Tip: Use a Bamboo Steamer Basket as a Pie Carrier

Martha Stewart

We just saw this simple yet brilliant tip over at Martha Stewart: Transport your holiday pies from your oven to Grandma's house inside a bamboo steamer basket.

These round, tall bamboo boxes are the perfect shape and size to carry a pie — maybe even two or three pies, depending on the height of your pie and the size of the steamer basket.

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Steamer baskets are true multi-functional workhorses of the kitchen; they're traditionally used for making steamed dumplings and pork buns, but they are also great for steaming vegetables, fish, and meat. They make great lunchboxes too.

• Find it: Norpro Deluxe 3-Piece Bamboo Steamer Set, $17.99 at Amazon.

You can also find these easily at Asian grocery stores and supermarkets — probably for even less than the Amazon set listed above.

Do you use steamer baskets? What do you use them for? And how do you carry your pies from one place to another? Do you have another trick for getting them there in one piece?

More pie carriers:
On the Move: Three Good Pie Carriers
Dessert on the Go: Vintage Cake Carriers
Outdoor Dining: A Pie Carrier

(Image: Martha Stewart)