About Blue Pear Pantry

Why Blue Pear Pantry?

The blue pear ceramic ornament was something we were in search of for many years to complete our kitchen renovation. At the time of renovation, there was no intention of becoming a registered kitchen in the years to come. Many holiday hours were spent in search of a blue pear in variety and homewares stores, just for something to do.

We discovered many different colours but not in blue.
One day out of the ‘blue’, a package arrived at our home from a friend. This friend had found our very first blue pear and posted it to us.
We have since added a few blue pears to our collection including a wall clock and when thinking of a business name we realised that Blue Pears were very rare and unique. It just seemed to fit.

Blue Pear Pantry endeavours to bring you great tasting savoury roll varieties with premium ingredients for the perfect flavour combination.

We pride ourselves on supporting other local business. From graphic design and stationery to suppliers and producers, we choose to use local business.

We strive to use grass fed and free range meats in our rolls. Together with our homemade Thai curry paste, each roll is individually hand-made in our kitchen. So, when you purchase a Blue Pear Pantry meal you are supporting the immediate community and produce growers. We are a home business but we could not do what we do if it weren’t for our fabulous suppliers. As the saying goes -‘It takes a village’.

In 2017 we were awarded a silver medal at the Australian Food Awards for our Gourmet Sausage Rolls. Shortly after we were awarded our second silver medal, this time from The Great Aussie Pie Competition. Two outstanding achievements in which we are thrilled to have achieved from our kitchen.

In 2018 we are humbled by being awarded another 6 awards and proudly boasting the entire savoury roll range was ‘award winning’ along with Coeliac Australia endorsing our gluten free varieties.

We have something for every member of your family to enjoy. Our amazing snacks can be turned into a delicious meal by adding a side of salad, steamed veggies or hot chips. Quick, easy and no fuss.

Heat a thermos and place the hot rolls inside for a hot lunch at school or work.

Have some in the freezer for the unexpected ‘running late night’.

Eating as a family is a favourite past time and should be enjoyed by every family member.

Blue Pear Pantry include Gluten Free and Vegan options and are available at selected retailers and online ordering.

Packaging

Our containers are made from 100% recycled materials.

They are heat sealed to lock in the freshness and can be used in the microwave or OVEN to reheat (up to 120 degrees) and all of our packaging is recyclable.

Rolls are frozen fresh to maintain a high level of nutrients without additives, preservatives or gasses.

Awards

“Local producer wins prestigious medal” – Diamond Valley Leader

Local producer Blue Pear Pantry is celebrating after winning a Silver Medal at the 2017 Australian Food Awards (AFA) for their Gourmet Sausage Rolls.

This is the first time the home business has entered the prestigious competition, and are astonished with the result.  “We are overjoyed are thrilled to be a silver medallist, as it really confirms that all the hard work is paying off and our products really are of a high standard,” said Deb Graham.

The AFA, conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) offers Australian producers broad opportunities to leverage their success locally and internationally with AFA’s national brand seal of quality.

Entrants have the opportunity to benchmark against set criteria; receive invaluable independent feedback from industry experts; and be rewarded for excellence.

You may have heard about the Great Aussie Pie Competition. Bakers and Pie Makers from all over Australia converge alternately in Sydney & Melbourne each September to compete for the most sought after award in their industry, The Official Great Aussie Pie Competition.

For the last couple of years the Great Aussie Sausage Roll Competition has been running with some amazing entrants. The competition is judged over a four day period by an elite team of 16 judges from the baking industry.

As a newcomer to this competition, Blue Pear Pantry’s Gourmet Sausage Rolls were entered and awarded a Silver. An excellent result for the home cook from North Warrandyte.

A FORMER construction manager who had never cooked a pastry three years ago is now whipping up one of the most scrumptious sausage rolls in the country.

North Warrandyte’s Deb Graham started her home-cooking business Blue Pear Pantry after having children and struggling to get back into the workforce.

She found her sausage rolls, the cheekiest treat on her menu, were becoming a massive hit with customers.

And critics agreed earlier this month, awarding her a silver medal in the Great Australian Sausage Roll competition in Sydney.

It followed on from another silver medal in the sausage roll or pastry category at the Australian Food Awards earlier this year.

