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Zojirushi Mini Bento Giveaway

Last year, I made you guys tell me what you’d pack in a Zojirushi Ms. Bento in order to win one and then later asked you to fill out a survey to win a Mr. Bento. This year, the folks at Zojirushi were kind enough to send me some of their brand spanking new Zojirushi Mini Bento Stainless Lunch Jars!

Zojirushi Mini Bento

Before you squeal, back off! This one’s mine! Their PR rep was kind enough to send me one of each of their new designs, so the giveaway will be for the just-as-gorgeous green fruit and flower set. Baby Girl kept asking to have this one, but since I already have a different green mini bento set, I chose to go for color diversity. But before I get to the details on how you enter, let’s take a look at my lunch.

The capacity for the two side dishes seems to be bigger than the original mini bento, which may have been discontinued because I don’t see it on Amazon. That’s a shame, since we used that one to make the miniature loco moco bento in Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches.

Mini Bento

I thought about doing a charaben for this one, but decided I’d better start with something simple, since people serious about packing home lunch but not necessarily about the cute factor might be more likely to get this jar than a kawaii box. It took me about 10 minutes to pack this, since I had to boil the quail egg. I ripped chicken off of a leftover Costco chicken, then added slices of cucumber kim chee, a quail egg, and a grape tomato. In the other half, I have cherry and watermelon, a sure sign of the arrival of summer. In the thermal jar, there’s fresh rice topped with ume furikake.

I have to talk about the bag because the bag is just too cool. It’s fairly large at about 11″ wide, so it’s basically the size of a small purse. There’s a pretty zipper that goes all across the top and inside is enough space for all three sections of the bento and a little foldaway holder for your drink, kept snugly in place. There’s a matching set of chopsticks and a cute little inner pocket to tuck it into along with a small snack.

To enter, I’ll need you to tell me what your favorite Zojirushi product is. It doesn’t have to be something you own because as we all know, Zojirushi is on the higher end of the product line and therefore costs more. Are you like me and gaze lovingly at their rice cookers? (I am waiting until my Panasonic dies, but the dang thing still works.) If there’s something of theirs that you’ve always loved, tell me what it is and why! I’ll close this drawing in one week and hopefully announce a winner around the 14th. Good luck!

Yesterday, while shopping for chocolate won ton ingredients, I passed by the Foodland deli and saw some menpachi. I immediately had flashbacks to our family vacations to Kapoho, where our grandpa, who we called Jichan, would do all sorts of grandpa things. For instance, he’d wade across the channel to go catch opai for us to use as bait for fishing. He was a gruff old guy who called all his female grandchildren by one name, Girl. Except for my brother, the lone boy, he was either his name or just “Boy”.

At the time, I think all of us girls were annoyed at least a couple times by that, but now, years later when Jichan is gone, we’d all crack up laughing now if anyone pretended to be him by calling someone with, “Eh! Girl!”

One of the things I remember about him was his menpachi miso soup. Menpachi was a really fun fish to catch because it fought so hard and was a nice, bright, pretty red and Jichan loved to throw them in a pot of miso soup and then gross us all out by sucking the eyeballs. I have no idea if I ever ate a bowl of his soup in my life, but suddenly while standing in Foodland, I just had to have some. Memories do that to you, I guess.

I went home and looked online and found out that it’s dirt easy to make. You basically just simmer the fish and add miso.

Menpachi

I couldn’t find my scaling thinger and it was 9 at night, so I actually scaled the fish with my fingers and a butter knife, slowly peeling them away so that I wouldn’t flick them all over the kitchen. This took forever.

Menpachi Boiling

I stuck them in a pot of boiling water and they cooked pretty fast, within 5 minutes or so. I lowered the heat and let it simmer for half an hour, then came back to peel out bones.

Menpachi Meat

Next to opakapaka, I think menpachi is my next favorite fish, simply because it’s sooo soft. The downside is that it’s got like 500 bones in it, but to me, it’s still worth eating. I added miso and let it simmer more to break up the miso.

Menpachi Soup

I packed some for breakfast today in a.. oh! What’s this? Is that a pink Zojirushi Stainless Steel Food Jar? Why, yes it is! I also have one of these to giveaway too, for those of you that stuck around to read my story about Jichan’s soup.

To enter to win this jar, tell me what you’d pack in here. Soup? Tea? Something cold?

I put hot soup into this jar this morning and forgot that I should just leave it out and I stuck it in the fridge. When I took the jar out at 11:30 to eat the soup, it was actually still warm, which boggled my mind, since I’d packed it 4 1/2 hours earlier.

Many thanks to Zojirushi for sponsoring this giveaway and for giving me two awesome thermal products to review and use!

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  • I’d definitely pack soup in there. Our current favorites are veggie-lentil or pea soup.

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  • Hmm, I’d pack soup in there too, preferably lentil soup or miso soup!

  • My son loves fried rice, but won’t eat it if it’s the slightest bit cold. So, I’d love to be able to pack it in something that could keep it warm enough for his picky tastes.

  • Harrison

    hmmmm probably strawberry soup/gazpacho since it’s summer right now ๐Ÿ™‚

  • hypothermya

    What a fantastic story — I wish I were able to get away w/ making fish based broth or dashi more often, for any type of soup. My boyfriend is able to identify the fish taste no matter how much or how little fish is in the broth, and no matter what other flavors are competing for his attention. Your miso looks delicious.

    Also, what a great give away! Count me in. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My favorite Zojirushi product is actually their Ms. Bento set (the gray one). I’ve always admired how sleek and adult looking their products are, and how well made they look. Although I enjoy the cute bento sets, too, it’s fantastic that there’s a sturdy, adult-looking option out there that holds a bit more food.

    As for the other give away, I’d probably put more of the chili verde I recently made in it. Of course the chili verde would have to take turns w/ the jook, split pea soup, chestnut and acorn squash soup, ham and lentil soup, and the huge list of chilled fruit soups I’m intending to make over the summer (while the fruits are still in season!).

  • Kate

    My favorite Zojirushi product are definitely the rice cookers! I’ve always wanted one but haven’t taken the plunge yet ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jenn

    Soup (first that came to mind was a nice tomato parmesan soup to go with a sandwich). Or curry. Mmmm.. curry..

  • Kate

    Oh, and I’d pack hot tea in the jar to take with me to my office… Probably tea with a strong flavor and a *touch* of sugar…gotta love the sweet tooth!

  • yj311

    I’ve ALWAY wanted a Zojirushi Fuzzy rice cooker because I suck at making rice… one of these days…

    As for the food jar, I would like to be able to pack some kind of noodle/soup, either saimin or korean noodles… of course the noodle would be packed separately from the soup until the time for consumption.

  • bunny

    i really want one of their rice cookers!

    i would put a banana/silken tofu smoothie in the jar so i could take it to work tomorrow morning and have a healthy breakfast while making my deliveries.

  • Lynn

    I have always admired the Zojirushi Ms. Bento Stainless-Steel Vacuum Lunch Jar. I am getting more environmentally friendly – I have converted from water in plastic throw away bottles to re-usable bottles for water. I bring my lunch to work for the most part every day and it would be wonderful to pack my lunch in a bento box so I can eliminate all of the platic baggies and brown lunch bags.

    For the beautiful thermos I would bring some Ribollita (a thick Tuscan stew) or delicious yellow split pea soup in the winter months and some nice refreshing homemade ginger juice in the summer months.

  • R.W.

    I am in love with Zojirushi’s rice cookers, they are simply amazing, but remain a dream because I am poor ๐Ÿ™

    For the Steel Food Jar, I would definitely put some mango tea!

  • Jasmyn

    My favorite Zojirushi product is the Ms Bento.

    I’d use the steel food jar for my husband’s homemade chicken soup. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • My favourite Zojirushi product would probably be the Ms. Bento, which I wish I had the money for but don’t. I’ve wanted one ever since the last time I was into bento, when I ended up with one of the infamous “Lube Sheep” bento boxes, the green one to be precise.

    As for what I would put in that jar, probably soup or something liquidy. My primary problem with my current bento box – and my fiance’s – is that I can’t pack anything with a runny sauce because while it wouldn’t leak, it also would make packing anything else impossible. It’s sad because my fiance has learned how to make Korean ramen and I would love to pack some in a bento, but if you drain out the broth it really isn’t anywhere near as tasty.

  • hj

    Okay, I am clearly very, very new to this scene, because I had no idea Zojirushi made anything other than rice cookers! And I will get one someday…my $10 rice cooker is severely lacking in its capabilities.

    As for a thermos, I would put everything in there! Hmm, not all at once, though. First would have to be some masoor daal and rice, because I am craving that and samosas right now.

  • Probably the Mr. Bento Lunch stuff, I love that the bowls are microwaveable!

  • Ashley

    Oh, definitely the rice cookers… I can’t even pretend that I don’t drool a little when I see them!

    As for what I would pack, definitely my mom’s home-made chicken noodle soup! Yum.

  • Of course I lust after the rice cookers, but just for something different and something I might actually be able to afford one day I’d love to get this tea strainer mug: http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-SM-BTE35-D-Mug-Tea-Strainer/dp/B001KU7LQU/ref=sr_1_69?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1275709919&sr=1-69

    What would I pack in the jar? Spicy lentils with cumin!

  • Anne-Marie

    hum… i would love to own a kit like that o_o to bring hot and cold lunch would be soo nice XD so i would definitly put something hot in the metal container.. but! i would put some dessert in it like some nice warm plum-rice pudding . After eatin some cold pasta salad, and veggies, to end lunch with a sweet warm dessert would be just awesome XD

  • Madura

    I would pack tea. You can descale fish with your regular kitchen knife. Line your sink w/newspaper, put the fish in and scrape it with the knife perpendicular to the fish. (I’ve never done this, just watched my mom. ^-^ )

  • I absolutely LOVE My rice cooker! Come to think of it, I think it’s the most expensive small appliance I own ๐Ÿ˜ฎ My Kitchenaid Mixer was a gift, but I’m pretty sure the model I have was cheaper than the rice cooker… The rice is always perfect and you just can’t go wrong with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to let you know when you’ve started the rice and when it’s done ๐Ÿ™‚ I have this one (but paid, I think, about $40 less than that…) http://www.veryasia.com/nsdac10.html – I am also coveting the matching hot pot, but it’s not necessary since I can get hot water from my Keurig ๐Ÿ™

    As far as the Food Jar – I would definitely do hot food in it – we love to make huge pots of butternut squash soup and that would be perfect for it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Justine

    I’d love a Zojirushi bread maker. It would save me so much money in the long run and would just be fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for what I’d pack, probably ice coffee since I’m trying to cut down on the amount of money I spend at Starbucks/Dunkin.

  • Loree

    The Zojirushi product I want is a rice cooker! A little stainless one. Um, I have an old National brand one that I’ve had over 20 yrs and that thing *still* cooks!

    Since summer is approaching, I’d fill that nice pink food jar with fruit salad and some yogurt or cottage cheese – yum! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wow! Those are some fancy high-tech rice cookers. Goodness. That little squatty yellow 3-cup one is sooooo cute. But if I were going to pick an item for my wishlist it would be the roaster. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hey! Cool giveaway. The Mr. Bento was my first bento. I don’t use him as much now. He’s a big boy! But I love the technology!
    The pink thermos type – ah well – I would put in soup. I love soup! It’s the best thing in the world. Pea and bacon, or potato and cheese, or chicken and shrimp, or cold tomato with buttered toast. Love soup with bento.

