If you've an avid pie baker, chances are you already have a designated pie carrier. But for those of us who only make pies every once in awhile, it's hard to give up precious storage space in the kitchen for something we may only use a couple times a year. So, how does one safely transport a pie without a designated pie carrier? Here are five tips:
1. Use a bamboo steamer basket. This is an oldie, but a goodie. We first wrote about this tip back in 2009, and it still holds up. Bamboo steamer baskets are perfectly shaped to hold a pie or two, and you can find them pretty cheaply online or in Asian supermarkets.
2. Use a pizza box. Another cheap pie transport solution? Pizza boxes! As we wrote here, pizza boxes are usually two inches tall, which makes them great for pies. Don't worry — you don't have to use greasy used boxes from last Friday's takeout. You can get pizza boxes at most restaurant supply stores, or just ask your local pizza place if they'd give you a box or two! Chances are they would!
3. Use a dinner plate as a cover. If you're just transporting a single pie, take a dinner plate, turn it over, place it on top of the pie, and then wrap the whole thing in aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
4. Use a stock pot. Have a few pies to transport? Try this ingenious tip from Kitchn reader tessler65, as she commented in this post. She took the largest stockpot she had, and layered dinner plates and pies up to to the top! Here's how she describes it:
I had four or five pies to transport to my nephew's house one Thanksgiving. I got out my largest stockpot (truly a monstrous thing), my dinner plates and some masking tape.
I used the masking tape to make 1" - 2" tabs on opposite sides of the dinner plates. The first dinner plate went into the stockpot on the bottom, right-side-up. A pie was stacked on top of the plate, then the next dinner plate went into the stockpot upside-down (to keep from crushing the pie). The next pie sat on the upside-down plate. I continued alternating upside-down plates and pies until the stockpot was full.
When I arrived at my nephew's house, I simply used the tape tabs on each plate to lift out the pie and plate it was resting on simultaneously. Every pie made it to Thanksgiving and not a single crumb was broken off the crusts in the process.
5. Use rubbery shelf liners in the bottom of a cardboard box. You could buy a pastry box for the occasion, or just find a regular cardboard box and line it with sticky shelf/drawer liner paper, like this version from Duck. It'll keep your pie dish from slipping and sliding, so everything arrives in one piece.
How do you transport pies?
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