There are 3 pie helpers that have continuously come in handy for me when I am making a crust, whether it be for a savory or a sweet pie. The first is a pie shield – this is placed on top of the pie when the crust is browning too much before the insides are done. Recently I used it when I was making a quiche.
I have also included a “pie dam”. After you cut and remove your first piece of a fruit pie you place this gadget right next to the cut edges to prevent the juices from spilling out.
The second item is an oven saver. I need this gadget sometimes when I am making a juicy fruit pie and I know the seal on my crust is not perfect, even though I try to patch it. I will place this under the pie plate, it will collect any seepage and prevent a mishap on the bottom of my oven. This is really a good gadget as it is much easier to clean up.
The third is pie weights – these are used when you pre-bake a pie crust for a cream pie or a quiche. They prevent the crust from puffing up. These little weights are perfect gadgets to have on hand.