  • Kat

    I’d love to own a Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer, since it even has a cake-baking function!

    In the food jar, I’d assemble a yogurt, fruit, and granola breakfast parfait to take to work.

    Thanks for the fun giveaways!

  • Favorite Zojirushi product: rice cooker! Definitely! We actually have two of them — we each had one before we got married, and then couldn’t bear to give one of them away. Although my Ms. Bento ranks pretty high as well.

    Pink thermal jar: soup, definitely soup. I’ve been wanting to get something like that so I could bring a soup lunch to work and not have to worry about it spilling.

  • Megg

    Favorite Zojirushi product: Has to be my Ms. Bento. I lust over their rice cookers, but the one I have gets me by… It’s my lovely Ms. Bento (my first bento box, too!) that makes me so very happy day in a day out!!

    As for the adorable thermal jar… probably a cool soup (since it’s summer), or even a dessert, like the tapioca in coconut-ginger syrup (soup-like) I just made. Mmmm.. endless possibilities!!

  • Wow that thermal set is soooooo cute!!! I haven’t had menpachi in such a long time! I love to eat it just fried with some shoyu and lemon. :9 Back in the day we would go night fishing for them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Aikochu

    I have a tiny 3-cup Zojirushi rice cooker, perfect considering I’m the only one that uses it, and I adore it– though I really wonder what that inner bowl is made of as it seems nothing in the world will stick to it.

    As for the thermal jar, probably some sort of porridge, oat or rice maybe. Porridges have quite grown on me lately, so filling and economical!

  • Diana

    Fav: Rice Cooker. Definitely.
    Jar: Gazpacho. Yum!

  • Angelina

    For the jar: I would pack some mac and cheese for my son and his daycare lunch. OR maybe some meatballs and pasta. OR some chicken noodles. Oh the possibilities!

    For the favorite: It would HAVE to be the classic rice cooker. My mom has one and she has used it for decades, every day. Its such a classic piece for asian kitchen!

    Hope I win, thanks!

  • Emily

    Homemade chicken noodle soup or ham and wild rice soup. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I was just telling hubby I need to order a rice cooker and I have my eye on the Zojirushi Micom rice cooker and warmer (the 3 cup one) For some reason I find it adorable..lol

    For the thermos yes soups would be awesome but being that summer is coming I think I would put frozen melon and fruit in it and take it to the beach ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the awesome chance to win!

  • I haven’t got a thermal bento yet so I’d really love to have one of the Zojirushi thermal sets – that blue one you have up there is simply gorgeous! Gimme! *makes grabby hands*

    As for the thermal jar, if summer would finally decide to stay I would use it to bring (self-made) iced tea to the office (to cut down on drinking caffeinated soft drinks), and in winter it would be perfect for soup! Mmm, fresh, clear broth that isn’t made with the nasty water boiler in our office kitchen!

  • Carmen

    My favorite Zojirushi product is Stainless-Steel Vacuum Bottle. I own one and I put tea or soup inside.

    For the lunch jar, I will pack beef stew with rice. YummmmmY!!!!

    The green fruit and flower set looks so beautiful…. I love it!!!!

  • I would pack chicken & rice soup or some really great chili in that mini bento set.

    Beautiful giveaway Pikko!

    ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Pam D

    I really like Zojurishi’s Ms. Bento sets. I don’t own one yet… I was thinking of buying one for my birthday.

    And… Seeing as it’s summer, I’d likely pack a smoothie in the thermal jar.

  • Nancy

    Its so hard to say what’s my favorite…but, if I had to pick one, I LOVE Zojirushi rice cookers, I was fortunate to receive one as a gift a few years ago and it works great and makes ono rice!!

    As for the thermal jar, I’d love to put some delicious jushi, like my mom makes…warm soupy rice with chopped veggies..yum!

  • Rachel

    I think Zojirushi rice cookers would have to be my favorite! Gotta have rice right? Mmmmm And I think I would put soup in the thermal jar. Broccoli cheddar to be precise! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the contest opportunity! And I love your bentos! They’re simply gorgeous!

  • I’d pack fruit and veggies for my little girl for when we go to the park to play.

  • Dee

    I would love to purchase a Zojirushi rice cooker to make what else? SPAM MUSUBI for my two rugrats!

  • Dee

    The stainless steel food jar would be great for storing “portagee bean soup” – onolicious!

  • I have been wanting to get the Mr.Bento lunch jar forever. I have 2 teenage boys as well as my husband it would be perfect for, but there is also myself & my baby girl that would love the mini. And in the pink jar, honestly would send it with my younger boy (16) for soup. He loves soup, but none of my thermos jars keep it hot til his lunch time.

  • Moontaj

    I’ve had my eye on the Zojirushi BBCC-X20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-lb Bread Machine Bundle (yes I c/p’ed the full name). My hubby has some absolutely AMAZING bread recipes that we love to eat, unfortunately our ex-roomie made some ‘special’ cookies with our bread maker and ruined it. We haven’t had the dough (haha, right?) to get a replacement yet.

    The soup jar would be perfect to put my hubby’s hot tea in. He works in the dark and dank all night so hot tea is perfect for him. With our thermoses, they just don’t keep the tea hot for a 8 hour shift.

  • Fav : it’s the only one that I own, and I won it here last year with your wonderful giveaway ! It was my first time using a Zojirushi and I must say I only use it for big lunches :P. By the way, the design on those new bentos is wonderful !

    For the jar, I’m not a great fan of soups (since I am little ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) but I would go for chocolate mil if the jar is not too big because I’m a big fan of chocolate milk. Also, I could use it for smoothies because I think the jar could keep it cold also, don’t you think ?

  • My favorite Zojirushi product is their small sized electric water heater. It heats and keeps hot about 3-4 cups of water only but it was perfect for our dorm room!! We easily made hot drinks without having to boil water. Hot tea? Hot chocolate? Even instant oatmeal! If I could afford it, I would totally get a rice cooker.

  • In that awesome pink stainless food jar, I would pack chili! I love chili but hate packing it in plastic because it stains. Thanks for the contest! I love Zojirushi products!

  • My favourite zojirushi product is the Home Bakery Spreme Breadmaker. I’d like to make my own bread in the near future. So this breadmaker would be useful.

    In the lunch jar I would put different kinds of soups and stews.

  • ๏ผฃ๏ฝ๏ฝ’๏ฝ‰๏ฝŽ๏ฝ”๏ฝˆ

    I love my other Zojirushi bento boxes. I’ve compared how the lids seal and stuff on other kits and there are very few that can even get close to the quality of Zojirushi.

    For the beautiful blue bento box, I’d put takikomi rice in the rice container. One little container would get pickled veggies, mini tomatoes, and karaage chicken. The other little container would get garlic veggies and mashed potato balls.

    For the soup thermos, quick and easy miso soup with sliced root veggies.

    I think I’ll have to make a bento like this for this week now! >.<

  • Corinth

    AH! I forgot the important part >.<

    Outside of the bento boxes, I would like an electric kettle. It would be so nice in the winter to keep hot water ready for tea.

  • alisha

    My favorite would also have to be the rice cooker. Some Day! Some Day!

    I would probably put yogurt in the thermos thingy.

  • Loolee

    I’ve always been impressed with the Zojirushi products. They look like they are well made and it’s nice to see that they have replacement parts for many of their items. Too many appliances that you find today, are not repairable. You are expected to throw them in a landfill and buy a whole new one when some little part wears out. I’m going to have to say this yellow rice cooker is going to be my favorite. I’d probably add a bow on top, just to reinforce the idea that it looks like Ms. Pac-Man.

  • Christine

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for the last couple of weeks. I started packing lunch again for my daughter a month or so ago and for myself for work. We were both less than satisfied with our cafeteria lunches. You’ve given me a lot of great ideas!

    As an apartment dweller, I would love the Zojirushi Indoor Electric Grill. No outdoor grilling on second floor patios here. I have looked at different models and like this one because it comes apart well for cleaning.

    Since it is summer, I would pack homemade gazpacho in the stainless steel food jar.

  • My favorite Zojirushi item is the ns-kcc05 rice cooker! My parents bought it for me for college–it’s a little 3-cup rice cooker that makes perfect rice. No browning on the bottom at all!

    And I’d pack curry and rice in the jar!

  • Loolee

    I meant to post a link to that yellow rice cooker. http://tinyurl.com/2egfzpu

    Oh! and the pink food jar? That would probably get my left-over tom-yum ka soup, that we always get when we eat at Chopsticks in Gainesville. It is by far, one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth!

  • Kat

    I have been drooling over the Mr. Bento and Ms. Bento for about a year. That is what I would get if I could afford it. I have a hard time with lunch when I’m working, forgetting to eat until it’s almost time to leave.

    In the food jar I would pack things like lentils and rice, soup, pasta, even rice and beans. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nina D

    it would have to be some of my mom’s stew ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lisa

    Like you, Pikko, I too lovingly gaze at the rice cookers. For the food jar, probably the first thing would be some creamy tomato soup with homemade croutons added just before eating. Then maybe some avocado soup!

  • My favourite Zojirushi product would be the mini bento set. That is if I could actually find someone who will ship it to the UK at a reasonable cost and not charge more than the bento set is actually worth!!

    Sorry, rant over ๐Ÿ™‚

    The thermos I would use to pack some really gorgeous cold iced tea, perfect to accompany a summer lunch

  • I’ve never met a Zojirushi product I didn’t love. The bread maker is awesome; the rice cooker is awesome. And when I took my first job as itamae, I insisted on Zojirushi sushi display cases. They are by far my favorite product – quiet, easy to clean, and keeps the temperature perfectly.

  • omg i want i want i want!

    no lie, the zojirushi product i always almost splurge on is a thermal jar. i can haz that one pls haha?

    for the food jar, i would totally put boricha (spelling? korean barley tea?) in there. it’s annoying to make because you have to boil the bags in the pot for a while (you can’t just dunk a tea bag in hot water *in* the cup), so it’d be great to be able to make a big-ish batch and keep it hot for a while.

    cool giveaway, thanks for hosting!

  • Amanda Glick

    I love Zojirushi bento! I have been yearning for one for some time now. I have yet to make the purchase of one as we cannot really afford for me to do so. If I were able I would probably acquire the classic bento because it would be pleasing to me to be able to pack my husband a bento for his work day in this package. Its so beautiful and … well… classic! haha. It really is very lovely. I have a rice cooker that was given to me by my best friend so this has a sentimental meaning to me and I would rather not replace it – but Zojirushi seems to have a really nice product available!

    Also – if I had a stainless jar I would definitely pack some miso soup! I would also fill it with tea when we go snowshoe or out in the snow… but as summer is coming I don’t think I would do that until NEXT winter ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thank you for blogging so regularly about the bento life. As well as for the opportunity to win some really great products!

  • I would jump for joy to pack a lunch in a new mini bento set. I have this desire to pack chicken broth in the soup container, steamed veggies in one side and clear noodles in the other side. Sort of Vietnamese Chicken foo. I really love homemade soup.

  • Laura

    Definitely the rice cooker. In the canteen, I’d put some chicken and dumplings, yum.

  • annalene

    I love the rice cookers… I’ve had a few of them in the past and they were all great. I have a non-Zojirushi right now for cooking really tiny portions and it just works okay. But the time has come for a larger rice cooker so I’ll probably pick up a Zojirushi again!

