8 Essential Baking Tools to Make the Perfect Pie

What you need—and don’t need—for flaky crusts and no-weep fillings


By Max Falkowitz

Published on June 23, 2017

There is no such thing as pie season—pie is meant to be baked and eaten year-round, thankyouverymuch—but there is certainly such a thing as Pie Time. This, if you were wondering, is the beginning of Pie Time, when ruby-hued strawberries, cherries, peaches, and (yes) tomatoes start hitting the markets, and we, for wont of what to do with them all, ramp up our pie production to keep up.

To make the most of Pie Time, here's what we're calling our essential pie toolkit, with what we think you truly need to make excellent pie. Stock up, then start baking your pies right now. Pie may be year-round, but Pie Time is nigh.

Rolling Pin

    Pie Weights
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      Some people prefer using dried beans as their weights, and we get it, beans are cheaper. But they also develop some funky smells in the oven after a few pies. These ceramic weights, not so much.

      Pie Dish
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        Deep Pie Dish
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          Rimmed Baking Sheet
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            Cooling Rack
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              Food Processor
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                Pastry Cutter
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