The Skinny on Pie Weights

These babies will keep your crusts from shrinking, puffing, and slouching.

Serious bakers know that the secret to perfect pie lies in the crust. And the secret to perfect crust? That involves pre- or blind-baking, with parchment and pie weights laid atop the bottom to ensure a flat, flaky base for filling. Of course, not all pie weights are created equal. These three are, well, worth their weight in dough.

R&M International Ceramic Pie Weights

R&M International Ceramic Pie Weights
Pure pie-crust bliss, sold by the pound.Amazon

When it comes to pie weights, there’s power in numbers. And this 1-lb. bag contains enough to properly fill up most pie pans. The ceramic beads distribute heat evenly, resulting in a more even and attractive crust, and the mesh bag makes storage a cinch.

Jaz Innovations Stainless Steel Pie Weight Chain

Jaz Innovations Stainless Steel Pie Weight Chain
The ultimate no-muss, no-fuss option.Amazon

This 10-foot-long chain eliminates the need to corral and store a bunch of individual weights. And because it’s made entirely of stainless steel, the all-in-one tool can go right in the dishwasher after its work is down.

Chicago Metallic Pie Weight

Chicago Metallic Pie Weight
Easy to use, for the right-size pies.Amazon

Also dishwasher-safe and easy-to-store, Chicago Metallic’s stainless-steel and silicone disc boasts a perforated base to encourage airflow. The only drawback: It’s less adaptable than the others. With a diameter of 8.5 inches, this one works only in 9- and 11-inch pie pans.