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Bento Supply Expose: Oval Bento Box

on September 9, 2014

If you’ve read my blog ever, you should recognize this box from Color Life. I use it a lot, a whole lot. I like the oval shape, (it lets me have a a lot of options for making lunches) I like the colors, (I’ve got orange and green, but there’s also blue and pink) and you all know how much I love stacking boxes (a whole lot!). In fact, this is probably the box I use the most. Now, a few of you might be asking yourself why I use this one so much if the Clapping Mark one I talked about last week is my favorite. It’s really simply because this one is easier to pack. The Clapping one limits me a bit on sandwiches and I can put any of my sandwich shapes in here.

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You can see it’s similar to the Clapping March in that it has a top tier, bottom tier, and lids. The differences are that in this box, the top tier serves as the lid for the bottom tier, instead of fitting in the lid of the bottom tier. And, in this box, the bigger tier is on the bottom. The bottom tier is 5″ long, 3 1/4″ wide and 1 1/2″ deep. It holds a nice amount of stuff, really, and I use it mostly for sandwiches and crackers. The girls love getting mini bagel sandwiches and they fit perfectly in here. The other boxes I have are not deep enough for the bagels. The top tier, which comes with the white lid, is 4 1/2″ long, 2 3/4″ wide and 1 1/4″ deep. As you can see, it’s quite a bit smaller than the other tier, but it fits silicon cupcake liners perfectly, and I can fit two in there with a little room to spare. Here’s how the tiers fit together.

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(I’ve recently realized that almost all the photos I take with this box is with the green one only. I don’t know why I do that. Since the lunches are almost always identical, I only photograph one, but I don’t know why I always seem to pick green. Orange is my favorite color.)

And then here is the box with the lid.

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Not photographed is the band I put around the boxes. It’s important that you know these boxes do not come with bands, but in my opinion, they need bands. The white lid on the top tier is pretty tightly sealed, but the top tier is not sealed to the bottom tier at all and could easily come apart in a lunch bag. Not to fret, though, bands are relatively cheap at bento suppliers and, if you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can easily make on yourself with some elastic and a cute button. My mom made bands for these lunches with flower buttons and the girls love them.

Storing the box is easy. You just turn the top tier upside down and put it in the bottom tier like this.

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Then put the lid on.

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I just stack them in my pantry like that. When I get the other colors, and I am of course planning to get the other colors, I will see how they look mixing them up. I love lots of colors, personally. :o)

Here’s this box in action:

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Now, I got mine from Amazon, (links above), but you can also get them from Sears, apparently. However, they are twice as expensive from Sears. Oh, and I’ve seen that Amazon have a three tiered one that I’m keen to try. I’ll let you know how I like those once I can get my hands on them. :o)

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