Mrs. Anderson's Pie Weights
Just what Grandma would have wanted
I learned the basics of cooking from my Grandma as well as Ma. By the time I was in High School I already knew about blind baking (baking the pastry base of a pie before filling it and putting the top crust on).
But Grandma used dried beans and sometimes rice.
It was important to change the rice or beans every now and then to make sure they weren't stale - and specially with beans because they start imparting strange tastes to the pastry.
She never knew about these pie weights (I call them ceramic beans and you can guess why). I know she would have loved them. I've passed on the tip to my own granddaughter (and a couple of grandsons!).
I don't understand the problems some have with removing the beans after the pie base is cooked. It's best to wait for the pie base to cool before you add the filling, after all.
I don't put the beans in anything except for storage (a glass jar). I do put baking paper down before the beans, though.
Here's an extra tip along with the usual pie crust preparation:
After you take the beans out, but before you put the filling in, just brush the inside of the cooked base with egg white and bake it for about five minutes. It keeps the base crisp and stops it getting soggy.
I love baking. I wouldn't be without these ever. My family loves my pies, too!
May 25, 2013
For you novices thinking about getting these pie weights don't be deterred my the first review. Trie putting these into a cheese cloth "bag" when using. All you have to do is grab onto the knot in the cheese cloth to remove them. No worries about getting burned or having them roll out all over with tin foil or parchment paper.
December 6, 2011
Traditional Pie Weights
The only other review seemed to have a problem with the weights, but if you follow the directions and line the pie crust with partchment or aluminum foil you have no problem removing the weights. ( you need to let them cool before you store them again. )
February 26, 2011
Good idea... BUT
This was a REALLY good idea but poorly executed. It did do what it claims to do, BUT what I didn't think about was having to take them back out. You can't dump them out, you have to take each ball out one by one, BUT FIRST you have to wait for the darn things to cool!!! >:(
I found another brand that was on a strand that is so much better!
January 26, 2011