  • I love the rice cookers (it was Hubs and my wedding gift to ourselves). However, my FAVORITE is the Mrs. Bento that comes with a PINK designer bag. I’ve only seen it on JList, though and don’t want to pay their shipping.
    In the canteen, various soups. I’ve been having trouble chewing lately and it would be so awesome for some broccoli cheese!

  • hey! I just have to participate to this awesome give-away! I love the Zojirushi products but (till now^^) never bought any because I can’t afford it…
    My favorite Zojirushi product is the Zojirushi NS-WAC18 Micom Fuzzy-Logic 10-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer (http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-NS-WAC18-Fuzzy-Logic-10-Cup-Cooker/dp/B0014ZR0IK/ref=sr_1_75?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1275747238&sr=1-75) because I like its design and I don’t have a rice cooker yet… my kitchen’s really small + my boyfriend says I won’t use a rice cooker!! (he doesn’t how wrong he is!)
    In the pink jar, in winter I would pack a pumpkin soup with some red onions slices. In summer I would pack ice tea because it would be refreshing and I love ice tea!!^^

  • Karen

    Definitely a decent rice maker from Zojirushi! Mine always manages to dry out a different section of rice no matter how carefully I attend it. I think I’d have to go with osuimono soup or maybe hayashi rice in the container.

  • I really love this fruit and flower pattern so I guess that this price is also my favourite product of Zojirushi.
    And I would love to pack in the jar some prawn, mango and sweet potato curry!

  • Oooh it’s SO pretty!!! My favorite product of their is your new mini bento set! But I found another pattern that I love in the same set here http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-FC03WB-Bento-Stainless-Lunch/dp/B002IICXUC so it’s now on my Amazon wishlist!

    In the stainless steel food jar, I’d put some noodle soup or a layered sweet dessert. YUM!!

  • Kelly

    My favorite Zojirushi products are the rice cookers. Who wouldn’t love to have one of those bad boys sitting on the counter? For me personally, since I live in a two person household, my favorite of them is the smaller 3-cup one that is kind of bubble shaped. I personally like that because it’s cuter and I love cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for the pink jar (also totally cute) I would pack some miso soup. I don’t know how to really make it, but I have the “just add water” packs and I like those just fine. Maybe one day I can venture in making something a little more adventurous than just opening a packet and adding water.

  • jennifer

    I would love to get one of their rice cookers but my cheapie Salton rice maker refuses to die!

    Since it is so crazy hot right now where I live, I would put cold fruit salad in the thermos.

  • Kristen H

    I would die for one of their rice cookers, but alas, they are far too expensive for a poor college student to buy!

  • Casi Z

    Once we have a little extra money we’re going to be splurging on a Mr. Bento for my husband. He’s watched me pack bento for our kindergartener (who’s been promoted to first grade for next year, yay!) and has been very jealous!

    As for what I’d pack in that jar, my answer is going to be largely uninspired: miso soup. But I make mine from scratch and it’s wicked awesome.

    (And I am totally loving that green print. Man, hope I’m the winner!)

  • I would love a Zojirushi rice cooker (my current rice cooker works acceptably well but is not even vaguely programmable). As for the thermos, I think I’d put a smoothie in it (it’s over a hundred every day now here in AZ).

  • Niki R

    I would really like to buy a Zojirushi bread machine. I love making bread by hand, but it would be so much easier to make a whole wheat loaf if I had a bread machine. For the thermos, I would put cottage cheese and fresh fruit in it for a yummy snack.

  • Quacks

    My favorite Zojirushi is my bread maker! Usually I just make white bread but the other day I made butter mochi. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not too bad!

    In the pink bento, I would put either the soups from Trader Joe’s that comes in the carton (super delicious, especially the roasted red pepper one) or my mom’s clam soup, Japanese-style, with the clear broth. So ono!

  • leslie

    Well, I know it’s cliche, but I have had a Zojirushi rice cooker for 19 yrs. The same cooker! It was purchased in Okinawa… bought the extra large version to feed everyone we knew. Since leaving there, I usually only make 2-4 cups at a time, since there are only 3 of us in the house. I’ve looked at smaller ones, but can’t bring myself to buy one because this one still works perfectly! It does rice, brown rice, porridge, and steams! The rice is PERFECT every single time! And, it is a very pretty addition to my kitchen shelf.. pink with pretty flowers, and a retractable cord. I will definitely buy another Zojirushi rice cooker should this one ever decide to give up the ghost. I can’t imagine making rice without one! I would adore one of the stainless steel food jars as it would be the perfect way to bring soup or curry to work during our 30 below zero wind-chill winters! During the summer, it would hold a beautiful, chilled, fruit salad and yogurt. nummm, nummm!

  • My favorite Zojirushi item would probably be the Classic Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar set as it would make a perfect gift for my boyfriend to start eating bentos.

    In the pink jar I would put my favorite homade zucchini soup which is best served chilled and is just the best thing to eat in summer!

  • WhitneyD

    I would love a Zojirushi rice cooker. Cliche, yes. But man, everyone I know who got one has had that thing forever!

    In the stainless steel food jar, I’d be dying to use it for soups. I make lots. From my cure a cold Chicken Noodle soup to a lovely chilled asparagus soup that I can’t seem to get enough of!

  • The Zojirushi NS-WAC10 Micom Fuzzy-Logic 5-1/2-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer has been on my Amazon wish list for quite some time now. I’d have already bought it, but my current kitchen is so tiny I don’t have anywhere to put it. As soon as I move, it will be mine!

    I would put noodle soup in the pink jar. Slurp, slurp!

  • Morgana

    I have to admit, I’m in love with most of their items. I’ve always wanted their breadmachine and grill the most, though.

    As for the container- I’d have to pack some kind of salsa so I can have some chips with some fresh spicy condiments. : )

  • I wouldn’t aspire as much as a rice cooker, though we discussed acquiring one a couple of weeks ago. It takes a lot of space we don’t really have and it’s not sure how often we would end up using it. Though with our sushi-skills developing it might be a good investment.
    I reuse water bottles (far too many times) for taking something to drink to uni, so I’m attracted by the diverse bottles and even the bento-sets couldn’t get me away from them. My two favourite ones are the classy (because simple and elegant) http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-17-2doz-2e-Vacuum-Bottle-Stainless/dp/B000MG8JDC/ref=sr_1_126?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1275760752&sr=1-126 and the more fun, modern and young http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-SV-HA50AX-17-Ounce-Stainless-Vacuum/dp/B001POGJ50/ref=sr_1_67?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1275760528&sr=1-67 . I can’t really say which one I prefer, but if I really needed to choose one it would be the first, because it is more neutral.
    Thank you for letting me discover this brand, I actually didn’t know it before! I’ll keep it in mind if ever our plans to get a rice cooker will get more realistic.

  • Shelly

    I would have to say that my favorite is the rice cooker as well. I would love one, but they are just so expensive! Still I’m sure it would be wonderful for some of the recipes I have. Maybe for Christmas someday!

  • J-lyn

    My favorite Z-product is the 1 pound loaf bread-maker. When I could no longer get fresh baked japanese bread when we moved to the big island, I decided to make our own bread. I also did not wait until my 15-year old Panasonic died to get a Z-rice-maker. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s just too easy now-adays to order through Amazon.

    I would put some kind of soup or tea in the thermos.

  • suzanne gaudet

    I would put chicken chilli in it yum! they have SUCH lovely containers…

  • Bree

    I recently got a zojirushi rice cooker. It’s a small three cup model. What I love about it is the versatility. Not only can you cook rice, but you can bake cakes or bread in it, though I haven’t tried that yet.

    As for the thermos jar, I’d pack my grandma’s beef stew with a nice piece of corn bread. Comfort food.

  • candi

    I would get the indoor grill! I love grilling steak and other meats, but hate doing it outside when the weather is bad, so I usually only get grilled foods in the spring and summer.

    As for the thermos I would probably put some rose pomegranate green tea in it. Ive been drinking that quite a lot lately.

  • I know exactly what I would put in that adorable thermal jar – green gazpacho! My husband and I had dinner at a bistro in our south Minneapolis neighborhood last week and one of our dinners came with this fantastic cold soup. Green gazpacho is a spicy cold soup that is typically based on cucumbers, with maybe green pepper and zucchini and green onion. This one was so good that my husband even liked it, and he hates cucumbers! I’m planning to try to recreate the recipe at home. When I saw that thermos with soup in it I immediately imagined it full of creamy, cold, spicy-sweet gazpacho. Mmmm.

  • Adri

    While many of the Z products are super tempting (Indoor Grill, Breadmaker) I would still have to go with the rice cooker. I cook rice almost everyday with my tiny rice cooker, and it stinks because of it’s size and so much of the rice gets stuck to the bottom and ruined.

    As for the jar, I would probably use it to bring a soup with me to school this summer, as I’ll be there from 8-5pm 4 days a week! Soup is great in all weather!

  • Michael

    To the first part I would say Zojirushi Stainless Steel Food Jar. Not that I have one yet but I am definitely going to go search for one this weekend. If the thing is still hot after being in the fridge then it sounds great. ๐Ÿ™‚

    To the second question, I would put soup inside. Definitely sounds llike a winner due to your testing of it. Sounds just right to pack hot soup to drink while going fishing for menpachi.

  • I’ve had the Zojirushi Mr. Bento on my list for Waffle Boy for a long time. (I’m fortunate to already have one of their cool rice makers!).

    In the jar I would put my daughters’ favorite green soup which contains leeks, spinach, asparagus, and broccoli. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennifer McD

    I’ve been saving up for a rice cooker to replace my cheap Black and Decker rice cooker my mom got me YEARS ago.

    However, that bread machine is also looking pretty awesome. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • My all time fav (OK, the ONLY one I currently own, for that matter) is my Zoji Bread Maker. I about killed to get it when I saw it on the shelves of a thrift store — all shiney and still brand new. I used the heck out of it to make breads, rolls and pizza doughs until the rubber belt died. The Hubs replaced that, but broke the “brains” panel and replaced that, too. It’s like the Timex of bread machines — it really takes a licking but continually makes a top shelf product.

    As for the thermal conatiner — this time of year it would be brewed Lipton Green Tea with Citrus. Like the commercial says, it goes great with — chicken!

  • Monica Lavoie

    Probably some miso soup to go with my california rolls. Yum!

    Thanks!

  • celsie

    My favorite Zojirushi product would have to be the combination rice cooker and steamer. I’ve yet to find a rice cooker that makes rice as delicious as what I make in a pot. But sometimes I don’t want to worry about spending 20 minutes fussing over it.

    I’d love to put some miso soup into the food jar, though I don’t think there’s much access to Menpachi in rural Oregon. Regular miso would be delicious, though!

  • I would love, love, love to have a Zo bread machine. Every time I get a King Arthur Flour catalog, I drool over that thing.

    As for what I’d put in the jar… probably some black bean chicken soup. I’m drooling just thinking about it. Yum.

  • I would love to a rice cooker!

    And Id put some hot sour soup in a thermal carafe!

  • Diane

    Actually, I think my favorite product is the one you’re giving away! Super cute ๐Ÿ™‚ Either that or the electric kettle.

  • Judith

    I have my eyes on the Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-VGC05. Compact and with a timer, perfect for rice cooked ready in the wee mornings with egg and natto so I don’t have to resort to cereal and milk all the time.

    For the jar, I’m thinking tomato basil soup with a week baguette on the side.

  • Tiffany

    My favorite Zojirushi item has to be my rice cooker. Anytime I make rice on the stove it doesn’t come out right so my bf bought me a rice cooker for Christmas and it’s become one of my favorite appliances. I am hoping to use it to make a risotto soon! I also do have my eye on a few of their other products.

