Lunch in a Box has a wonderful article on the care and maintenance of one’s bento gear. I love Biggie’s site. She gives so great, detailed, well-thought articles on bento lunches and its related topics that I view her website as my manual for the bento lifestyle. The only problem is that I don’t have access to the things she has, living in south Louisiana and far removed from readily available bento gear and accessories. While Ichiban Kan is great, there are things that she shows off I really wish I could purchase. Case in point: the gadget she uses to get the silicone strip out of the lid of a bento box so you can clean the darn thing.
I don’t know if anyone out there might have a better trick than this, but I was looking at those oh-so-sturdy food picks my mom gave me for Christmas and a thought sprang to mind. I slipped one between the silicone ring inside the bento lid and lifted up…
and out. VOILA! The silicone ring popped out, and I was able to clean it. WONDERFUL! I had a couple of lids that really needed cleaning in this manner.
If you try this, just be careful because you don’t want the pick to puncture the silicone ring. It does work though.
Do you have a better solution? If so, I’d love to hear it.