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 4-6 members. 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, start your experience by visiting 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.
We absolutely love PantryBee’s social media presence, as their Instagram account is full of awesome videos and tips perfect to help you during meal prep when you’re following your recipe cards.
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 cook, there will always be a PantryBee recipe that’s appropriate for you as they offer 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.
This year, PantryBee has upped their game by launching the PantryBee online shop to make cooking even easier. Every kitchen needs its basics, so the team have curated a selection of kitchen utensils and pantry items that they believe every home should have, all with good value and staying power, so now if you are missing any utensil for a recipe you can click and purchase online at pantrybee.com.
PantryBee is also collaborating with local chefs to create specialty BigBee boxes that includes four servings instead of the usual offering of two servings. They teamed up with the awesome Mimi of the Secret Garden and Shakshooka to launch a Korean BBQ box that brings the magical flavors of Korea to your home, and even had a cooking class launch event at Raw Sushi. We can’t wait for more PantryBee surprises to come!