Pie Making - step by step ...

From time to time we get requests to see how our pies are made. Various schools have come to our factory to see the operation, for those who not able to see us in Kerikeri here is the 'life of a pie' in pictures. As you will see the whole process is very much hands on, each and every pie getting a lot of love, care and attention before its shipped out to you, our customers. Because of this attention to quality, we can honstly say:


Ask people what a pie is and you will probably get an answer along the lines of a pastry base, with a filling, and a top baked in the oven. Well for team at Keripies that is not the case. Follow our story of 'How a Pie is made' below to see the love we bake into every single pie before it leaves our factory

How our Pies are made

The Pastry

Make the best quality flaky pastry with plenty of the best ingredients, top grade flour, margarine. Mix with care and leave to rest to ensure that it really is as good as can be..

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How our Pies are made

Prepare the pastry - rolling it out to a uniform thickness

To make the perfect pie crust the thickness must be exact, to do this we use a pastry sheeter so we can control the thickness along the complete batch of pie crust, thus ensuring that each pie has the same texture.

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How our Pies are made

Place the pasty in the pie tins

The perfectly prepared pastry is laid across the pie tins and adjusted to ensure the fit is perfect.

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How our Pies are made

Ensuring the shape

In order to form a perfect pie shape the chef uses 'rounds' of pastry to tap down on the laid out pastry, thus forming a perfect fit of the pastry into the pie tin.

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How our Pies are made

Finishing of the Pie bases

As can be seen now all the pies bases are perfectly laid out and shaped.

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How our Pies are made

Fillings

Once you have the perfect pie base you need the perfect filling. All our fillings are cooked to perfection, perfectly seasoned and tasted before being placed in the pie bases.

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How our Pies are made

Quality Produce

All our meat fillings are prepared from quality New Zealand prime cuts of meat, prepared, seasoned and cooked on our premises.

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How our Pies are made

Filling the Pie

Care is taken to fill the pie bases with the filling for the current batch of pies. Each pie base gets the same care and attention to ensure the same amout of filling is placed in each pie.

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How our Pies are made

Fillings completed

Once we have filled all the pie bases, we need to place the tops on the pies.

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How our Pies are made

Top off the pies

Another perfectly rolled pastry length is placed to top of the filled pie bases, and a chef uses a hand rolling pin, rolling over the tops. This has the effect of using the metal pie base as a cutter to form the shape of the pie top. This operation also ensure that the top is perfectly placed on the pie.

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How our Pies are made

Completed un-baked pie

The 'raw' pie is now complete. As a final touch the chef marks the pie top to indicate contents and the pies are placed to one side ready for baking.

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How our Pies are made

Complete Pies ready for baking

Dependent on the pie type and it's filling the pies are baked off in order through the ovens for the corrent time and temperature.

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How our Pies are made

The ovens

We use a bank of ovens to bake our pies - each oven is set to exacting standards to bake the perfect pie.

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How our Pies are made

The finished ple

The baked pies are removed from the ovens and left to cool before being bagged in their own distinctive Keripie packaging.

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How our Pies are made

Bagged & Tagged

The completed pies are now feed into our computer controlled flow wrap machine. This complex piece of machinery (the only part of the process in our pie making that is automated) prints the pie type onto the blank wrapping, wraps it around the pie, and finally seals the bag.

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How our Pies are made

Packaged pie

The wrapped pies are now batched into crates ready for shipment.

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How our Pies are made

Retail orders

From our stock pile of freshly made pies, an operator picks out the requirements of each retailers order. All our pies are prepared and baked on a day to day basis, so you can be assured that each and every Keripie shipped out is as perfect and as fresh as it possbly can be.

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How our Pies are made

Boxed ready for shipment

The 'picked' order is boxed up and addressed, and invoices enclosed.

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How our Pies are made

Delivery

And finally the perfectly baked pie is delivered to your local retail store in our own chiller truck, ready for you, the customer to buy and enjoy

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Where our customers enjoyed their pies

For you to enjoy

We asked our customers where they enjoyed their Keripie
Here are some of the pictures that were sent in ......

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Any feedback about our products and service is very much appreciated, so have a look around and please contact us if there is anything you wish to know, suggest, would like to order to order, or just leave us a comment to let us know your thoughts or suggestions.

The 'Team at Keripies'

Contact us

KER!P!ES
PO Box 43
Waipapa 0246

219 Waipapa Rd
Kerikeri 0295

Ph 09 407 8339
Fx 09 407 8994

info@keripies.co.nz