Lock & Lock 'bento boxes' now available at Migros in Switzerland

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This is mainly of interest only to readers in Switzerland or in regions of France and Germany close enough to Switzerland to go shopping here. I couldn’t pass it up because it finally gives me a chance to talk about one of the most practical lines of bento-appropriate containers available, Lock & Lock.

Lock & Lock is a line of sturdy plastic containers that come in all sizes. They are microwave, dishwasher, freezer and of course food safe. The main feature is the locking, sealed lid which is almost 100% water-safe (if you fill it full with water and shake it upside down vigorously, it may leak a bit). Lock & Lock is available all around the world, but I spotted it for sale for the first time here in Switzerland at a 3-MMM Migros last week. (The MMM Migros in Tivoli-Spreitenbach to be precise. Migros supermarkets, which dominate Swiss grocery and household shopping, come in three sizes: small single-M stores, bigger MM stores, and MMM megamarts.)

They even have the most useful sizes for bento sold together in a 3-pack: 2 360ml boxes, and a 480ml box with two removable dividers. This one alone is perfect for a tightly packed bento, and could be supplemented with one of the 360ml filled with fruit and so on. (That’s another great feature of Lock & Lock - each container is clearly marked on the bottom with its capacity in mililiters, ounces and quarts.)

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They aren’t as cute as other bento boxes perhaps, but are very practical. Now that I can get my hands on Lock & Locks, I’m going to experiment a bit with fully frozen bentos and such things…stay tuned!

And by the way…

You may have noticed that the Bento Item Of The Week feature has been in hibernation for a while. I realized that featuring an item every week was sort of encouraging the notion that you needed lots of supplies to make bentos…which is certainly not the case! As a matter of fact, since I am in the process of packing and moving house right now I’m trying to declutter and streamline my own supply of bento boxes and other items. I have two big Ikea storage baskets full of boxes, cutters and other paraphenalia, and I consider that to be way too much. (And I’m in a big de-cluttering / simplifying my life mood at the moment!)

So, I’ve discontinued the Item Of The Week, but will feature equipment or supplies that are truly worth having periodically. Lock & Lock boxes certainly count as being really worth having, but I’m restraining myself from buying too many!

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I have a Lock & Lock and

I have a Lock & Lock and love it. Usually I’m more into the cutesy style bentos, but the Lock & Lock are so practical that I find myself using mine very often.

Hopefully in Israel...

Thanks for alerting me that there are ones that come with dividers! I have a square too tall one that I have been experimenting with. I use lots of foil (which gives a nasty taste to some of your awesome recipes) but I’d rather buy a container locally and just the accessories (silicon cups etc) from abroad.

Manor has had them for a while...

At least, the ones I’ve been to in Baden, Spreitenbach and Zürich. Actually, they’ve had these sales of sets of them off and on for the last year (or thereabouts).

Good luck with the move!

Ah, serves me right for

Ah, serves me right for never shopping at Manor! :) Thanks for letting me know they have them too!

I love Lock and Lock. My

I love Lock and Lock. My favorite has to be the little 1.5 cup rectangle with two removeable dividers. I’d use these to pack breakfast all the time. Throw a little rice in one side, a slice of tamago and a wedge of fruit on the other…viola, perfect breakfast.

they're lifesavers!

Hi Maki. I use Lock & Lock containers for my lunches. I usually cook a whole range of things (usually recipes from your site + brown rice) during the weekend and pack the whole thing in a couple containers. That’s lunch for the whole week! Almost everything works as long as you have a microwave handy during lunchtime.

Granted the containers aren’t as pretty as the ones you occasionally feature on Just Bento but their sheer practicality wins every time.

I have about a million of

I have about a million of these! They are so so so useful, i usually make too much food and portion my left overs into my 300ml ish boxes and freeze them, then I take them out for lunch! I also use the top half of my two tier bento and put these two together, making my perfect quick and easy bento lunch!

Love Lock & Lock

I have many many sizes of these and find them the most practical for traveling in an RV. I transfer cold foods, pickles, olives, etc. that come in jars into these “leakproof” boxes and have never had a spill — and no fear of breakage in the small refrigerator. Other foods seem to stay fresh longer in them. Also great for organizing things in the refrigerator since they stack nicely. Ideal for packing in a cooler for picnics. How did we ever get along without Lock & Lock?!

