Pie making gadgets put to the test


Making a good Thanksgiving pie is a lot easier if you have the right tools.

"The right tools make all the difference when making a good pie, starting with a good pastry blender. We tested nine pastry blenders and found one standout," said Paul Hope, Good Housekeeping Institute.

The product testers liked the "OXO Good Grips bladed dough blender," it sells for $10. They gave it high marks for its ergonomic, comfy handle and because of its strong, reinforced stainless steel tongs.

Good Housekeeping crowned the "Kitchen Aid rolling pin" the king of rolling pins. The institute also liked the Pyrex 9 and a half inch pie plate and Pyrex's deeper flavor saver.

"The Pyrex pie plate baked a great crust both top and bottom. It baked up pies that were nice enough to put on a Thanksgiving table," said Paul Hope, Good Housekeeping Institute.

Here's a baking tip for you - Good Housekeeping suggests your dough should be three inches larger in diameter than the pie plate before you start. That will help you get the dough into the pie plate without tearing it.

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