You're 7 Gadgets Away From a More Perfect Pie
As home cooks, we rely on our instincts, our knowledge, and our curiosities — but we also have to rely on our tools. Which is why we’re asking the experts about the essential tools we need to make our favorite foods attainable in our own kitchens.
Today: Our test kitchen manager and resident pie wrangler Erin McDowell explains that when it comes to pie tools, it’s about quality, not quantity.
The thing about pie is that it’s super simple to make, which means that there aren’t many tools required to pull off the perfect slice. The few tools you do need, however, make all the difference in the world.
Here are the essentials:
1. Mixing bowls
I like to use a medium mixing bowl with decent depth so that I don’t splash flour out of the sides as I mix. Glass bowls are great because they’re easy to clean and they’ll stay cool while you mix. If you have a set of nesting mixing bowls and you like mixing your dough by hand, like I do, you can place a medium bowl inside of a larger one filled with ice to keep the ingredients chilled as you mix.
More: Bye bye, pie phobia! With Erin’s help, you can make the perfect crust for every filling.
2. A canning jar
Since the level of hydration in pie doughs varies based on all kinds of factors (room temperature, type of flour, temperature of ingredients), most recipes call for an estimate of the amount of cold water that will be necessary. I like to put a lot of ice and a little bit of water into a wide mouth canning jar. I then use a tablespoon to scoop the icy water onto my dough. While this is neither required nor conventional, it will save you from running back and forth to the sink. Smaller jars also come in handy for storing any extra pie filling.