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Prepared Pie Crusts - Where can I find the best?

rworange Sep 19, 2008 10:33 AM

The first hint of Autumn in the air and I'm ready for my yearly homemade apple pie.

I'm considering either the crust from Bi-Rite Creamery or Downtown Bakery. Are there any other options? Has anyone tried either? How are they?

One of my first posts on Chowhound asked this same question.

I was such an innocent pup in the pound. I got two suggestions ... French Picnic pie crusts and Nancy's (now out of business).

The rest of the long, long thread told me how easy and much better it was to make my own. It was the beginning of my unending Chowhound howl "I dont waaaant to cook, I want to eat".

So better prepared on this post (I hope) ... two years I asked how to make a fool proof pie crust. So here's a handy thread for homemade suggestions.

I was motivated in 2006 to make my own pie and yet could never work up enough enthusiasm to actually do it. No pie for me in 2006.

Sooooo, I have zero-interest this year in making my own crust. Any other good options? Doesn't have to be a bakery. Even a good supermarket brand will do ... though no junk in it .. looking for ingrediants I don't need a science degree to understand.

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    wally RE: rworange Sep 19, 2008 12:07 PM

    I have bought everything that is frozen that Downtown Bakery sells except for the pie crust. Everything else has been excellent. I believe I have read here that the pie crust is also excellent. I would go for it.

    1. Ruth Lafler RE: rworange Sep 19, 2008 01:26 PM

      I know you're not a fan of the store in general, but I've had good luck with Trader Joe's pie crusts, and I'm sort of a pie imbecile. In doing a search I came up with a recommendation by oakjoan for pie crusts at the Pasta Shop.

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        rworange RE: Ruth Lafler Sep 19, 2008 01:55 PM

        Thanks. I've made peace with TJ's. I won't ever be a regular shopper because it is too hard for me to for attachments to products and see them go away. However, I do like the fact that the ingrediant list on TJ products aren't junk. That is getting rarer and rarer these days. So I'll check out their pie crusts. Also, the Pinole store is less obnoxious to me than most ... lots of room and parking. It doesn't have the claustrophobic feel of the other stores.

        Will check out Pasta Shop too. Nice to have those two nearby backups if I don't get to SF or Healdsburg.

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          JasmineG RE: Ruth Lafler Sep 19, 2008 02:10 PM

          I agree with oakjoan about the Pasta Shop crusts. That's my default pie crust when I don't have time to make one.

        2. manraysky RE: rworange Sep 19, 2008 01:30 PM

          I like making my own crust, when I like to keep some frozen ones around for a last minute, what should I make for dinner, quiche. I buy the Marie Callender's ones.

          1. osho RE: rworange Sep 19, 2008 02:05 PM

            Organic Crust by Arrowhead (IIRC) from Rainbow Grocery should do the trick. We have used them with spectacular results.

            1. bbqman RE: rworange Sep 19, 2008 03:23 PM

              Try Whole Paycheck, er, I mean Whole Foods. They have a GREAT whole wheat pie crust in the frozen food isle, two to a pack. Healthy, but buttery too.


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                donbonus RE: rworange Sep 19, 2008 05:25 PM

                Liberty Cafe...Bernal Heights...awesome

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                  rworange RE: donbonus Sep 19, 2008 06:37 PM

                  They sell unbaked pie crusts that I can use to make my own pie like Pillsbury?

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                    donbonus RE: rworange Sep 19, 2008 08:10 PM

                    yes.....2 to a box...ask for them at the counter

                    lots of butter,,,,very good

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                  annec RE: rworange Oct 21, 2008 01:43 PM

                  I found this post very helpful this weekend, wanted to contribute an update from the grocery store angle.

                  Trader joes pie crust was in the freezer section, not refrigerated. It had palm oil in it, I skipped it.

                  Whole Foods had frenchpicnic in the freezer section for $11.99. Their website was defunct when I tried it. There were the aforementioned whole wheat and spelt crusts. There was also Vermont Mystic Pie Company crust, on sale for $8.99 - flour, butter, water. This is what I went with.

                  There were not a lot of baking tips on the box, when I got home I went to their website and learned that the crusts must be baked frozen to bake correctly. If they were going to be used for a two layer pie, it was recommended to half-thaw the second crust, fill the first then add the rolled, pliable second crust to the top to seal, then refreeze overnight before baking. I did not want to do that so I cheated and baked it with the half-frozen top. The pie came out fine.

                  Vermont Mystic Pie Co
                  127 Marshall Ln, Waterbury Center, VT

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