    For the food jar I would pack some soup as with my job so busy right now I don’t always get the chance to go to the cafe and relax but this could help me still have a great hot meal.

  • At the moment a little thermos jar full of chicken and dumplings sound good

  • Love the story and the soup sounds fantastic! I would have to say out of the Zojirushi products I would love to have one of their rice cookers. Right now it’s on my wish list, I’ll have to save up for it. This is a nice giveaway, I love the blue design that you kept for yourself. Good to know how well it works too!

  • Great blog post. I’ve been admiring the Zojirushi rice cookers since I’m still deciding which cooker to buy for myself. However, because I’m a sucker for lunch boxes, particularly ones with bright patterns, my favourite in their range is the Mini Bento Lunch Jar. I love that you can get a matching thermal mug. The products are on the higher end of the price scale, as you say, but in a world where money was less of an object, after wowing my office mates with the Lunch Jar, I’d pull out that matching mug. Oh yes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anna

    Thank you for inspiring on packing lunches. Not only it is healthier option, it is also cheaper option. In the pink thermos I would pack homemade soups – hot in the winter times and cold in the summer time. Treating yourself at work for a tasty homemade soup is a way to go!
    I would love to by Zojirushi bread maker – it is on my wish list.

  • Mab

    My mother actually has a small Zojirushi rice cooker and she loves it! She doesn’t use it for anything else but rice (though I tried to share recipes for other things). So that’s the product I would want most. I want to do the cake in a rice cooker (just for fun) but my rice cooker is only 2 cups currently and so I’m pretty sure the cake would come out the sides!

    For the pink thermos I would love to keep curries and pasta dishes in the thermos section of my bentos because I think there’s nothing in this world better than warm curry.

  • Torin

    We have a new rice cooker now, but my mom still uses the NRC-15 Zojirushi for making summer rolls that she sells. Currently, I’m interested in the cool bottles since it would be perfect to take on family trips this summer, or the stainless lunch jars to feed my lovely sisters and friends. ๐Ÿ˜›

    i wonder if the jar can fit Che Thai because that’s what I would fill it with.

  • Vicki Liu

    Few months ago my answer would be rice cooker. But now I say the Electric Skillet is my favorite.

    For the jar, I’d like to have chicken soup, or ginger soup in a cold winter day. In the summer, some cold green tea add with fresh fruit is good, too.

  • veshke

    I love my Zojirushi Mr. Bento!! It keeps things hot (or cold) and is so fun to carry!

    In the jug I would definitely put my homemade vegetable tortellini soup with dill!! Summer in a jar!

  • I <3 our Neuro Fuzzy Rice cooker! I can finally make brown rice without it being crunchy or mushy, sushi rice comes out perfectly every time, I've even made risotto and oatmeal in it. Most awesome bonus feature ever: TWO programable timers that it always remembers, so you never have to tell it again that you want brown rice read at 7:30 PM and porridge ready at 8 AM. you just tell it Timer 2, then clean the bowl and lid, refill and then set it for porridge and use Timer 1. Awesome! This is our most favorite engagement present that we've received.

  • ishi_ungawarui

    I *dream* of having a Zojirushi rice cooker. I love and abuse my cheapo versions as it is and have gone through 2 in the past year. The Neuro Fuzzy (5 1/2 cup) is the one I’ve had on my wishlist forever, but Zojirushi has some smaller rice cookers that are amazing for kitchens that lack counter space (or, in my case, have too many small appliances that are used regularly)!

  • DeniseV

    I’m longing for one of their wonderful rice cookers with “fuzzy logic”! What an amazing product. I don’t know how “fuzzy logic” works but hey, anything that keeps me from over or undercooking rice is a wondrous invention!

  • Jamie Orozco

    My favorite product would be the Ms. Bento sets. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to get one, but haven’t yet.

    In the food jar, I would probably pack some type of pasta dish or maybe some chili. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yum!!!

  • Jessica A

    something spicy would be great~ such as Korean spicy soup since it’s winter in Australia ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Korie J.

    I have quite a few Zojirushi items – their thermal tumblers are great! But my favorite item would be the stainless steel hybrid water boiler. Always having hot water on hand for tea, coffee, noodles, warming up my thermoses is such a time saver.

    As for the container, during the summer, I love taking homemade yogurt parfaits with me. Some greek yogurt with blueberries, raspberries, and and a little bit of agave nectar. Or, in the winter, probably udon broth so I could enjoy a hot bowl of noodles.

  • Destiny

    Ohh… What would I love from that company?..I have to say I would wish for the 3-cup micom rice cooker! Ahh what loveliness to think that I could have perfect rice every time.. With no worries ahhh..

    The Mr.Bento is also on my wish list!! The fact it keeps food warm and you have four layers .(is it also weird that I love round bento boxes? I don’t know I just find food prettier in round things…I am weird.).

    ..Now I’m sad…..

    But maybe the bento will make me feel better?*hint* *hint*

    But for the jar I would fill it up with some lovely chicken soup….you can never go wrong with chicken soup.

  • Sarah

    My favorite Zojirushi product is my electric boiler, it makes boiling water for my tea parties so fast, I never run out!

    For the pink food jar, I would put in some of my Mom’s Potato Cheese Soup, it’s my FAVORITE!

  • JenB

    My favorite Zojirushi product is the Mini Bento Set! I’ve been eyeing it on the website.

    In the pink jar, I think a cold strawberry soup would be delicious for summer eats!

  • Tai

    About every month I look up the Zojirushi rice makers on ebay.com, they look so pretty and cook so much more uniformly than the stovetop method! T_T So I DEFINITELY want one of those, once I save my funds from my skimpy college job..

    It was awesome hearing the story about your grandfather, often times we don’t embrace the culture and wisdom of our elders until its too late. In that adorable Zojirushi jar I would pack some of my famous chicken noodle soup, because I’m snuffly right now.

    PIKKO IS AWESOME! ^_^

  • Patti

    My fav product would be the rice cooker. I’ve had one on my amazon wish list for 2 years now, but the rice cooker I have still works so I can’t get it just yet. =D

    For the jar I’d put some sweet tea for a hot day or some potato salad. =)

  • Michelle

    my favorite product is one of the high-end rice cookers (mine is a $12 one from target!). I can’t imagine having settings when cooking rice, haha.

    and I’d pack some kind of tea or lemonade in the pink jar ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I always drool over Zojirushi rice cookers! We have a very small apartment and no more room for appliances so I cannot have one….but that doesn’t stop me from wanting it ๐Ÿ˜›

    I’d also like a mini bento like the one above in more manly patterns for Kidlet lol

  • SammiGene

    I’d like to enter to win the green fruit and flower set! So pretty! I looked through the zojirushi products on Amazon and found this mug: http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-SM-BTE35BA-11-Ounce-Stainless-Strainer/dp/B002QUZGJW/ref=sr_1_95?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1275791475&sr=1-95 I think it’s my favorite thing, but it ties with the cute little three cup yellow rice maker, it reminds me of a cute little square of butter. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Great Stone Face

    My favorite Zojirushi item is my rice cooker. I have made so many kinds of rice in it, from long grain to short grain, brown basmati, black rice, six grain brown rice, rice porridge — you name it. It always turns out great! I’ve had the rice straight up in a bowl, in onigiri, and in inari zushi. Who could make smoked salmon black rice onigiri without it? Or brown shortgrain inari zushi? Of course, I always took them to work in my Mr. Bento, but he’s a story for another day.

    In the stainless steel food jar? I’d probably consider a non-rice direction and take my new favorite dish (until next tine) — white bean puttanesca. It takes very little time. Just mash up a couple of anchovies and mince 2-3 garlic cloves, then saute them a couple of minutes in 3 tablespoons of olive oil with a pinch of red pepper flakes. Throw in a quarter cup of chopped olives and a chopped seeded tomato and saute another two minutes. Mix into it a rinsed and drained 15 ounce can of white navy beans. Press down some of the beans a tiny bit in the pan and heat through until much of the moisture evaporates. Turn into a bowl and while still hot & mix in a couple of tablespoons of chopped basil.

    Much healthier than making it with pasta and it’ll serve two for a meal or four as side dishes. And think how hearty it will be for lunch in my great new Zojriushi stainless steel jar!

  • Boleyn

    I would love to try one of the Z bread makers. They look so cool. They would be too heavy to be sent to Canada.

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    I would pack yummy chili. THANKS!

  • charlotte

    I’d pack my dinner in it – I need to cook early – like at 1:00 pm so I can go to my parents house to feed them at 3:30 and later have dinner ourselves at 7:00 and also feed my
    dau/grandchildren at 6:00. I have the Zozurushi breadmaker and love it!

  • Kimi

    I have the Zojirushi breadmaker which is 10+ years old but makes ono bread. I used to make breads every weekend but my husband doesn’t like the smell so I had to bring it outside on the chest freezer to bake. I also have the Zojirushi rice cooker which my friend purchased for me at Shirokiya – it has the different rice selections which I love. I treasure that so much as that friend, my dear friend, passed away last year. I always think of her when I’m making rice.

  • Jessie

    Aside from all of the lunch jars that I regularly lust over, the thing from Zojirushi I’d most like to have is the electric kettle. I love drinking tea, but almost never do at home because I’m too lazy to put the kettle on the stove ๐Ÿ˜€

    In the jar, I would definitely pack some doenjang jjigae, my favorite Korean stew to make at home

  • kellt bolduc

    Giveaway 1 oooooh I bought a 5 cup zojirushi fuzzy logic rice cooker for my birthday! Holy moly, it will keep my rice warm for 20 plus hours. I love that. Plus the bowl doesn’t burn rice so you get every grain you cook. Oh and the timer…. I love who decided to do this. The cooker can be timed to finish coooking rice at a certain time, like 6:30 am, that’s when its finished not when it starts. Its so amazing I think I would cry if it broke. And it chimes twinkle twinkle little star when I press the cook button, who wouldn’ love that

  • Linda A

    My dream Zojirushi product would be their bread maker…but of the Zojirushi products that I do own, I love my hot water pot and all my thermal beverage carafes…they are great!!!

    AND in the pink thermal jar I would put hot rice with curry on top! YUMMY lunch! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

  • kelly bolduc

    Giveaway 2 I would put a cold vinegar based dipping broth into it for my cold buckwheat noodles. So tasty in the summer

  • Kathleen McDonagh

    I’d long for a rice cooker, if my wallet and my counter space allowed. And I’ve got a stash of homemade soup already in the freezer just waiting for a cute thermos. And, in the cold weather, opening a thermos of hot chocolate is quite a treat ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Ten

    My favorite item would be the food jar. I would love to be able to pack soups and things in it… broth soups… maybe chili. Yum! And then they’d stay nice and warm until lunchtime.

  • Jennifer Lee

    I’ve been wanting a Zojurushi rice cooker for forever….but my current one is still putt-putting along. I always think it’s gonna die but it hangs on.

    For the thermos, I’d definitely use if for thai iced tea. For cool sipping through the day.

  • I love breadmakers, so that might be my favorite. I think it works great for the type of person I am. All you do, usually, is put in ingredients, do something else for a few hours, come back, and eat bread! What could be better? ^_^

  • jahn

    dude…hot and sour soup sounds soo good right now. i always crave it for lunch. especially now since there’s so much june gloom (Santa Barbara).

