Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lunchbox #115 - Questions About Kotobushi Bento Egg Molds

So, a once upon a time (some time last year), I got some rabbit and bear bento egg molds from Amazon. These egg shapers allow a hard boiled egg to be pressed into ultra kawaii (= cutesy) shapes. I finally got around to trying them out last week, and they produced some super adorable boiled eggs (above).

But then, something started to nag at me. I don't usually combine plastics with warm or hot food because of leaching and bisphenol-A (BPA) concerns. Yet, the packaging for the egg molds was entirely in Japanese, so there was no way of knowing precisely what type of material was used to make the molds. I started Googling. I even tweeted to see if folks out there knew anything about the content of these molds. My bento geekery was in conflict with my crunchy tendencies.

So now I'm kind of in a holding pattern with these; I love the concept, I love the way the eggs look in terms of cute-factor. I'd just like to know more about the material used to make these molds. In the meantime, I guess I'll be casually on the lookout for some non-plastic egg molds. Has anybody ever heard of stainless steel egg molds?

Today, my preschooler's lunch featured (clockwise):

  • Some Bare Fruit 100% Organic Bake-Dried Fuji Apple Chips
  • The aforementioned kawaii shaped boiled eggs
  • Sliced yellow and orange peppers
  • Organic whole milk yoghurt with frozen blueberries stirred in
  • Some sliced tomatoes tossed with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a bit of kosher salt

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