Awards

“Local producer wins prestigious medal” – Diamond Valley Leader

Local producer Blue Pear Pantry is celebrating after winning a Silver Medal at the 2017 Australian Food Awards (AFA) for their Gourmet Sausage Rolls.

This is the first time the home business has entered the prestigious competition, and are astonished with the result.  “We are overjoyed are thrilled to be a silver medallist, as it really confirms that all the hard work is paying off and our products really are of a high standard,” said Deb Graham.

The AFA, conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) offers Australian producers broad opportunities to leverage their success locally and internationally with AFA’s national brand seal of quality.

Entrants have the opportunity to benchmark against set criteria; receive invaluable independent feedback from industry experts; and be rewarded for excellence.

You may have heard about the Great Aussie Pie Competition. Bakers and Pie Makers from all over Australia converge alternately in Sydney & Melbourne each September to compete for the most sought after award in their industry, The Official Great Aussie Pie Competition.

For the last couple of years the Great Aussie Sausage Roll Competition has been running with some amazing entrants. The competition is judged over a four day period by an elite team of 16 judges from the baking industry.

As a newcomer to this competition, Blue Pear Pantry’s Gourmet Sausage Rolls were entered and awarded a Silver. An excellent result for the home cook from North Warrandyte.

A FORMER construction manager who had never cooked a pastry three years ago is now whipping up one of the most scrumptious sausage rolls in the country.

North Warrandyte’s Deb Graham started her home-cooking business Blue Pear Pantry after having children and struggling to get back into the workforce.

She found her sausage rolls, the cheekiest treat on her menu, were becoming a massive hit with customers.

And critics agreed earlier this month, awarding her a silver medal in the Great Australian Sausage Roll competition in Sydney.

It followed on from another silver medal in the sausage roll or pastry category at the Australian Food Awards earlier this year.

“I’m still waiting for someone to ring me up and tell me it’s a mistake,” Ms Graham said.

‘It’s awesome, I never thought I would get a national award for cooking, three years ago I’d never made a sausage roll in my life.”

Ms Graham credited her success to the locally-sourced ingredients in her sausage rolls, which include grass-fed beef from butchers in Research, and fresh prodcue from Quinton’s IGA in Warrandyte.

She said the reactions from customers sampling her dishes were one of the most rewarding parts of running her business.

“It’s great to have people enjoying my food and realising it’s not your average sausage roll.”

Kiel Egging, Diamond Valley Leader

September 29, 2017

Australia’s Best Pie Competition: Research’s Blue Pear Pantry wins bronze

A humble home kitchen nestled among Research’s towering gum trees could be home to Melbourne’s best beef pie.

Deb Graham, who operates Blue Pear Pantry, recently won a bronze medal for her home-cooked chunky beef pie at the Australia’s Best Pie Competition.

Her creation was judged one of the best out of 345 other pies across the country.

And the accolade is her ninth in two years, despite the mother-of-two never having any formal training in cookery.

Ms Graham said she was “amazed” her cooking was being acknowledged by national industry experts.

“I only started making pies less than a year ago, so it’s very satisfying to see my hard work paying off so quickly,” she said.

Ms Graham sources her meat from a Research butcher.

She then braises the beef and slow cooks it for up to four or six hours, depending on the batch size.

There is carrot, gravy and a combination of herbs and spices, in addition to the beef, inside her award-winning pie.

“It’s nothing special, it’s just made with love,” she said.

“I used to only make sausage rolls and everyone loved them and would always ask me at markets if I sold pies — then last October I received a pie-maker as a gift and started experimenting with that.

“Now I can gladly say it’s been a success.”

Ms Graham worked at McDonalds in Geelong for 13 years, five in management, before establishing her own brand.

She then moved to Melbourne where she worked in project management, before having children, and was later faced with the decision about what to do for work.

“I kept applying for jobs, but was unsuccessful, so I had to sit down and think,” Ms Graham said.

“I know I had a background in food, project management and admin, so I thought why not take the plunge and open up my own home kitchen.”

Blue Pear Pantry was established in 2015 — but she said running a home kitchen came with plenty of challenges.

“You can never compete with mass-produced products and this is what so many cafes and eateries sell,” Ms Graham said.

“But the look I see on people’s faces when they’re enjoying my food is the reason I get out of bed every morning and I won’t be stopping any time soon.”

anthony.piovesan@news.com.au

July 2019