Meat pie business is very lucrative however startup depends on the business plan. It is possible to start a home-based business or small scale enterprise with low startup. There are medium to large sized establishments in the pie industry.
The industry is under fast food structures, small hold shops or food delivery service. A meat pie business generally makes the pies the primary attraction while other snacks are supplementary.
Common snacks in fast food outlets
Common snacks are meat pies, fish pies, sausage rolls, burgers, Scotch egg. Others are pizza, kebab, buns, cakes, sandwiches, salads. Some outlets include local/continental dishes, different soft drinks, fruit juice, malt drinks and yogurt.
- Meat pies
- Fish pies
- Sausage rolls
- Scotch egg
- Soft drinks
- Fruit juice
- Malt drinks
- Table water
Meat Pie Ingredient
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Why start a meat pie business
Meat pie business is very dynamic based on the investor’s startup capital. It is practicable from home or dedicated food outlet. Meat pie making requires basic culinary skill and the product is in high demand.
- Depends on investor’s startup capital
- Practicable from home or dedicated outlet
- Requires basic culinary skill
- Basic equipment
- Medium labor
- High demand
How to make meat pie
Meat pie come in different shapes colors and ingredients depending on the chef’s recipe. Nigerian meat pies are delicious yummy and easy to make. Common ingredients in the pie are carrot, minced meat, and potatoes.
It is important to develop a recipe to compete favorably in the saturated market. A well-made pie has good glossy color, hardly produces crumbs, holds together nicely and is tasty.
Stages of meat pie production
- Gather together the ingredients
- Prepare the filling
- Prepare the dough
- Cut the dough
- Fill the dough
- Close the dough
- Gloss the dough
- Place in preheated oven
Recipe to prepare meat pie
To make the snack use 1.5kg flour, 3 teaspoon baking powder 750g butter, pinches of salt and 1 cup/250ml 8.4oz of cold water. Type of fillings depends on the recipe like curry, garlic pepper, stock cube, thyme
Meat pie ingredients
To make Nigerian meat pie use 6 Irish potatoes, 6 medium carrots3 Knorr cubes, and 6 tablespoon plain floor. Others are 6 spoons vegetable oil,1.5kg minced meat, 2 large onions, salt and 3 cups /750/24 oz. cold water. The ornamental ingredient used as a gloss is 2 eggs.
How to prepare filling
To prepare the filling wash thoroughly then grind/mince the meat. Next chop the onions. Next wash the potatoes then peel and chop into cubes alongside scrapped carrots or peppers.
Add chopped garlic/onion in hot oil then add thyme curry, stock cube a little water. Cover the mix and allow boil for 10 minutes next add the sliced potatoes, carrots and salt to taste.
Allow boil till vegetables cook then dissolve 4- 6 table spoons of flour in a cup of cold water mix then add to filling in the pot. Stir appropriately to blend properly and turn off the fire and leave to get cold.
How to prepare dough
Sieve flour into big bowl add baking powder, pinch of salt then mix. Next add margarine and mix thoroughly while gradually adding water to get a rough consistency. Knead the dough and leave to rest for 20 minutes or refrigerate and preheat the oven to 170 degrees centigrade.
Next use a rolling pin to roll the dough on a flat surface to medium-thin thickness and cut a round shape with dough cutter. Next put 1 teaspoon of filling in middle of cut dough then rub whisked egg on edge with pastry brush then close the dough to form a half moon.
Rub the egg on the closed body to form a glossy exterior. Get out the baking tray and rub margarine on the tray then place the dough and bake the meat pie for 40 – 45 minutes.
Steps to start a meat pie business
Steps to start a meat pie business include writing a business plan then carry out a feasibility study. Next incorporate then choose a business name including tax identification number.
Others are site selection, furniture, equipment, labor, utilities, marketing. It is important to have business knowledge, baking skills to develop a good recipe.
Legal requirements for meat pie business include business name, incorporation. Others are food/health and safety provisions, commercial kitchen inspection, and operational license and tax identification number
Locate the meat pie business is a heavily trafficked area. This will guarantee human traffic to the establishment. There are zoning considerations, utilities, adequate parking. The primary goal is good visibility easy to reach outlet for better patronage.
Equipment needed are oven, mixers, blenders’ tray, bowls or roller. Knifes. Others are oven trays, cooker, and microwave. Others are display glass, cash register, branded nylons, napkin, and tissue paper. More are refrigerator, freezer, pots, pans, chairs, tables, interior décor.
- Dough cutter
- Oven trays
- Display glass
- Cash register
- Branded nylons
- Tissue paper
- Tables and interior décor
Cost and profit
A home-based establishment can start with as little as $100. The profit margin depends on the type of ingredients, market, labor, utilities and price of the product. It is possible to make 50% profit on investment.
Market base is generally the immediate environment. Other outlets are restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, schools, offices, shops. More are online delivery service, bulk orders for parties and celebrations.