Room temperature bento?

Bento-ing from: › Connecticut › USA
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Hey all! First time to the forums and I have a maybe weird-ish question?

I'm no stranger to bento making but in the past I have been able to refrigerate and/or heat up my bentos in a microwave. However currently I have a job that not only has NO set schedule, which is bad enough - but I have no access to a fridge, or a microwave. I know I could technically get some ice packs and pack them well, but I have a LOT to carry as a freelance artist, and my bento in a small bag is usually all I can handle. Also I really don't enjoy eating everything freezing cold! Haha I know - so many problems!

What can I make that would be ok at room temperature for about 4-6 hours? Unfortunately I don't get a scheduled lunch - so you see my dilemma! I know onigiri is good, but I can't eat that every single day! Help~!


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Bento-ing from: Berlin › Germany
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Re: Room temperature bento?

Bentos are meant to be eaten at room temperature and if its not hot outside you do not need to cool the traditional recieps. Normally I make my bento in the morning and eat it around 12 in the morning. And it has always been in best shape. Only in summer you should think about cooling you bento.


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Bento-ing from: Leicester › UK
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Re: Room temperature bento?

I would recomending putting a little extra salt or some sushi vinigar in your rice, and avoid animal based foods (especially fish). Pasta and bread are fine as well as rice. You could also get a thermal lunch box to keep things nice and hot. Of course from a food hygene point of veiw that would be worse, but if you stick to low risk foods it's still perfectly safe. Using a thermal lunchbox/bento can also keep things cool, which helps from a food hygene point of veiw. Green salad is safe but it wilts horribly at summer room temprature. I have no access to a fridge or microwave at school (how would they provide enough for everyone), and none of my bentos have gone bad yet.

Bento-ing from: Madrid › Spain
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Re: Room temperature bento?

I guess you can put animal-based food only if they are completely and absolutely well cooked... I would avoid fish anyway, even if i can store the bento in a fridge, except for canned tuna. And avoid mayo or anything concerning raw egg.
GOod luck! ^^


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