We love cute food as much as the next family, and we have incredible admiration for the people who do creative bento lunches for their kids, but let’s face it; we’re hardly ever organized enough to make such an intricately detailed lunch on a school day. Weekends, however, are another story. Give us some time to kill, plus some basic ingredients to play with, and we’d be happy to make fun, decorative food in the kitchen for hours.
We might be a little late to the show, but we only recently discovered these hard-boiled egg molds for kids’ bento boxes and we think they’re the coolest thing since, er…sliced eggs? They’re nutritious, delicious, and cute to boot.
To get started, we like this molded egg tutorial from cookingcute.com. The basic idea is, you hard-boil the eggs*, peel them while they are still hot, put them into the mold, stick the mold in the refrigerator, and then ten minutes later – voila! – you have a perfect little shape. (The instructions may vary depending on your mold.)
Just Bento has another good tutorial, with further instruction on how to save your mess-ups (of which we have many) and how to dye them cute colors. We try to stay away from food coloring, but we like the idea of using red cabbage juice or soy sauce.
To shop for egg molds, the easiest place to start is to look online at Amazon or Ebay; we also found some recently on Etsy. If you don’t want to pay shipping costs, you may be able to find them at a Japanese specialty store in your area.
*Hard-boiled eggs (Don’t feel bad about having to ask): Gently place eggs into a pot of cold water, with enough water to cover the eggs. Bring the eggs to a boil, uncovered, then let the eggs simmer for 15 minutes. If you’re making bento egg creations, drain off the boiling water and rinse the eggs in cool water immediately, then peel and press.
Fun Food Saturday: Because food should be fun.