Mantry Subscription Box Review – December 2015
Mantry is a subscription box that describes itself as “the modern man’s pantry.”
Each month they ship gourmet food items in their signature wooden crate.
Mantry sent me this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Mantry
The Cost: $75
The Products: Artisan foods for the modern man’s pantry.
Ships to: US only.
This month’s theme is “Little Italy.” (From the front of the pamphlet, I thought the theme might relate to food delivery. I guess the emojis make me think of ordering food online!)
Each box comes with a fold out card detailing the producers behind the food included and where in the country they’re based.
This box also includes a note from Mantry’s curator.
Bourbon Barrel Smoked Pepper Steak Cuts- $9?
Dried meats are regularly included in Mantry boxes. (Jerky is featured nearly every month.) This month’s meaty pick is air-dried steak cuts flavored with bourbon barrel smoked pepper. I can’t find it for sale online, so I’ve estimated the retail value.
A&B Hot Pepper Sauce– $12
For some reason, I don’t use a lot of hot sauce at home. I really like it, but it’s something that I never really think to use unless it’s sitting in front of me. I like that A&B has a full list of recipes on their site. The recipe for Blue Cheese Sweet Potatoes, in particular, looks fantastic.
Mantry is really great at utilizing snack foods and condiments in tasty recipes. For these crispy chickpeas, they recommend tossing them into a salad. I think that’s a great (and surprising) way to incorporate them into a meal.
I love receiving olive oil in subscription boxes! It’s something I use every single day and something that I always seem to need more of. I especially love trying new flavored olive oils, so this item is a major win for me. Mantry recommends using it to make Roasted Garlic and Mushroom Pappardelle. Don’t mind if I do!
Pasta is another item I’m always glad to see in a subscription box. I eat pasta regularly, but it’s something I’m always hesitant to splurge on. It feels like such a treat to receive a gourmet brand like this, and I’m curious to see if the hard amber durum wheat adds an interesting depth of flavor.
This is a big bag of seasoning! It’s a mix of sea salt, garlic, black pepper, coriander, crushed red pepper, dill, and caraway and can be used to season steak, chicken, fish, and eggs.
About once every quarter, Mantry adds a special item for everyone who’s been subscribing for longer than six months, and this box includes a pair of tech gloves! I think this is a great special addition for winter, and the gloves are stretchy enough that they fit both my husband and me very well.
Here’s a snap of me wearing them. (Please forgive my attempt at hand modeling!)
Verdict: Mantry does a great job curating products around a theme. Their presentation is excellent, and I love their signature wooden crates. I enjoyed this month’s box a lot, and I really like the special bonus item for longterm subscribers. In terms of value (not counting the gloves), the items in this month’s box likely total around $50, which is on the low side of what I expect from Mantry. I can’t recommend this subscription for anyone looking for a box where the retail value of the items included meets or exceeds the cost of the box, but I do think their curation is exceptional.
What do you think of this month’s Mantry? Have you tried any of the items featured in this crate?