  • woah that’s a beautiful set ๐Ÿ™‚

    Personally, I am a sucker for soupy curries and warm chicken-related soups (e.g herbal chicken soup) and that would be what I would pack in the thermal jar this winter. during summer, I am thinking of trying the beetroot soup or avocado soups I have been glancing at in my new recipe book!

  • I am dreaming of a Zojurushi rice cooker… But my oldie still works fine so I’m gnna have to wait ๐Ÿ™

    In the food jar I would pack some pumpkin and chickpea curry, with some pita bread that would make an excellent lunch!

  • pinkbeary

    my favorite is my zojirushi rice maker. it makes perfect rice, and i love the twinkle, twinkle, little star ring when it is done.

    i would put chicken noodle soup in the soup jar.

  • Ana Macedo

    Seeing your blog posts in the morning makes me hungry…

    I looove their bread makers, I’d be so happy if I had one! Being Portuguese, bread is more mandatory in my daily food than rice (although I do eat it every day too XD).

    I would most likely put some kind of heavy stew in there. I love heavy, spicy, warm stews, even in the Summer, so…. :p

  • Dana

    I think my favorite Zojirushi product is their rice cookers. Once I’m done with college and dorm rooms forever, I think I just might invest in one. I’ve been eyeing the NS-ZCC10 5-1/2-cup in particular.

    For the cute jar… It’s boiling hot but really gorgeous out where I am now, so I would pack it full of sherbet and take it to the beach ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marlena

    My favorite is Zojirushi Classic Stainless Lunch Jar, Metallic Gray. Just like that, classic, good for me or the husband. I have a lot of bento gear for the kids. But my husband only gets tuppeware. I am really considering this one for him.

  • Definitely the rice cooker. I don’t have one yet, but my heart has been longing for one for months! Think I might have to ask Santa to bring me one for Christmas…

  • I have two rice cookers already so while their rice cooker is nice, I am just madly in love with the mini bento sets! My kids love the concept of Bento lunches and one of our summer projects is to practice so they can take more Bento style lunches to school this fall.

  • Becky

    Oh my gosh! That bento box is gorgeous! I’m so jealous. :'( I think I have to say that my favorite would be the Ms. Bento set, although those rice cookers look pretty tantalizing given the state of my ghetto 30 year old one…

    As for the jar, I think I’d try at least once to put in some pho noodle soup. Although, I don’t know if the noodles will be as good after soaking in broth for the 4 hours between the beginning of work and lunchtime.

  • Love the mini bentos with the stainless mugs. The bread machines are pretty cool too. Right now with it 100+ in Texas I’d have to put something cold in the container.

  • Akana

    I’d get one of the thermal jars http://www.zojirushi.com/ourproducts/ssvbs/ssv_bottle_svgg3550.html
    because all the ones I can find where I live don’t work, leak, or tend to suck up flavors.

    For the jar, I would put in the dipping sauce for a french dip sandwich. Beef broth, with roast beast and bread to dip in it. mmmmm.

  • Cami

    I was just introduced to Zojirushi products last week when trying to find a good lunch box for my friend. I secretly covet their Mr. Bento products. I have a smaller lamer lunch box right now but a girl can dream, right? I already pack my lunch anyway…

    In the little cup container, I would carry around tea. I can never get it to taste right when I’m not at home, so I’d have to pack it. Black tea with rose, and added honey and lemon. Mmm. That or tomato soup. My mom and I always use salad croutons instead of crackers in soup. I’d add cheddar to the tomato soup, then keep it warm until it was delicious crouton soup eating time.

    Everything you make sounds so delicious! I envy your cooking capacity. I am only good at baking!

  • Rachela

    I REALLY really want one of the Neuro Fuzzy rice cookers, but I also really want the indoor electric grill! I think those are my two favorites.

  • Victoria

    It’s been so warm and humid lately, so I’d want to have some chilled peach soup in the jar. If it keeps temperature that well, it would be perfect for taking the soup on a picnic and still having it be nice and chilly.

  • Rachela

    And in the jar, I think I’d try something cold, since the weather’s heating up… maybe some sparkly lemonade…

  • Victoria

    I’ve never tried Zojirushi products before, but they look very nice, and they get points in my book for being so thoughtful to their public supporters. My fiance is the rice cooker in the house and he does an excellent job with just a regular pot, but I have to say one of the larger rice cookers would be nice, especially for when we have company.

  • I think I would honestly pick the set you are giving away. I am a sucker for adorable bags! And I LOVE the green one!

    In the jar I would put soup. A nice spicy tortilla soup. That is my favorite!

  • Laurie

    I LOVE Zojirushi products. I asked for (and got) a Ms. Bento for Christmas last year, but my husband and son end up using it all the time! Its definitely time to get more!

    Oh, the possibilities for the jar… I love soup and would probably use it for soup everyday…miso, lentil soup, veggie, taco…the list goes on and on. My favorite right now is a sausage and kale with white beans. My son asked me the other day if I just like turning regular recipes into soups. I think he’s right!

  • Luigi

    If I owned a restaurant, a large capacity Zojirushi rice cooker would have my rice steamed perfectly every time. My favourite item from Zojirushi–and one that was given to me as a very practical gift–is the Mr. Bento Stainless Steel lunchbox. Keeps hot foods hot and cold foods cold, and packs a pretty hefty-sized lunch for a hearty appetite. And the airtight compartments mean that your miso soup won’t sog up your steamed rice.

    And that pink Zojirushi thermo-jar would keep some young lady’s miso soup fashionably hot till lunch comes around–though a man sipping his miso soup out of a stylish pink thermos would raise quite a few eyebrows in the Jib and Jaw!

  • Andriaia

    My favourite product would have to be the Zojirushi bread machine. I don’t actually own one, but have been lusting after it for forever! Sure it’s ultimately cheaper to make your own bread, and it’s good for making all kinds of healthy and delicious breads, that are customizable and you have control over what goes inside. But the main draw for me is that I can make cute bread, such as Panda Bread, which is especially great for making bentos! My Panda Bread got an obligatory “it’s cute” from the boyfriend, but it was an instant hit with my female friends! It’s so much simpler and quicker to use the Zojirushi bread machine than doing it the old fashioned way. ^-^

    In the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Food Jar, I would probably put some chinese rice congee with beef slices. It would be the perfect food to keep me warm on a chilly day, or when I just feel like eating it. I would top it off with fried bread sticks and coriander, as well as some carrots cut into flowers to give it an extra bento-kick. Crack an egg into it just before eating, and Viola~!

  • Tereza

    Since I burn my rice if I get distracted with something else, I’ve always wanted one of their rice cookers that does both white and brown rice.

    In the pink one, I’d put tortilla soup with avacado fanned across the top.

  • Amy

    I had a fabulous breadmachine by zojirushi. LOVED IT until it died over a decade later and I couldn’t replace the broken part. Now that I have a decent rice cooker – I’m betting their rice cooker would rock! Don’t know if I could choose between the thermal bentos (which would be fabulous for winter lunches here) or the rice cooker.

  • Amy

    Oops – I forgot to say what I’d pack in the mini bento lunch jar: I’d pack soups and warm dishes in the winter for my kiddos. The first would probably be an attempt at miso soup.

  • Hmm, my favourite Zojirushi product is prob a blender I got in Tokyo. Been using it for four years and it can crush ice without a glitch and I depend on this to make smoothies daily.

    Love the pretty blue bento set pictured above…

  • Marlies

    Wooow, I really like this Mini Bento Stainless Lunch Jar! It would be my first choice. Although I also like the Ms. Bento stainless lunch jar and some of the vacuum bottles. But I think the flower design of the mini-bento fits me more!!

  • emma

    I would pack soup, but not fishy soup! eeks the eyeballs freak me out, you are so brave haha!

  • Angelene

    Me, being a BREAD LOVER..would choose
    Home Bakery Supremeยฎ Breadmaker!!!!

    I wished I could have one of this at my place now..WHY?
    It’s because I am such a bread lover! a piece of toast with honey will surely make my day!
    i lurve bread to that extend:D
    I can snack on brown bread itself! Without any spread!!

    and this product, enable me to make any bread i lurve, without fear of any preservatives or other extra unhealthy ingredients which usually added in bread in stores!

    It enable me to bake lovely healthy cakes for my dearest family and friends, just by pressing buttons!

    It enable me to bake ALL kinds of bread! From soft dough, hard dough, rough, smooth, with raisins, without nuts, seeded, brown flour, white flour, meatloaf..and the list goes own and on and on..basically it allows me to bake a PERFECT bread that I love! and again..just pressing buttons!
    and everyday, i can enjoy FRESH BAKED BREAD!!! My goodness, even thinking about it puts a smile on my face:)

    Not to forget it’s stunning, classy BLACK COLOR..wOoHoo, just nice to fit into my kitchen and even decorate my kitchen with a feeling of..HIGH STANDARD:)))

    there are just too many advantages of having one of this cool machine!! I WANT!!!!!
    So in a nutshell..THAT’s MY FAVOURITE product!!!!! AMAZING INVENTION, Zojirushi!!!

    allrighty, move on to the next part of the contest..what would i packed into that cute lil thermal jar.

    I would pack some Chinese desserts..either Azuki red bean soup, or green bean or barley:)
    Those are my favourite desserts and they’re easy to make!
    With hot weather during summer time now, a cold red/green bean soup would be nice for teatime!
    instead of caffeine filled tea/coffee, why not try something sweet and yummy PLUS healthy too:)

  • Amelia

    Green fruit and flower Set Entry:
    Zojurishi products look like high quality top of the line products. If I could only have one I would choose the Zutto Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker & Warmer. Why? Because it’s awesome! The description specifies that that rice cooker “can โ€˜thinkโ€™ for itself and make fine adjustments to temperature and heating time to cook perfect rice every time.” How cool is that?
    Stainless steel food jar Entry:
    Hmmm…There are two things that come to mind immediately. For a breakfast on the go, I might pack “arroz con leche” (Mexican rice pudding). Or I could pack some potato, tomato, and spinach soup for lunch!
    P.S. The menpachi fishies look scared!

  • Tracey

    Bento Set giveaway –
    Our favorite Zojirushi product is their Stainless Steel Vaccum Bottles. The kids pack water in them and it stays cold and icy for hours. And the surface of the bottles does not “sweat.”

    The food jar giveaway –
    I waould pack some green tea (hot) to make ochazuke rice. I love the cute hamtaro and hello kitty ochazuke packets at Marukai.

    Thank you for the giveaway contest!!!

  • mags

    Hmm, it’s so hard to narrow it down to just one zojirushi product. I’d say that the top three that I really adore at their rice cookers, hot water dispensers and their bread machine. I think that what I *need* right now is one of their hot water dispensers though, since my sanyo rice cooker still works and I would love a bread machine, but honestly don’t know how often I’d use it.

    For the mini-bento, I’d pack some rice with some bulgogi, some kimchi and probably some fruit or a salad.

  • I love, love, love my large capacity rice cooker. My husband gave it to me for my birthday a few years ago out of self-defense: I tend to burn rice on the stove and he loves rice. This cooker does 800 different kinds of rice, porridge, even steel-cut oatmeal. My first reaction was “You spent HOW much on a gadget?!” But I’ve had it for four years and it was worth every penny.

  • Oh, and I would pack lunch for my husband – of course!!!

  • Joyce

    my favourite product will be the Mini Bento stainless Lunch jar….i love tote bags ๐Ÿ™‚

    thanks.

  • Cat

    Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug with Tea Strainer is my favorite item from Zojirushi. I’ve dropped it many times and it’s still fine and unharmed! I also love tea, so I enjoy the strainer benefit.

