•   
  •   
  •   

Food Pie Weights: What They Are and How To Use Them

18:27  06 august  2021
18:27  06 august  2021 Source:   southernliving.com

How to use ankle weights in your workout routine

  How to use ankle weights in your workout routine Personal trainers recommend their favorite heavy ankle weights, adjustable ankle weights and lighter ankle weights for every workout.Though vaccine rollout efforts are underway and more than 115 million Americans are already fully vaccinated, many people plan to continue working out at home even as it becomes safe to return to the gym. After more than a year of exercising at home, a lot of individuals have already invested in treadmills, stationary bikes and dumbbells, but if you are making your temporary set-up more permanent, you might be looking to invest in some smaller workout essentials to elevate your at-home experience.

It's pie season, y'all. And by that we mean: It's always pie season. We can't think of a time of year when a perfectly-baked pie doesn't hit the spot. In the summer, we use up all those fresh berries and stone fruits in juicy, lattice-topped wonders. In the fall, apple and pumpkin continue to steal our hearts year after year. There are the vintage pies, the regional recipes, and the seasonal stunners. All this to say: It's always a good time for pie.

Ralph Anderson © Provided by Southern Living Ralph Anderson

Mastering the art of pie, however, is tricky business. Pie is a notoriously finicky dessert, composed of multiple elements—from crispy crusts to creamy fillings and a slew of toppings—that each require different bake times, temperatures, and techniques. If you've been hesitant to dive head-first into the world of pie-baking, consider today your starting point. We're here to break down everything you need to know about one of the foundational tools in baking pie: pie weights.

Take a Look Back at All the Best Photos From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding

  Take a Look Back at All the Best Photos From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding It was a day to remember!

First thing's first: What is blind baking?

Blind baking is the step of par-baking a pie crust or tart shell before adding the filling. This preliminary bake helps to keep the bottom of the pie crust crisp and sturdy, preventing the filling from leaking down. It's crucial when making fruit pies in the summer or pecan pies in the fall: Poured over raw pie dough, these particularly juicy fillings can compromise the integrity of your pie, leaving you with the dreaded soggy bottom. Your recipe might also call for a blind-baked crust if the filling is not cooked. Get the full lowdown on blind baking a pie crust here.

No soggy bottoms here. © Ralph Anderson No soggy bottoms here.

What are pie weights?

Pie weights are small ceramic or metal balls specifically designed to weigh down your pie crust during the step of blind baking. This keeps the pastry that will form the bottom of your pie flat and level, resulting in smooth, even layers of crust and filling. Simply cut a piece of parchment paper to fit inside the pie crust and fill the parchment paper with pie weights.

Get the most out of your workouts with these ankle and wrist weights

  Get the most out of your workouts with these ankle and wrist weights Let's get physical!

Here's the lowdown: Pie dough—a flaky, buttery pastry—has the natural propensity to puff and bubble in the oven. Weighing it down with pie weights helps the shell keep its shape and prevents any air pockets from forming. You can order pie weights on Amazon for just $12.99; this tool will seriously upgrade your pie-baking game.

When should I use pie weights?

If your recipe calls for a blind-baked pie crust, you'll almost always want to use pie weights to weigh the crust down and prevent it from puffing up. Now, there are a few exceptions to the rule; not all recipes that call for blind baking will require the use of pie weights. Since pie weights are designed primarily to weigh down flaky pastry, pies with any type of crushed cracker crust—from graham cracker to Oreo—likely won't call for the use of pie weights. This is because these types of crusts, like the saltine crust in Bill Smith's famed Atlantic Beach Pie, will stay compact as-is.

10 Light, No-Bake Pies We're Making All Summer Long

  10 Light, No-Bake Pies We're Making All Summer Long These easy, no-bake pies are a refreshing way to end a summer meal. Find lightened-up favorites that won't weigh you down. The post 10 Light, No-Bake Pies Perfect for Summer appeared first on Taste of Home.

And not all pies call for a blind-baked crust: Some pies, like our summery Watermelon Pie will simply require a press-in crust. In other pies without extra-juicy fillings, you can bake the components all together.

a container with food in it: Micah A. Leal © Provided by Southern Living Micah A. Leal

Pie weight substitutes

If you're not ready to invest in pie weights, not to worry. Plenty of common household materials will do the trick; many home bakers will use dried beans as pie weights. Some substitutes for pie weights are dried beans, rice, or popcorn kernels.

a plate of food on a table: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Torie Cox © Provided by Southern Living Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Now for the fun part: What type of pie are you baking? This Peach Custard Pie is one of our seasonal favorites. In the fall, we can't resist a classic Pumpkin Pie; our Southern Buttermilk Pie is a hit year-round.

What It Really Costs to Eat at the World's Top 10 Restaurants .
How does one night at a legendary restaurant stack up to a month of groceries?

usr: 1
This is interesting!