What you'll need:
a small box for packing a tight bento (Glad,
Rubbermaid or Lock and Lock work well)
a paring knife
a heart shaped cookie cutter
a small plastic bag
small melon baller
small, circular bento liners or cupcake liners
Onion Garlic Brown Rice Snaps
Thick Sliced Honey Ham
Dressed-up Cranberry Sauce, 2 T
Broccoli tops, fresh
- Ham Hearts: Using the heart shaped cookie cutter, cut hearts out of the slices of ham. Cut enough hearts so that when they are stacked, they fill the depth of the packing container.
- Cranberry Squeeze: Open a jar of the Dressed-up Cranberry Sauce that we canned recently or make a new batch of Dressed-up Cranberry Sauce. Place 2 T in a Magic Bullet and blend until smooth. Pour the sauce into the small plastic bag. Squeeze the sauce into the corner of the bag and tie a twisty tie around the bag to form a cone. Cut off the extra bag leaving the cranberry sauce in a small, sealed, cone-shaped bag.
- Canteloupe Hearts: Cut the rind from the entire canteloupe. Don't worry about the seeds on the inside, you can clean those later. Cut the ends from the canteloupe. If these ends are too thick, cut them in half to creat 2 thin, large, circles. Using your heart cookie cutter, cut hearts in the canteloupe circles. Cut enough so that when they are stacked, they full the depth of the packing container.
- Steamed Broccoli: Cut broccoli head into small pieces. Bring an inch of water or less to boil in a pot. Throw the broccoli in and cook until just soft. Remove and dip in ice cold water to stop the cooking and perserve the green color.
- Packing the Bento: A bento must be packed tight to prevent the foods from shifting during transport. So, your bento will pack differently than mine, varying based with the size and shape of the box. When packing your bento, you want to make an attractive, tightly packed box using the small bento liners to help keep ingredients separate. There is no right or wrong way so just start packing. If you find that you have extra space, go to your fridge or cabinet and pull out some small fruits or candies and tuck them where needed to complete the meal.