Bento Lunches In The Heart of Montana


The Curse of the Kitchen Gadget

Posted by Kathleen on November 3, 2010 at 8:57 PM

I’m not a big fan of the kitchen gadget….you know that thing that you must have (you know this because the infomercial says so).  It only does one thing, but does it so well as to make your life immensely easier (you know this because the infomercial says so).  It will leave you with extra time, clean hands, a handsome husband and perfect kids (you know this….) well you get the picture.  Every once in a while I get suckered in…sometimes its a good thing… the thing that sits on my shelf that looks like a giant apple slicer/corer but is actually for pineapple.  It only works on pineapple, is only used a few times a year but makes cutting fresh pineapple so much easier that it is worth having.


So when I came across this little device I knew I MUST have it….




What is it you ask….well it is for slicing your hotdogs to make this….




and this…..




and this…




and this…




and the ever elusive half hot dog shown in the back of the above photo.



Just take your hotdog, slide it in the hole and the slicing is done for you…it will save you literally seconds each morning as you are preparing an uber cool seascape bento…SECONDS I tell ya and if you add those seconds up, well that’s real time so I just knew I had to make this mine.



So, what’s the problem?  Well bento is largely an Asian idea….most of the supplies come from Asia….most of my personal supplies come direct from Japan as did my little yellow, seconds saving, gadget de jour and well our big fat American hotdogs don’t fit.


So how did I manage to make the Princess’ uber cute seascape bento?   



My good ole kitchen standby....a good sharp knife.



Montana Bento is on vacation for the next couple of days but we’ll be back on Monday with a cute bento for you AND the winner of the Wilton Color Mist….so far just one person has left a comment here so just one person is eligible to win.  Hurry go to this post and leave a comment to be eligible to win.

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Reply Ravi
9:39 PM on November 3, 2010 
I finally succumbed and made octopus hot dogs yesterday. They were a HUGE hit!! I'll have to try your other shapes as well.
Reply Ravi
9:39 PM on November 3, 2010 
By the way, how did you make BLUE rice??