With the myriad of food delivery-oriented services available in Kuwait, we’ve become extremely used to swiftly swiping our smartphones for our next meal, to a point where the joys of cooking are now lost on many of us. Yes, we can agree that we are all busy, and yes, ordering-in is usually always easier, but is it more fun? Do you actually know what’s going into your delivered meals? Even more important is the following question: When was the last time you cooked something really exciting for yourself or your loved ones? Enter PantryBee, the brainchild of a group of Kuwaiti entrepreneurs looking to spread the joys of cooking to every home in Kuwait.
Cofounded by Yousef Al Munayes, Hind Al-Awadi, and Fawaz Al Sultan, PantryBee’s mission, akin to the worker bee’s ethic, is to consistently fill your pantry with fresh, wholesome and delicious ingredients that are easily prepared into exciting and fun meals. The Cofounders all share a passion for food, and while the idea isn’t novel, as similar concepts do exist abroad, they believe that PantryBee will help change peoples’ perceptions about cooking in Kuwait and vastly increase the quality of meals that people have at home.
PantryBee aims to eliminate all of the negatives associated with home-cooking and encourages diners in Kuwait to embrace the process. There is no more schlepping to different supermarkets to procure all of the necessary ingredients to make a given dish, no more searching online for a recipe that’s easy and quick, and most importantly no more waste! You don’t need to worry about spoiled, unused ingredients sitting in your pantry or fridge, as every ingredient placed in a PantryBee box is perfectly portioned for 2 people, and you can easily double up or triple up for a family of 4 or 6. Their BusyBee boxes are also designed for those who want convenience, customers can get all the weeks meals at once, discounted to pop in the fridge and cook whenever they want!
The way that PantryBee works is super easy, as all you need to do is head to their awesome website, www.pantrybee.com, and pick your meals that are already developed by the expert culinary team. Here, you get to choose from new weekly recipes that showcase different cuisines and techniques. Their dishes are never boring and weekly, you will find at least one vegetarian dish, one dessert, and 2 other dishes from around the world on offer, everything from Katsu, to tacos, to cheesecake and cookies. This way, you get to try cooking something new and different every week to expand your culinary palate even further. PantryBee also throws in its own proprietary glazes and spice mixes to step up the flavor of each dish. Once you’ve chosen what you want to cook, you place your order online and your PantryBee will be delivered within 24 hours of purchase. Once you receive your box, filled to the brim with delectable ingredients, all you have to do is cook your meal by following the user-friendly recipe cards (available in English and in Arabic) they even include images to guide you through every step, right up to plating. So if you have never cooked in your life, or consider yourself somewhat of an amateur chef there will always be a PantryBee recipe that’s appropriate for you as they meals for every skill level. The best part? Your exciting and new dish is ready to go in under sixty minutes!
If you’re worried about the quality of the ingredients delivered to your doorstep, we actually paid a visit to PantryBee’s HQ, which is housed inside the main HAACP certified operating kitchens of Kuwait’s own Dan Foods company to check out how the ingredients are sourced. We put on the required hairnets, and toured the premises to observe the enchanting array of produce, sauces, and meats. The good people at PantryBee also informed us that every ingredient is custom sourced for each order, ensuring the best quality and freshness every time you order your PantryBee box.
We even took it one step further and tried two of PantryBee’s recipes. Since this bazaar writer is still alive to tell this PantryBee story, then know that her kitchen is still intact, and nobody was harmed in the cooking process of both dishes. If anything, it was quite easy! Both dishes were a huge success, and fears of overcooked rice, and under spiced chicken were dispelled as every ingredient is measured out perfectly to achieve a great balance in flavors! If you’re the type of cook who likes to experiment, PantryBee’s recipe cards always encourage you to flavor your dishes to your liking, so feel free to get creative!