Well I am trying to do good on my last post and here I am actually writing a blog entry! CRAZY!! So I thought I would write about my current obsession with lunch boxes. Like I have a serious addiction to these things. And since my fiance and I (I GOT ENGAGED! Since I didn’t make a post about that lol I just thought I would mention it.) are trying to eat healthier, bento box style lunches seemed like some I should look into. The soon-to-be-Mr. has made me actual Japanese style bento lunches before and I always really loved them but they are a lot of work and he puts a bit of time into them, so they aren’t the most practical for everyday use.
(but they are super cute!)
So anyway- I follow some Pinterest board about lunchboxes and say a lot of pictures of Easy Lunchboxes and I become very interested in them. I started looking up all different kinds of bento and lunchboxes on Amazon like a mad woman! I spent way more time than I should have! But after reading reviews and other bloggers post about them I thought I would give them a try. I figured if they helped me eat healthier and save money on food (not to mention eating much less processed/packaged foods!) then they would be worth it. And I was in love with the ‘bright’ color version. I also bought some of the much cheaper Ziploc version when I was at Target for comparison (and so I could make Myko lunches too- he said he didn’t care what it looked like!)
Honestly I could tell the difference in quality immediately. The EL are made of much sturdier stuff for sure. One of the Ziploc ones actually cracked a tiny bit when I was handwashing it before I even used it! It is just my personal preference but I also find the EL to be more stylish/visually appealing. But that isn’t a big deal. The Ziploc containers did seal better- I put water in each and closed them to see how much would leak out if turned upside down and the Ziploc did do a better job. Although the EL packaging does state it is not leak proof, so it isn’t a big secret. After a bit of jostling the Ziploc leaked too though.
So to end my comparison of the two- they both seem to be useful for their purpose, but if you want something more sturdy I would go with the EL. I have not used them in the dishwasher or microwave yet, but just from the feel they are so much more sturdy and would probably hold up better and more long term than the Ziploc (so it might be better to just spend a little bit more to get them to last longer vs having to keep buying more of the cheaper Ziplocs). But I can understand being tight on money… Easy Lunchboxes are my pick in the end though.
I also bought a new lunch bag so that I would be able to fit the EL for taking them to work and such (and that is such a cute lunch bag!). I love the pattern and it even came with a box in it! When I put the EL inside there was more free space (so maybe one could put an ice pack in with the EL!). And the upper compartment was a nice size as well- I could fit an apple and a banana and there was still plenty of extra room.
Some of my supplies! I got the breakcutters at a thrift store a little while ago and bought the silicone baking cups at Micheals for $5 (look on the website/app for a coupon! I had a 50% off baking supplies coupon!)
A work in progress! This was my
messy station! I try to buy as much food as possible at the Farmers Market (and not as much at big grocery stores)- so this week I put everything away and labeled it right away so it would make things easier for me (and it definitely did!).
So all in all I am very happy with my purchase and I think it will pay off (I wish I could have gotten them for free- but oh well! :D) I wish I had caught on to this sooner! But I am having fun now that I have. I want to work on expanding my bento collection and get more goodies to use (I want to get cute animal toothpicks!) But for now this will be enough (my empty bank account demands it) and maybe I will post more in the future about how it goes. I would love to get some stainless steel bentos but they are wayyyyy out of my price range! For now I am excited just to get started with these!
And I will end this post with a kitty picture! She was being my assistant while I took pictures with my phone.