    If I had the pink container, I think I would put soup in it, to match my tea for lunch! Nomnomnom!

  • Amy L

    WOW! I think this aqua set is my fave, but I saw a white one with flowers that looked nice too. I am new to bento, so I am not familiar with everything yet.

    I would pack broccoli cheese soup (a fave in my area – YUM) in the pink jar.

    At this point, I was fortunate to score some shallow rectangular containers which I have been making due with since I have not sprung for a “real” bento box yet…a little bigger than it should be (720ml) but I am glad to be trying it. Does make me realize I would like to have a two-tiered one when I do buy it. THANKS for all the great pics and the giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennifer F.

    I would pack pasta in it. Maybe cheese ravs with a mushroom cream sauce and some fresh grated parmesan on top or baked spaghetti or homemade mac n cheese. YUM. The flowered set is very cute!!

  • glee

    I think i would put asparagus soup in it. Or if the tomatoes are good, some fresh gazpacho w/ avocado on top. mmmm! that mepachi miso sounds ono, though!

  • glee

    For the bigt Z giveaway, definitely lusting after the rice cooker. We lovingly call it R2D2 when we see it in the store!! Maybe someday…

  • june lai

    sure i will use it to put poridge for my boy.

  • sami

    i love your blog! *O* everything always looks delicious and your commentary always makes me lol. ^O^

    for the zojirushi mini bento giveaway:
    my favourite zojirushi appliance is… my fuzzy logic rice cooker!! it makes the best rice eeeeever. sure, it takes 50 minutes on the normal setting (yes, i do know about the 20 minute ‘quick cook’ setting), but your rice gets this really intense, genuine, *rice* flavour. it’s so warm and fluffysoft and it makes me happy and reminds me of home. and it makes pretty darn good congee too! my parents have the 10 cup one and i named him ‘Moby’ because he looks like a little chubby whale yawning… and my little 5 cup one is named ‘Chibi Moby’. ^O^

    for the stainless steel jar…
    i would put … well, to be honest, i would give it to my mom to use when she brings herbal soups and teas to my grandma. ^O^;;;;;;;;;;; (sounds so trite… ^^;;;;; )

  • Dawn

    Ever since I got a simple on/off rice cooker I have been wanting one of the top-end Zojirushi ones – they’re like magic!

    I’m a sucker for hot, comforting lunch foods, so my lunch jar would be filled with stew or chili or a good Indian curry. Mmmmmmm

  • Brandy

    I would probably do soup or some kind of pasta.

  • Kayti

    I would probably pick this set that you are giving away, but I have been keeping my eye on the stainless steel lunch jar with 4 tiers inside. I don’t have a circle shaped bento and I think it would be super fun to pack. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Deann

    woah, they have induction rice cookers? Those things sound awesome. Even though I have 2 rice cookers, now I’ve added one to my want list. Ha! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #1 My favorite Zojirushi product is my awesome rice cooker! love, love, love it!
    #3 I’d pack soup fo’sho in that jar! It’d be great to bring some sai min to work in!

  • Katy R

    Their Rice Cooker is definitely top on my list, my cheap little microwave one always makes a mess…

    And tortilla soup would be divine in that little container, it’s one of those soups that is best when hot, and it sounds like that little guy will do the trick!

  • SarahG

    I just bought my husband a Mr. Bento for his lunch and he really loves it! I love that it comes with a stainless steel spork! Looking at the other comments, I may have to add the rice cooker to my wishlist. ๐Ÿ™‚
    As a newcomer to bento-making and Japanese-style cuisine (and a lover of LOST) I really enjoy your blog!

  • Ivy

    I’ve always longed for a Ms Bento (except that I have access to a kitchen a work, so it seems like overkill for the $$$) but this mini set is soooo adorable. I love the idea of doing combo hot and cold for my daughter, including a snack (which is always a sidecar in her regular bentos). My current favorite food for her bento is Asian slaw (matchstick veggies and fruits like apples and pears with a sauce container of rice vinegar / oil dressing). She gobbles every bite and doesn’t care that it’s carrots or zucchini or whatever.

  • LadySaotome

    I absolutely adore my Zojirushi rice cooker. It’s honestly the best appliance purchase I ever made.

    And some homemade minestrone soup would be awesome in that jar!

  • Jennifer S

    If I could have any Zojirushi product it would be a toss up between the rice cooker and the blender. My blender is on it’s last leg after 10 years but my rice cooking skills suck!

    I love that pink container! I would use if for so many things – chicken and rice soup, chilli, fried rice. Yum!

  • Ryane

    I totally want a rice cooker… I can never seem to get my rice just right…

    And in the jar? Not sure… Some homemade chicken soup sounds awfully good, then again I’m at home from work with a cold, lol, so maybe that’s why it’s in the forefront of my mind ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Malisa C.

    I LOVE, love my Zojirushi Airpot and Rice Cooker!!! I use my rice cooker daily and after years of practice, have managed to figure out just how much water it takes to make perfect, fluffy rice! We use the airpot for cups & cups of hot cocoa during winter. It’s also been a lifesaver at Tea Party themed Baby Showers! Expensive, but well-worth the investment!

  • Sara R

    I am currently lusting after a Zojirushi induction rice cooker – my cheapo model always burns the brown rice on the bottom. I have heard so many great things, it is on the want list!

    I would use the thermal jar for tea – our lunches are typically packed the night before and reheated in the microwave at work (including soup). But we drink tea every morning, it would be great to bring extra to work!

  • staci

    My favorite Zojirushi product is my old rice pot. My aunty (who passed away a few years ago and was like a second mom to me) gave it to me when I moved into my first apartment. I just can’t seem to part with it.

    As for the jar, I probably would use it to keep my saimin dashi warm.

  • Meghank

    Rice cooker! I drool over it all the time.

  • Shannon

    My favorite Zojirushi product would have to be my parents’ rice cooker. They upgraded to it from a National cooker (which I have since inherited). Every time I visit their house, I get spoiled eating their rice! Some day I’ll upgrade my 30+ year old inherited cooker…

    Your story about your jichan reminds me of my grandpa. I was the only granddaughter for 11 years so I used to think “the girl” was his pet name for me. Of course, I was always visiting from the mainland so I didn’t know this was a common term. He would make the best menpachi soup and my brother and I would argue over sucking the jelly of the eyes (which I don’t think I could do now). We used to look forward to my grandpa’s visits to the mainland because it always meant we’d be getting fish and octopus (he’d caught himself) packed in a cooler. Your story brings back great memories of my visits to Maui and time spent with my grandfather.

  • I love their rice cookers! Always cooks perfectly.

    For the jar, I would put milk in it for my morning cereal breakfast. I’m a big milk drinker. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Laura

    Oh thank you for another awesome give away (and thank Zojirushi too!)! I have my eye on the Home Bakery Supremeยฎ Breadmaker (aka in my head as The Multitasker!) but can’t justify buying it with my DAK one from college is still going strong and limited funding right now (^_^)

    For the thermal jar, I would keep cold Texas agua fresca in it. It is like a strawberry lemonade with chunks of fresh fruit of strawberries, watermelon, cantelope, grapes and limes. So good on a hot summer day. Mmmm, making myself thirsty just thinking about it. Will have to make up a batch ASAP.

    Thanks Pikko. BTW, love your book, just got it in last week and been having fun with it.

  • My favorite Zojirushi product is their crazy-awesome super-smart fuzzy-logic rice cookers. I’m, well, cheap and broke, and so I always make rice in a heavy-bottomed-and-lidded pot, and I never saw the point in rice cookers, as I’d only had rice from cheapo rice cookers. “Who cares?” I’d say. “As long as you wash it properly, it’s not really any different,” I’d scoff. And then my uppance came. A friend with one of the crazy-mad-cool fuzzy logic cookers brought it over to make rice one day, with a bag of really fresh, good rice. I didn’t eat anything but plain rice for the rest of the day, I was so bowled over by how delicious rice could be. By bedtime, I felt like a bird at a wedding…the happiest exploding carbohydrate bird ever. Who knew that rice could be so good? The awesome Zojirushi guys, is the answer.

    In the thermos jar, I’d put soup. I love soup. I eat soup for at least three or four meals a week. But it’s such a pain getting said soup to the office. Lots of thermos jars are either too small for meal soup consumption or they don’t actually keep the soup hot. I have strange dreams sometimes about soup. I’d list my favorite soups but it’d take forever. Nom!

  • Laurie

    I am new to making bento lunches…unfortunately for me I didn’t get into bento making when I lived in Hawai’i for 3 years and waited until now when I live in Alaska! Luckily, we have some great stores that sell specialty food products but not bento boxes or accessories. I had to buy a rice cooker when I moved to Alaska since everyone here uses a pot (and so had I until I moved to Hawai’i!).

    On to the point I would put Portuguese Bean Soup in it because my hubby LOVES Portuguese sausage-I even brought back 4 3-packs Costco packs of it back from my last visit to Hawai’i!

  • Aunty C

    Thanks for reminiscing about Ji-chan – only I remember Grandma being the one who did the eyeball sucking! It grossed US out as kids. LOL!

  • My favorite Zojirushi product of which I do owe one is their stainless steel vacuum bottle. It keeps my coffee hot for hours!

  • Laurie

    I should specify I am saving up for a new rice cooker: a Zojirushi!

  • 3beans

    I’ve been eyeballin’ the Ms. Bento, but this blue mini looks like the perfect size and it’s stylish to boot!

    Love the pink food jar! Definitely would pack chili in there!

  • I would definitely put Jook (rice pourridge) in this. I’m a big fan of jook!! but then again, i think it would be a good idea to put chili and rice too. That’s who they serve it on the mainland anyway, in a cup….right? LOL

  • Mrs. P

    oh and my favorite Zojirushi product of all times would be the dispencing pot! I can only remember every chinese home would have one of those. My mom would always heat up the water in there for her tea in the morning. when it gets cold, she used them to fill up empty water bottles. She said these are good water to drink because it’s “sterilized”. My great grandmother used these to make us oatmeal when we were little. She makes them with salt. So now, I cannot eat oatmeal sweetened. It has to be salted, the way my great grandmother used to make it. =)

  • Timeeka

    I’ve always wanted a Zojirushi rice cooker. I have terrible luck with rice cookers, and I feel like it would worth the investment to get an amazing one. I’ve been lusting after the NS-ZCC10 for a while.

  • Norine

    Right now I would put hot miso soup with tofu inside of the thermos, since I am feeling so cold in my office now. If not, beef stew would be delicious too!

  • Kiki

    I would love the Micom Super Boiler! I love warm drinks but I never get to drink them until later in the evening when I am not so rushed. If I had that Boiler I would be able to have my hot tea or occasional hot chocolate any time throughout my day! And I would have the added bonus of it looking so pretty with it’s flower design. ๐Ÿ™‚

    It is a wonderfully warm summer where I am at now and I tend to eat my lunch outside so, in the jar, I think I would put a chilled dashi soup. Yum!

  • sammi

    my favorite one is the bread machine. it looks SOOOO cool!!!!!!!!! Its cheaper then buying our own breac plus its alot more fun.

    I would put chicken noodle soup in the jar.

  • Paulina

    My favourite Zojirushi product would have to be their rice cookers, because if I had money I’d buy myself one, to save myself from failing at cooking rice in all ways imaginable.

    I would put hot chocolate in that jar, because despite it being summer here, its surprisingly cold.

