Pie Drip Catchers

Published May 1, 2013. From Cook's Illustrated.

Pie baking cleanup has never been easier.

Overview:

Baking pies (especially juicy, fruit-filled kinds) inevitably means drips burn onto the oven floor. We often put a baking sheet under the pie plate to catch the spills, but would pie drip catchers—nonstick-coated steel or aluminum rings that fit snugly under pie plates—be simpler to clean than the large, unwieldy sheets? We made blueberry pies in our favorite Pyrex pie plate and perched them atop four different models (ranging from $4.49 to $19.95). All were wide enough to contain the drips, which easily washed away from their slick surfaces. But only one solved the unforeseen problem of the pie plate sliding around atop the band. The raised silicone ring in the center of our winner kept the pie plate anchored, allowing us to securely transfer it into and out of the oven. Plus, the wide rim on opposite sides of its oval shape was easiest of all to grasp through oven mitts.

Baking pies (especially juicy, fruit-filled kinds) inevitably means drips burn onto the oven floor. We often put a baking sheet under the pie plate to catch the spills, but would pie drip catchers—nonstick-coated steel or aluminum rings that fit snugly under pie plates—be simpler to clean than the large, unwieldy sheets? We made blueberry pies in our favorite Pyrex pie plate and perched them atop four different models (ranging from $4.49 to $19.95). All were wide enough to contain the drips, which easily washed away from their slick surfaces. But only one solved the unforeseen problem of the pie plate sliding around atop the band. The raised silicone ring in the center of our winner kept the pie plate anchored, allowing us to securely transfer it into and out of the oven. Plus, the wide rim on opposite sides of its oval shape was easiest of all to grasp through oven mitts.

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  • Prices are subject to change.
  • Recommended - Winner

    Chicago Metallic No-Drip Pie Shield

    The silicone center ring on this oval pan kept the pie plate anchored in place, allowing us to transfer the ring and pie plate into and out of the oven without fear of the pie sliding off. A wide rim on opposite sides made it easiest of all to grasp through oven mitts. As with the other models in our lineup, its nonstick surface cleaned up easily.

    • Cleanup ★★★
    • Ease of Use ★★★
    • Performance ★★★

    $14.95

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  • Recommended with Reservations

    Fox Run 12-Inch Oven Guard/Drip Catcher

    The nonstick surface of this round drip catcher cleaned up easily. But the pie slid around on the raised rim in the center when we transferred the pie plate and drip catcher together; it also proved hard to grasp since it has no handles. When we put the drip catcher in the oven first and then perched the pie on top, we still needed to use caution so as not to bump it out of alignment.

    • Cleanup ★★★
    • Ease of Use
    • Performance ★★★

    $7.99

  • Not Recommended

    Norpro Nonstick Oven Guard

    This round drip catcher resembles a steel model that we tested, but it is made of thin aluminum, which buckled under the pie’s weight when we transferred both together. Its raised rim in the center let the pie slide around. The nonstick surface cleaned up quickly.

    • Cleanup ★★★
    • Ease of Use
    • Performance ★★

    $4.49

  • Not Recommended

    Nifty Pie Baking Rack

    This drip catcher comes with a chrome wire rack that nestles inside it, but perching the pie plate there left us with baked-on filling in a few spots on the chrome, which took extra scrubbing to remove. Plus, there was no way we could transfer all three parts—the pie plate, rack, and catcher—into and out of the oven at one time. Using the drip catcher without the chrome rack saved us from a tough cleanup job, but we don’t want to pay for a rack that we won’t use.

    • Cleanup ★★
    • Ease of Use
    • Performance ★★★

    $19.95

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