Love Lock & Lock

I have many many sizes of these and find them the most practical for traveling in an RV. I transfer cold foods, pickles, olives, etc. that come in jars into these “leakproof” boxes and have never had a spill — and no fear of breakage in the small refrigerator. Other foods seem to stay fresh longer in them. Also great for organizing things in the refrigerator since they stack nicely. Ideal for packing in a cooler for picnics. How did we ever get along without Lock & Lock?!

I prefer the Komax boxes to Lock&Lock

as my toddler can open the latter but not the former. German plastics company Emsa (Addis in the UK) import them but they are hard to find where I live. Amazon.de has both brands, including some with bento-ish inserts, and they ship all over Europe!

Lock-n-Lock

LOL - I just picked up one of these @ Wallie world (USA) because it’s microwavable, cheap (less than 3.00$) and just about the right size for a bento :) But I do wish mine came with the divider, would have alittle more helpful.

Available in the USA

This same item (but without the divider) is available at Target in the US. It sells under the name Snapware. I just bought one for my daughter the other day. A very nice product.

Im sooooo bummed

I LOVED the Bento of the Week (month, Whenever it Occurred) feature and always looked forward to it :(

Those saying this is for

Those saying this is for sale in the US as “Snapware” are wrong, that’s a different but similar product. I know of what I speak becauase I’m in Chicago and both brands are available. You can mail order in the US from Heritage House, or if you are in an area with a Korean grocery store try there. (Lock & Lock is a Korean brand.) But Snapware would probably also work.

how to contact

i need to order a huge number of ur boxes so i need to know how to contact ur agent here in egypt please advise ASAP

Catalogue ID Numbers

Hey, great website, and great tip on the Lock & Lock containers! These look super useful, so I think I'll nab some as soon as I find the right one.

By the right one, I mean the ones you have shown there, that pack of three. I have found the 360mL ones with dividers, but I haven't been able to find any 480mL with dividers... just the container. Which isn't bad, mind, but I'd really like to have that option of separating my food.

Can you help me out? I've noticed that each container type comes with their own little "catalogue number," which is frequently used by websites as a more universal label system. For instance, the 360mL container is labelled "HPL806", and with the dividers, "HPL806C". The 480mL without dividers is referred to by "HPL807", which led me to believe that a version with dividers would be "HPL807C", but no such luck.

Help, please?

More about those Lock & Lock containers

I've recently chucked all of my Ziploc and Tupperware containers and replaced them with Lock & Locks. In the U.S. several companies have come out containers that look like the L&Ls, but you need to really examine them before you buy. I discovered that most of them have a channel under the top edge. Lock & Lock does not. If you plan on putting these in the dishwasher, water will collect in there and you will have to drain and air dry them after the cycle. Very annoying.

Lock & Lock also makes a great bento lunch set. Two 350 ml rectangular L&Ls (one divided) and a beverage container in a striped, insulated & zippered bag. It also comes in a slightly smaller version w/o the beverage container. Best of all, the boxes come in colors! Either a deep red or dark blue to coordinate with the striping on the bag.

I bought mine at a Korean supermarket (Kukje) in Daly City, California.

Lock & Lock Bento Lunch Set

Now that I can use a dishwasher, using plastic isn't so unappealing anymore (I'd rather hand wash metal than tupperware).
I just got one of these (blue and with the bottle) from a Japanese auction site. I think they're really sweet and bought it for my daughter.
http://www.dhc.co.jp/goods/goodsdetail.jsp?gCode=917421
The total cost including delivery to the UK was about £12 - but that's only because I won it for around 650yen.
There is a version available in the UK but you have to also buy the picnic set and it's through QVC which has high p&p charges. I do really like it though, even though this one comes with no bottle holder or screw together chopsticks

Re: Lock & Lock 'bento boxes' now available at Migros in ...

I also view better lunch boxes on eBay store.
Everyone loves this seller's products.
http://stores.ebay.com/Joutlet/Lunch-Box-Bento-/_i.html?_fsub=1848172010...

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