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Written for Just Baking on the Well Fed Network

One of my favorite amateur food photographers and Recipezaar Chefs, Marg, turned me on to the most wonderful little "gadget" the other day. Marg is always posting photos on Recipezaar of gorgeous pies that she has made. The crusts always look flaky, delicious and professional. I finally sent her an e-mail to see if she would share her secret. Much to my thankfulness, she did. So...what was Marg's secret to making delicious looking pie crusts? She always uses a product called a Pie Crust Bag to roll out her pie crust dough in. I had never heard of a pie crust bag, so Google came to the rescue. Come to find out, there is a wonderful tool out there that pie crust makers around the world should be rejoicing about. This is a simple round plastic bag with a zipper. To use it, you very lightly flour the interior of the bag, place your pie crust dough into the bag, zip it up and begin rolling. The bags come in several different sizes. If you are rolling a 9" pie, use the 9" bag and roll your dough out to the edges. Need a larger pie crust? There is a bag a size larger just for you! After you are done with the rolling process, you unzip the bag, lift the dough off the bag and place it into the pie pan. No messy flour board to clean up. No sticky dough to contend with. No guessing on if your circle is big enough. This wonderful tool has redeemed the pie crust making process for me. Just when I was getting tired of always having my dough stick to the board and cleaning up the big mess after making a pie crust, I find this gadget that has given me faith into pie crust baking again. Since there is a significantly less amount of flour when you use the pie crust bag, your pie crust will have the perfect moist, flaky texture that you have been striving for all along.

Pie Crust Bags can be found in many stores and online at several websites, including King Arthur Flour. At roughly $6.00, it is a gadget well worth the minimal investment. 

Posted on Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 11:33PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments27 Comments

Reader Comments (27)

What a brilliant idea! My pastry is always sticking to my worksurface! I must get one of these. Thanks for sharing!
April 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterFreya
I'm always learning new things from my favorite foodies!
April 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Scarpin
Brilliant Idea! Sometimes I am amazed at what people create that I would never dream up.
April 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCountryGirl
I love me my gadgets! Thanks for the head's up. :D
April 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
What a great idea. May have to get one of those.
April 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
I never really make pies but this sounds really neat anyway! I do love a beautiful pie! :)
April 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Beth
I have always rolled out my pie crusts in-between two sheets of parchment paper, but I like this idea better because you would know when the pastry is the right size! I am ordering one of these right away. Thanks for the secret!!
April 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Harroun
For once, this is a bag that I really need!! I usually roll out my pie crust between two plastic bags, wich actually works for me...until now. This is so much convevient and so Stylish.
April 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRose
Awesome idea. I just recently bought my first pie dish and was a little terrified of making a crust. I can't wait to get this handy dandy (and easily stored) tool!
April 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJenifer
That sounds incredible but logical. I will check it out!
How neat that she wrote back to you!
What a clever idea! I've kind of gotten the hang of rolling out pie crust but sometimes getting it round can be frustrating!
April 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterClaire
I don't make pie crusts from scratch because they're messy and *never* round... round-ish, but not round. What a cool idea - thanks for the tip. I think I'm getting an Easter present this week now :)
April 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterShawnda
I've been in a quest for perfect pie crust, i think this definitely is something I'm going to look into. Thanks, Kristen!
April 2, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterveron
That is a great idea! My sister in law makes this one pie crust to die for. It's the best pie crust I have ever had, but she said it's such a pain to roll out- I have to tell her of the bags to eliminate the mess!
April 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
Oh my goodness...what a wonderful gadget this is for sure! I can definitely see how this would be a great time saving thing. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Hope you don't mind if I add you to my blog. My readers would love to come visit :)
April 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGlamour Mom
I think I pressed a wrong button, my comment didn't show up yesterday.
Kris, great gadget! and a good price too. Now I've been using clingwrap.
April 3, 2007 | Unregistered Commentergattina
Thank you a zillion times! I'm going to order that. I always dread rolling out pie crust because it sticks to my counter and the size is always very imperfect. This is a marvelous idea! :):)
April 3, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersher
WOW, this is such a perfect idea! I wonder if it is in stores too? That is something I definately need....especially because when the rolling gets tough, I just press the dough into the pie pan. :P
April 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnuhea
Oh dear! You know what I am like with gadgets. What a great idea. Will have to see if we get those here in the UK.
April 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret
Interesting about the pie bag. I rarely make pies because I have NO counter space for rolling out the dough.
April 3, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterpeabody

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