  • Ooh, I’d definitely put in tea- chai for preference! I’m a fan of their rice cookers as well, so delightful!

  • Elizabeth

    The breadmachine has to be my favorite. There’s nothing better than fresh bread without the expense or hassle with the water pan and such to make it puff up just right.

    I’d put tomato bisque in the jar. It’s great hot or cold and if I ever do get one of the breadmakers, then it’d go perfectly.

  • Sher Ga

    My Favorite Zojirushi product would have to be the rice cookers, what is there to argue about, it cooks perfect rice everytime and the leakproof lid does just that! doesn’t leak rice water all over the worktop! I like to cook my rice in the cooker and add some chinese sausage or egg/water mix in a small plate ontop when almost done to steam to perfection so i get a whole meal in one go!

    For the Jar i’d love to put tom yum soup in it!

  • Ann K.

    I’d love a rice cooker as my rice never seems to be fluffy enough for my liking..plus it looks so pretty.

    I’d pack my super delicious home made chicken and vegetable soup in the jar to have it for lunch with a nice homemade roll

  • I pack my lunch to work daily and soup has always been difficult to bring so if I win, I’ll pack my fave –hot and sour soup with bamboo shoots, tofu and shitake. This will pair so nicely with harumaki ..thanks for the chance to win this wonderful giveaway.

  • Das

    I cant seem to have one favorite Zojirushi product. I miss having a breadmaker and their supreme version is really nice, but on the other hand i hate when i want to cook on the grill outside and its either too dark and buggy, or raining, so that indoor electric grill is also something i had my eye on. I guess i would pick the breadmaker then as my favorite, just because of the fun types of bread you can make.

    As for the stainless steel food jar, I would put milk in it so that i wouldn’t have to rush through a bowl of cereal before work and i could enjoy it while going through the morning paperwork. And It looks big enough to hold a cup of cereal as well so i wouldn’t even dirty a bowl.

  • My favorite Zojirushi products has to be the rice cooker. I definitely need appliances that are smarter than I am!

    In the thermal jar I would pack ice cold mugi-cha (roasted barley tea). Sooo refreshing in hot weather and great when I’ve already had too much caffeine.

  • Renee Richardson

    I absolutely love the Zojirushi Ms. Bento Stainless-Steel Vacuum Lunch Jar. Thanks for the great giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Renee Richardson

    I would use the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Food Jar for my pu erh tea or soup. Thanks again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Elizabeth

    Oh, such a beautiful set! This time of year, I would pack hot lunches. Because it is soo hot outside, our a/c is set at ice age frigid. I need a nice warm lunch to keep from freezing to my computer.

  • Carla

    My favorite product is the rice cooker because it is so convenient, a friend of me has one, I always overcook my rice…

    I would put a nice cool gazpacho soup in the thermos, so it fits its fancy pink color!

  • Julianne

    I would put a nice hot soup. Probably something spicy!

  • danielle

    My favorite product currently is their rice cooker. I am actually planning on buying soon!

  • danielle

    For the stainless steel food jar, I would put in some nice hot soup!

  • Kim

    Such a cute set. Since i have been sick this week I would probably pack some chicken noodle soup and fresh fruit. I would love to have a breadmaker. I love artesian bread but would never attempt to make it without a breadmaker.

  • LY

    I would love a zojirushi fuzzy rice cooker!! so cool
    and i would pack some soup in that jar! or maybe some beef stew!! yum!

  • Mavis

    My favourite product is their stainless steel food jar.
    I would put my baby food in it so that it is still warm for my baby to eat.

  • I would absolutely love a rice cooker! I think they are so cute and can’t ever get enough rice ๐Ÿ™‚ yum!

    As for the thermos I would put hot water so I could make myself instant ramen or udon on the go or for lunch. ๐Ÿ™‚ that would be so perfect!

  • kristel

    Wow, those boxes are so pretty and your story was very touching. It made me remember how my grandma’s cooking. I miss it now. Funny how memories work. I’d love to get the electric kettle since we always manage to burn the ones we use on the stove.

    As for the jar I’d have to say the uses vary from warm drinks like hot chocolate and warm orange tea for cold days and iced lemonade for warm days. Also lot’s of different leftover stews, it’d be so much easier to carry around too!

  • kayla

    as much as i love zojirushi rice cookers, i’ve been eyeing a breadmaker for a looong time now!

  • Anjali

    Oh god, definitely any of the rice cookers. Rice is a staple food for me, so the *perfect* rice made in a shiny zojirushi rice cooker? heaven!

  • My absolute favorite Zojirushi product would have to be the Zojirushi Micom 3 cup Stainless Steel rice cooker/warmer. After a *very* long time of drooling, I got one them a few years back as a gift… and I have to say it was the best, most practical gift I’ve received in a long time. It cooks all kinds of rice, even okayu… with a timer and should my appetite fade, it keeps the rice in fabulous condition for days… and it makes rice better and fluffier than, well, any other rice cooker I have used personally. I think it has something to do with the shape of the bowl, its very round. If I had to give away all my appliances but one, I would keep this rice cooker and toss the rest (though I would shed a tear over my hot water pot and my coffee maker lol).

    And what would I put in a hot food jar….. Normally I would say tea but since I have a nice tea flask… I’d have to go with a mild coconut curry. Coconut curry and possibly some rice. Leftover Thai curry poured over rice in a jar is soooo good.

  • Heather

    I adore my Sanyo rice cooker and it was 1/3 the price of Zojirushi ones! But the indoor electric grill and all of those sweet bread makers make me rub my grubby mitts together with kitchen-gadget-lust!

  • Sabrae

    I’ve been eyeing their Ms. Bento lunch jar set for a while. It seems like it would be perfect for taking hot lunches to work! Their rice cookers do look lovely though. Unfortunately I don’t think I could justify a new one (or even thinking about a new one) when I have one that functions perfectly right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I would probably put cream of wheat with a bit of honey in the lunch jar for breakfast. I’ve never really been much of a morning person, so if I eat breakfast I usually do it at work.

  • Jaimie

    I love Zojirushi’s rice cookers! They can cook and steam everything I would want to eat and look cool doing it! Plus, I just moved across the country and gave away my rice cooker.

    In the fabulous lunch jar, I would put steel cut oats with almond butter, dried fruit, and nuts–and being able to have a hot breakfast on the go–even better!

  • Susie

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE the Induction Heat Pressure Rice Cooker and Warmer…I’m afraid to even look to see how much they cost! Talk about the Mercedes of rice cookers!!!

    I would pack tea, soups, hot chocolate in the food jar…how pretty is that pink????

  • The breadmaker for sure! I would love to have one of those.

    As for the jar, I think I would end up packing some ho chili there. Yum!

  • Evi

    A japanese friend of mine has one of those. She brought hers from Japan and we have no idea how to get hold of one of these here. I always envy her. I’d love to use it for my tea.

  • My favorite Zojirushi product is definitely their rice cooker and warmer and mini bento stainless lunch jar!

    I would pack lentil soup or miso soup in that jar.

  • Lily

    Favorite Zojirushi product is the thermal carafes. They’re super useful.

    As for the jar, I would pack chicken noodle soup, my favorite, yum!

  • How sad to learn the lime green Zojirushi mini bento is no longer available! That was my favourite! (And I believe there has been a yellow-orange one in the past as well?) But I like the *new* mini bentos VERY MUCH too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    What I would bring in the jar depends on the weather. On a cold winter day I would bring dahl (Indian red lentils) with some naan bread on the side. That would warm me up both physically and emotionally ๐Ÿ™‚

    On a hot summer day I’d prefer some cold cucumber-yoghurt soup to cool down. Or spicy Surinamese peanut soup! I bet Claire from Lost wished she had brought a Zojirushi thermos with peanut soup! That would have been just a tiny bit better than imaginary peanut butter ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for the fun giveaway Pikkopots & Zojirushi people ๐Ÿ™‚

  • PS. I forgot to suggest you organize a giveaway for your panasonic rice cooker… so you don’t have to wait until it dies! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Hagar Lucky

    I’ve got a few Zojirushi items (Mr Bento, Ms Bento, electric kettle, rice cooker, …), and I love them all, but the most useful and the one I simply could not live without is my rice cooker. The first one I had was the big one button cooker (also from Zojirushi), but when I moved, I gave that one to a friend of mine who has a bigger family and I got a small 3 cups induction cooker with a timer. Getting up in the morning to the smell of freshly made rice is just heavenly ๐Ÿ™‚ Hot rice with anko is my daughter’s favourite breakfast (I’m still trying to convince the Missus of the virtues of rice to start the day, to no avail… yet).

  • Amber S

    My favorite Zojirushi product is the Classic Bento Stainless Lunch Jar. It’s really difficult to find a bento that is big enough to feed a full-grown man and is still dark enough to hide grease and/or oil stains. My fiance is a mechanic, and I can’t send him to work with light-colored, plastic bentos if I expect them to return that way!

    I’d pack some warm tomato soup in that jar to go with a nice grilled cheese sandwich! It’s warm outside, but I feel like I need my winter clothes in my office.

  • Amy Powell

    I’d like the rice cooker. I’ve never had one but maybe I’d eat more at home if I did.

    I would put soup in the jar…yum!

  • Vanessa K

    I love the bread machine, warm fresh bread without all the hassle? Love it!!! I also love that it can do quick sourdough starter.

  • Jessie C.

    I’d pack some hot soup!

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  • Geri

    Pretty Bento!!… and yummy lookin’ too! My favorite zojirushi product is their rice cooker, I’ve had it for 5 years now, and its still going.

    I would probably pack beef stew in the thermal jar, and when winter comes around I would pack hot cocoa. ๐Ÿ™‚

    PS. If your fave fish is opakapaka and menpachi… have you ever tried Moi???? It is ONO, and hardly has any bones. Your menpachi soup looks super yummy.

  • You will find me at Mitsuwa regularly. I’m the one standing in front of the appliances with eyes wide and a bit of a drool going that I gave up on 10 minutes ago. I truly believe in a lifestyle transformation at the hands of a Japanese appliance manufacturer like Zojirushi. With the hot pot I will drink more green tea and less diet soda, while I grill healthy vegetables tableside for my family on the electric skillet. There will always be hot brown rice at the ready for wholesome meals and snacks. My twin toddlers can take hot rice and miso to school each day, fulfilling my fantasy to nurture their love for life’s journey, teaching them that time spent on perfecting the worthy details in life is never wasted. Finally, my kitchen will be sleek, neat and clean, as stylish as Zojirushi. The ‘before’ and ‘after’ images of us and our home would be nothing short of miraculous — more inspiring than anything HGTV can conjure up!

  • Funny, I just in the last couple of weeks put a Zojirushi breadmaker on my personal Amazon.com wish list! I’ve been making bread by hand a lot lately – my family can devour a loaf in a day (which they never did for store bought bread). BTW your fish looks delicious!

  • Laura

    I’ve been staring longingly at Zojirushi’s Ms. Bento set for ages! The reviews are all so enthused, and the containers look just the right size. Sometimes I stare at it and plan what I’d put in it…

    I would definitely put green tea in the food jar! I’ve had such a hard time finding a bottle that will keep my tea hot. Iced tea is fine too! But lukewarm tea… no thanks…

  • MartiVG

    The Zojirushi Ms. Bento has been on my wish-list for years. This set is beautiful! If I won, I would pack a lunch of Chinese chicken salad in the big thermos, and fruit salad, whole wheat crackers and dressing in the smaller ones.

