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Nancy's Frozen Pie Crust

sonomajom Nov 12, 2006 08:28 PM

I used to buy this brand - all butter crust - and can't find it recently. Used to find it ocasionally in Safeway, usually in Tower Mkt and sometimes other high end groceries. Anyone have any leads on where to find it. I'm in North Bay or Santa Rosa/Sonoma would be best but I'll go to somewhere in the city if I can stock up on it. Pls don't tell me it's easy to make my own. I know it is and do sometimes but this has been a real boon at times. If you have a substitute all butter brand pls let me know. i found one french one but it's $14 for two in my local market. Nancy's were about $3 for one

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    Danielt3 RE: sonomajom Nov 20, 2006 04:44 PM

    I checked with the manager of my local Mollie Stone market this morning. For some reason his supplier has been unable to get Nancy's Frozen Pie Crusts and he doesn't know why.

    1. ChowFun_derek RE: sonomajom Nov 20, 2006 04:51 PM

      Cooks Illustrated feels the all butter crust under the Whole Foods label is acceptable....

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        Glencora RE: ChowFun_derek Nov 20, 2006 07:12 PM

        Have you tried the Whole Foods crust? Is it in all of their locations?

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          ChowFun_derek RE: Glencora Nov 20, 2006 08:11 PM

          I haaven't...but Cooks Illus. says it will do out of necessity...

      2. Atomica RE: sonomajom Nov 20, 2006 05:32 PM

        Here's a link to the company that makes (or used to??) those pie crusts. Maybe you could write them a note and ask whether they are still selling that product and where you might get it.

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          Robert Lauriston RE: Atomica Nov 20, 2006 05:45 PM

          The only pie crust on Nancy's Web site is not all-butter, it also contains canola oil and partially-hydrogenated soybean oil.


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            Atomica RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 20, 2006 06:22 PM

            It says "Made With Real Butter" on the package, which I think is sneaky (bordering on dishonest) and just points out the importance of reading the ingredients.

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          Laura2 RE: sonomajom Nov 20, 2006 10:19 PM

          Anyone tried the Trader Joe's pie crusts? Are they any good? I notice them in the refrigerator section but haven't tried them and haven't read the ingredients either.

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            mchan02 RE: Laura2 Dec 4, 2006 11:04 PM

            I've tried them, but I prefer the Pillsbury ones.

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              MobyRichard RE: Laura2 Dec 21, 2006 01:13 AM

              I made a chicken potpie using the TJ's crusts and it was a thing of beauty.

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              sonomajom RE: sonomajom Dec 4, 2006 07:18 PM

              Thanks for the nancy url - consumer beware I hadn't realized there were partyly hydrogenated oils in this. I'll ask Whole Foods about theirs. I didn't see one in my local whole foods apart from a french puff pastry at about $20 for two !
              I tried another whole foods one which was so so. I've tried Traders Joes also. It's ok, whole food one is better but neither have that sinful butter flavor of Nancy's . Have to saw i'm a little less enamored of it knowing it's not real all butter

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                DairyQueen RE: sonomajom Dec 5, 2006 12:31 AM

                I recently bought a Nancy's pie crust at Berkeley Bowl; you should call them and ask if they have them. I am 90% sure that they have others that use all butter instead of lard (or mostly butter -- that's pretty misleading of Nancy's and I'm disappointed -- as I used to read the ingredients carefully when I was a vegetarian.

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                  Danielt3 RE: sonomajom Dec 7, 2006 12:19 AM

                  Here's the answer. I wrote an email at the www.nancys.com site and just got a reply from Heintz (I guess she sold out). Here is their reply:

                  "Thank you for your email about Nancy's 9-Inch Cuisine Pie Crust.

                  We sincerely regret having to disappoint you, but we have discontinued production of this product due to changing market conditions. Unfortunately, there are no plans to bring this variety back into the marketplace at this time.

                  Your comments are very important to us and will be shared with our management. We hope you will remain one of our valued customers, and hope you will try another of our products. In the meantime, if you have any further questions, feel free to contact us at 1-800-255-5750."

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                    peachblossom RE: Danielt3 Dec 7, 2006 06:34 PM

                    I wonder if those changing market conditions have anything to do with the fact that the ingredients contain hydrogenated items. There's been a big(ger) push lately to consume non-hygrogenated foods so that may have affected the decision to remove the pie crust

                  2. Atomica RE: sonomajom Dec 19, 2006 03:50 PM

                    If anyone is looking, I spotted Mother Nature's Goodies pie crust at Andronico's (on Irving in SF) that is all butter. However, it is a whole wheat pie crust.

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                      moosechop RE: sonomajom Dec 20, 2006 11:22 PM

                      Our Whole Foods down here in Campbell carries an all-butter crust called French Picnic (and for some reason, that name always strikes me as slightly naughty.) I like the taste and texture a lot, but I love that they come as flat disks, so you can press them into any pie or tart pan you like, or make a galette.

                      Good luck!

                      1. rworange RE: sonomajom Dec 21, 2006 01:29 AM

                        Just a reminder, the new Bi-Rite Creamery in SF is selling frozen pie dough ... my guess is they are using real stuff in it. Hope if someone tries it they report back.


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                          sonomajom RE: sonomajom Jan 31, 2007 05:18 PM

                          I'm glad the mystery is solved. Thanks Daniel. I just heard about the BiRite and am hoping to try that soon. Would be very interested if anyone has feedback

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