Lunchbox Series – Fuel Bento

  
The third instalment of the lunchbox series will be focusing on the Fuel Bento. 

This lunchbox was actually purchased to use for me! I think I got to use it twice before my son claimed it, Well I kind of went along with it because sometimes I struggle to pack his lunch in the yumbox or others because they just aren’t big enough for what I was wanting.

 

Fuel Bento, Bentgo Kids and Yumbox Original

 
As you can see there is much bigger space to work with in the Fuel, it is also a bit deeper as well so packing taller things like corn on the cob is no trouble. 

It has two separate containers inside and they can be taken out and microwaved if you so desire. I haven’t used this function for it myself though. I wouldn’t call it leakproof at all but it does seal well. I like the compartments inside, they help with being able to pack sweet and savoury and not having to worry about things touching. The larger half is great for packing a salad or sandwiches because it’s a big space. 

When packing for my son I often use silicone cups to divide it up to fit in even more food. It’s a very versatile lunchbox. 

  
Durability is probably the only downfall apart from not being leakproof. I have seen a lot of peoples kids drop theirs and it has broken quite easily. (Falling on cement) We havnt had any trouble with ours but my son isn’t very rough either and it’s always packed in an insulated lunch bag. I don’t think it’s a very cute looking lunchbox but it’s functionality makes up for that. 

I’d say this would be excellent for a teen or adult, you can pack an array of things and only need the one box. Plus the durability wouldn’t be an issue then because most of us know well enough by then how to take care of our things!

I use the Fuel Bento on average once a week. There isn’t really any other lunchbox (that we have or like) that is the same size or has compartments like this. We will keep using it until I find something similar sized that is leakproof and more durable, but it is a great sometimes lunchbox and the price point is good too.

Here are some lunches I’ve prepared in it, it is very versatile and even though the outside may not look like a kids box what I put inside certainly does. 

  
  
  
The Fuel Definitely has a place in my Kitchen and I’ve been able to make lunches in this that wouldn’t be possible in other boxes. If you are wanting a cheaper alternative with some extra space and the person you’re packing lunch for is responsible enough not to drop it this would be a great option.

– Mel

Advertisements

Boon Cargo – Lunchbox Series

Part 2 of the Lunchbox Series: Boon Cargo. This is also one of the first boxes I ever got. (Boon trunk and cargo and a original Yumbox) this one has become one of my most favorite boxes to pack in. The shapes of the compartments are really easy to work with once you learn what fits, it can fit a whole sandwich which I think is our favourite thing as well as everything surrounding the main lunch item is really cool. Now the first lunch I ever made in this was not so great, I had no experience with such a cool lunchbox but I learnt pretty quick. 
 

The second was much the same:
 
Now those were over a year ago, I’ve put them in this post to show you that anyone can get up to the point where my lunches are now, I wasn’t very good at the start and over the past year have really learnt how to pack awesome lunches (my sons think so anyway!) We all have to start somewhere though and this was it for me. 

Now onto some from this past year, at the start I was still learning but as you can see through the progression of pictures you get better (and quicker!) each time.
 

Term 1

 
 

Term 1

 
 

Term 2

 
 

Term 2

 
 

Term 2

 
 

Term 3

 
 

Term 3

 
 

Term 3

 
  
As you can see the way I make lunches has changed quite a bit over the year. I’ve learnt what foods my son eats and doesn’t, I’ve gotten more bento tools along the way which makes making lunch more fun and I’ve worked out what works well in this lunchbox. I’ve also learnt how to take better pictures! The Boon cargo is one I use at least once a week because it’s really easy to use, holds quite a bit of food and I love the layout. Do you own a boon Cargo? I hope you’ve learnt some new tips and tricks from our pictures! Next up is the yumbox…

– Mel

Boon Trunk – Lunchbox Series

I’m going to do a few blog posts about lunches I’ve made in the same container and how they’ve changed from when I started. 
First up is the Boon Trunk; it one of the first bento boxes I ever bought. It is very versatile and can have silicone cups added to make more compartments and the lid still goes on perfectly. Here is the first ever boon trunk lunch I made, I only had a few picks and sandwich cutters at this point:

  

I slowly learnt how to pack in it and found it easier to each time:

  
   

  

  

   

Those were while he was in the last bit of kinder. Then here are some from this year when we had more bento tools to work with:

  
   
    
   

I don’t use the Boon Trunk as much as some other lunchboxes we have but it’s really fun and easy to work with. Hopefully this has shown you some different ideas of things you can pack in the Boon Trunk, the possibilities in Bento boxes really are endless! 

– Mel