  • Paula

    I have been lusting after a Zojirushi rice pot for years. My current rice pot – while it does the job okay – seems to turn the rice brown and crispy on the bottom if I leave it on the warm setting.

    The jar would definitely house my hot chocolate for those late nites of diving and freezing when I get out of the water.

  • Pammy

    I love, love, love my Zojirushi fuzzy rice maker – which isn’t fuzzy at all!

    I use it to make Irish Oatmeal, and would put that in the food jar with a drizzle of real maple syrup for a warm breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚

  • edomomie

    definately the Mr Bento thermal set with all those extra cups. I’ve been bentoing for quite some time now. This is one of my wants that is still on the wanted list though. Love your site!

  • For the Zojirushi Mini Bento Stainless Lunch Set:
    My favorite Zojirushi item is the rice cooker my mother bought me for my birthday. I’ve been using lower quality rice cookers, which I did quite well with, but have drooled over the idea of saving up for a Zojirushi rice cooker. My mother found out and bought it, knowing that I would not do so for a long while yet. The funny part of this story was that my mother accidently stuck the receipt in her freezer. On one of my visits, I went to take some of my food out of the freezer and found a receipt stuck to the bottom. I checked it to make sure it wasn’t mine and saw that it had the very same rice cooker I wanted on it. I gave my mother the receipt, to her audible surprise. It was very funny, and makes the rice cooker all that more dear to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    For the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Food Jar: I would put stone ground oatmeal in it mixed with brown sugar, dried blueberries, dried cranberries and a little bit of cream or milk. It’s one of my favorite bento breakfasts. It’s pretty and tastes absolutely delicious.

  • i like the zorijushi home bakery supreme breadmaker.
    and i’d pack soup or stew in the jar.

  • Maile

    I cannot live without my Zorijushi hot water dispenser. I know, this is a strange thing to love, but truly it is a life saver. I use this on a daily basis, but not for tea or coffee. I use it to prepare my baby boy’s bottles. I put 4oz of hot water and another 4oz of cold water and it is PERFECT for my little guy…. and it’s done in under 15 seconds!!!! I don’t have wait for a bottle warmer, I don’t have to pop it into the microwave and risk getting hot spots. I just put half hot water and half cold and I’m good to go. My son didn’t sleep more than two hours when he was a baby baby (and until he was like 8 months old when he moved to three hours!) and I was too incoherent to do anything that required thinking. My Zorijushi made my life so easy and allowed me not to think! I swear, I can’t live without it.

    BTW… I love my Zorijushi hot water dispenser so much…. I bring it on vacation with me. There is noooo way I’m leaving without. I love, heart, love, my little Zori. Hummm… maybe he needs a name.

  • sylvia

    my favorite is Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme Breadmaker Bakers Bundle.

  • Kim

    My favorite Zojirushi is definitely their vacuum sealed bentos. Besides the yumminess of a meal that keeps hot or cold for 6 hours, it sure made one of the hardest courses I took in college – Heat Transfer – easier to understand. Heat can’t travel convectively if there’s no air ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Vickie

    I love my rice cooker, but I also love my hot water dispenser. Can’t live without either.

  • Marley

    When I was in middle school (some time ago) a friend of the family gave my parents a Zojirushi Electric Water Dispensing Pot. For some reason I was very against using it for the first 6 months–stubborn New Englander that I am–but the first time I came in from shoveling 3 feet of snow out of the driveway and had hot water for cocoa all set and didn’t have to wait for my fingers to unfreeze to make it myself, I was hooked. The water pot has a timer and a descaler and the little elephant logo just makes me smile. I love it. I’m looking to kidnap it from my parents now that they’re moving, but I think I might have to fight my mom for it. =)

  • I purchased an electric skillet for my mom and she LOVES it! I would also love to try their breadmaker, based on everyone else’s comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ally T

    My favorite Zojirushi product would be the rice maker, especially the 3 cup one. It’s cute and the perfect size for my use.

    I would use the pink jar for tea. I like to bring tea with me to my classes, but my supposed tea/coffee travel mugs like to leak in my bags.

  • Angelique

    I have a mr. Bento which I love, in theory. In practice it’s too large to be wholly practical and it holds way too much food. But my favorite piece has to be the fuzzy logic rice cooker. I dream of owning one of these.

  • sang

    I love my rice cooker. It cooks both white and brown rice beautifully!

  • I don’t even now if I can buy Zojirushi products in Denmark. However I want to leave a message telling you how inspiring your blog are. I blog about food in Denmark, but we have som cathcing up to do on japanse cuchine – we haven’t noticed more than sushi yet…
    I’m fascinated by bentos and are planning to experiment in the near future ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Andrea

    My sister has one of the electric water boilers. I boil with envy every time we prepare tea in an instant. It’s just so much better then using my one cup personal coffee maker. (Which takes ages if u want to serve more than one person). But I also drool over the rice cookers. Mine was a gift, so I can’t complain…… too much. Mine has three settings, on, off, and slowly burn(warm). If we weren’t paying for college I’d buy a one of everything!

  • Adah Alvarez

    I’d LOVE to have a Zojirushi breadmaker! I’m drooling just imagining the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through my house, and all the different kinds of bread I would bake! Mmmmm.
    For the food Jar- I would use it to pack chili! We are huge chili fans in my house and we make it all year long in huge batches. Lunch indeed!

  • janet

    I love my zojirushi hot water dispenser! i have a bread maker too, but i admit i dont ever use it. but, the hot water dispenser makes all my friends jealous!

  • Alice

    Hot water dispenser hands down. I can get hot tea whenever I want at my friends house. Its one of those things I’m going to get once I get around to it.

    I’d probably put hot soup in the stainless steel jar and take it to work. I’m trying to see if I will lose some weight if I stick to soups during lunch. That menpachi miso soup looks good! I’m going to have to try that later. Did you use aka or shiro miso? I tend to favor aka for miso soup.

  • Liz

    I love love love my Zojirushi 3 cup rice cooker. Love it. Use it every day. Perfect rice every time. Reading these comments makes me want a hot water dispenser too.

    As for the jar, I would put saimin in it.

  • Nic

    I want a Mr Bento, I would love to able to keep my bento warm throughout the day and keep them in order!.

  • I am torn on this front….I’ve got an all in one crock pot and rice cooker and while it’s awesome, I’m waiting for the day it dies so that I can upgrade to a Zojirushi electronic rice cooker. I’ve also been hoping that Santa would deliver me a classic bento, but the new minis are so kawaii!! I’m heading back to school in the Fall, and it would be perfect to keep me in stylishly wrapped hot meals. The thoughts of being stuck with cafeteria food are giving me nightmares..

  • Wen

    I love my Zojirushi rice cooker. It makes great white rice, sushi rice, sweet rice, brown rice, wild rice, and quinoa.

  • Greer

    I would have to say that I would definitely want that small zojirushi rice cooker and warmer that comes with the fuzzy logic technology and doubles as a cake baker, mostly because it doubles as a cake baker and has fuzzy logic technology. It is also very small and cute.

    For the food jar I would definitely use it for either tea for when I have to rehearsals or top ramen, which I secretly enjoymore than pretty much any other food ever

  • careybear

    hope it’s not too late, but my favorite zojirushi item is the rice cooker. it was on my wishlist for this last christmas and i got it and love it! my mom also uses the hot water dispenser that she’s had for as long as i can remember.

    i would definitely put tea in the thermal jar. my classes are cold and warm tea would be so great to have. i’ve been taking room temperature mugicha -.-

  • amaineko

    i would love to have zojirushi’s Lunch Jar SL-JAE14.

    i would put many things in this jar. Sometimes Tea, sometimes stew or noodlesoup etc. ^.^

  • Ashley S.

    Their stainless steel lunch jar is my most wanted item from them right now!
    While it may not be as cute as many bentos out there, it would be much more useful for school.

  • Auryon

    I would have to say their Ms. Bento (SL-ME07) is the item I’ve wanted for a long while now. I love that it only has a main bowl and one side bowl (unlike others that come with 2) because some of us don’t eat large portions.

    As for for the Stainless Steel Food Jar, I would fill it with cold soba soup! It’s definitely a favorite during the Summer!

  • I love the Rice cooker. Especially since I can cook brown rice in it. Yumm!

  • Karina

    I’ve always wanted one of their fuzzy logic rice cookers but unfortunately they don’t sell them here in Australia. I keep kicking myself for not buying one when I was living in Japan and bringing it back – but then I would have to worry about power conversion and all that stuff.

  • Katie

    I’m a beginner bento maker and just looking at the green Mini Bento Stainless Lunch Jar has made me fall in love. It’s so cute (<3) and actually matches the cloth bag I currently put my lunch in. I'd love to buy it, but as you said, it Zojirushi is leaning towards the more expensive side of bento containers.

    This is a little late, and now that I think of it, It might not even count, but oh well.

  • Denise

    I would love to have a Zojirushi rice cooker that keeps rice warm, make sushi rice & rice porridge. Oh and that I can easily program to cook later in the day.

  • Anna

    I am a brand-new bento fan and got here after ordering Yum Yum Bento Box on Amazon.

    My favorite Zojirushi product is the rice cooker. I am so glad my husband insisted on getting it instead of the Sanyo one I was going to settle for. And now that I have started making bento lunches for my 2-year-old daughter, my next favorite would have to be one of those adorable mini bento lunch jars that would be just perfect for her! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • LOVE your blog! I discovered Bento boxes at the Halekulani in Waikiki on my honeymoon.. Your website is adorable and I recently discovered the zojirushi stainless mug, SUPER CUTE.
    hope i’m not too late to enter your contest!!

  • Stephanie

    I just love my Zojirushi Micom Rice Maker. It’s a small one, 3 cups, and I use it nearly every single day. On weeknights I set it up to have rice ready for my bento in the morning, (it has a timer!) and Saturday & Sunday I wake up to rice porridge, a nice warm breakfast all ready to eat. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s so easy to use and clean.

    As for the thermal jar – well, it’s summer, so I’d put in some of my homemade frozen yogurt and a handful of frozen berries to mix in at lunchtime once it softens up a bit, or else some potato or macaroni salad.

  • Jen Mc

    I like the Ms, Bento Jar.
    I would put a leftover casserole in the food jar.

  • Jo Ann Chang

    I have always wanted a Zojirushi bento set, I own a Zojirushi 10 cup Rice cooker and it’s perfect for my family. Enjoy all your stories and instructions on your bentos.

  • Malisa C.

    I would definately use that adorable pink Zojirushi Thermos for Miso Soup! I’m always trying to rush getting my girls ready in the morning and sometimes run outta time when it comes to finishing my morning soup!

  • I love my Zojirushi – Neuro Fuzzy – Rice Cooker! I just don’t get why it takes so much darn longer for brown rice to cook in it than white rice.

    I would definitely love to be able to have a way to take hot vegetable soup with me to work. I could heat it up at home and then put it in the stainless steel food jar. We don’t have a microwave at work, but I wouldn’t have to eat cold soup anymore!

  • Lisa

    My favorite Zojirushi product is the Gourmet d’ Expert electric skillet. Preferrably the largest one. Its form is wonderful, clean lines and not doesn’t look clunky. It looks like it would be easy to clean and can be used to steam as well as fry or stew food.

    As for your cup, I would cook up some oatmeal or cream of rice, add a few dried cranberries or some fresh blueberries and pack it with me to work in the morning for a hot and hearty breakfast. Yum Yum!

  • Sarah Cuthill

    I’ve wanted one of these for so long… I would pack a summery fruit smoothie.