A Smart Reader Tip for Better Baking in Flimsy Aluminum Pie Pans

updated May 2, 2019
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Disposable aluminum pie pans are flimsy and don’t bake crusts as evenly as glass or ceramic pie plates, but they sure are convenient for giving pies away to lucky friends and family. One of our readers shared an ingenious tip for a simple way to hack an aluminum pie plate so it is sturdier and bakes better crusts.

Reader Sarahj shared this smart method: she places the aluminum pie pan inside a Pyrex pie plate before baking. The thick glass bakes the pie more evenly, resulting in a better crust, and the stronger material also makes it easier to transfer piping-hot pies in and out of the oven. 

After cooling, she lifts the disposable pie pan out and gives the pie to a friend without worry.

I imagine this would work just as well with a ceramic or heavy-duty metal pie plate as well. What a smart, simple tip!

Do you have any tips or tricks for baking pies you plan on giving away?

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