Sent by BeaEditor: Well, this is a good question, what with pie season in full swing! Beans are perhaps the most common pie weight used in blind-baking pie crusts. (See Fine Cooking's instructions for this here.) So, are those beans good for anything after they've weighed down your pie crust?
Here's an answer from CHOW and Rose Levy Berenbaum:
There's a smart idea in there too for something that works just as well and that can be cooked much better than beans.
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