too. Press and hold to stick them together slightly.

Put the bread into the rice mold with smooth side up.  Shape the bread within the mold.

Put the bread into the rice mold with smooth side up. Shape the bread within the mold.

Insert the rice mold cover and press in.

Insert the rice mold cover and press in.

Take out the rice mold cover and we are nearly done.

Take out the rice mold cover and we are nearly done.

Add facial features using nori, edible markers, ham, cheese, etc.

Add facial features using nori, edible markers, ham, cheese, etc.

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Thermal Food Jar Review

I really have no idea how did I accumulated these food jars.

It all started wotj the Tiger food jar which I bought when son was at Primary 2.  He needed to stay back for CCA.  So the first food jar was purchased so I can bring hot lunch for him before his CCA started.  And with bento making since my daughter enters Primary 1, more jars joined the family. 😛

Tips on using thermal food jars

Before I move on to the review, just a tip on how to keep food longer in thermal food jars.   If you want to pack hot food, before pouring in the food, pour in boiling water into the jar, close the lid and leave the hot water inside for about 10 mins.  After 10 mins, pour away the water and put in the food.

I shall rate the food jar according to :

Best Performance – Zojirushi

Best suited for little children who may leave their expensive food jars around 😛 – Sanrio  (I will share more about Thermos in the write-up below)

Anyway, here are the food jars I have :

All my thermal food jars

All my thermal food jars

From LHS to RHS :

Tiger (0.9L, about S$ 70+)

Plus – has a small container for garnish/condiment

Minus – Performance is average.  Non soup food like pasta is only warm after 2 hours.

Zojirushi (0.5L, sale price at S$ 60)

Plus – (1) best performance.  Son’s words “Food was still hot.” (versus “warm” for other food jars)  On one of the days, son didn’t have time to drink up the soup.  When I was washing up the jar 12 hours later, the soup was warm still!  So if son consume the food around recess time, I can imagine the soup was “piping hot” (son’s words).

(2) It has another lid that allows pressure to be released.  This can reduce/eliminate the ‘pop’ whenever we open thermal food jars.

Minus – Pretty pricey, especially since some children have the tendency to leave stuffs around without bringing them home 😦

Thermos Foogo (top, 0.29L, S$ 28), Thermos (bottom, sale price at $24.90)

Just a note about Thermos.  The food jars are a lot cheaper outside Singapore!!!  Even Korea’s Gmarket price is half off the price here!

I bought the purple Foogo jar (top) from Malaysia Jusco for about RM $64 (S$ 26), can’t really remember the exact.  However in Singapore, it cost S$ 49.90!!! 😦

Pros – If purchased at offer price or from outside Singapore, Thermos’ jars are relatively cheaper than the better performers.  Good for children to bring to school actually.

Minus – Performance is the worst.  Food was warm by recess time, which is about 4 hours after putting food in.

Sanrio My Melody (0.28L, S$ 29.90)

Not difficult to know why my daughter loves this right?  Because of this, she willingly want to pack rice to school 🙂

Just a note again.  Although on paper, the Sanrio food jar’s capacity seems lesser than Thermos, but on measuring, it can hold more than Thermos!!! Probably got to do with how the different brands measure the capacity of their food jars.

Pros – Very attractive designs, especially for little girls.

Minus – Performance is also so-so. Equivalent to Thermos.  But the performance is indicated on the box anyway.  So users already know what to expect. Nothing hidden. 🙂

Hope this review helps.

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Bento 129 Precious Balloon Bento

It’s a simple quick to assemble bento.  I had time to just chat with kids while waiting for their respective buses to come.  We seem to do less of that!  I MUST do that daily.

So, remember, bento shouldn’t steal your time away from your kids.  If it does drop it!   Just pack simply plain box.

I have no idea what animal did I make! Cat? Dog? whatever 😛

Food : French toast and berries.

Precious Balloon Bento

Precious Balloon Bento

This cutter from Daiso is one of the best!!! Minimal bread wastage. Love using it. 🙂

Bread cutter from Daiso

Bread cutter from Daiso

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