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Essential Tools for Perfect Pies

The holiday season wouldn’t be the same without pies. Everyone has a favorite flavor to look forward to—and who doesn’t secretly love a leftover slice for breakfast? Since it would be a shame for your homemade pies to suffer at the hands of underperforming tools, we’ve put together this roundup of our favorite—and rigorously kitchen-tested—pie-baking equipment.

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Essential Tools for Perfect Pies
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Williams-Sonoma Goldtouch Nonstick Pie Dish

This golden-hued metal plate baked crusts beautifully without overbrowning; even bottom crusts emerged crisp and flaky. Additionally, we liked this plate’s nonfluted lip, which allowed for maximum crust-crimping flexibility. One minor drawback: The metal surface is susceptible to cuts and nicks, but we found that this didn’t affect its performance.

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$18.95
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Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Perfect Pie Plate, Bayberry

Our runner-up produced impressive pies with gorgeous, golden exteriors and lightly tanned bottom crusts. Its pie slices were also easy to cut and remove. However, while the fluted lip gave us pretty pies and made this plate easy to grab and maneuver into and out of the oven, we ultimately found that it hindered versatility. Its built-in crust guide may be helpful for some bakers, but we preferred products with nonfluted lips to allow for more crimping options.

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$22.54
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J.K. Adams Plain Maple Rolling Dowel
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J.K. Adams Plain Maple Rolling Dowel

This pin capably handled dough for pie, with gentle weight and a slightly textured surface that holds a dusting of flour for less sticking. Its long, straight shape made achieving even dough thickness and rolling out larger disks easy.

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$13.95
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All-Clad Stainless 4-Quart Saucepan with Lid and Loop
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All-Clad Stainless 4-Quart Saucepan with Lid and Loop

Our longtime champ held on to its title for heating slowly and evenly. It's the perfect saucepan for making your pumpkin pie filling.

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$224.95
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Proteak Edge Grain Teak Cutting Board
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Proteak Edge Grain Teak Cutting Board

Roomy, knife-friendly, and exceptionally durable, this teak slab was worth every penny. It resisted warping and cracking, showed only minor scratches, never seemed “thirsty,” and—despite its heft—was easy to lift and clean, thanks to handholds on each end.

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$84.99
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Victorinox 8" Swiss Army Fibrox Chef’s Knife
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Victorinox Swiss Army Fibrox Pro 8" Chef's Knife

This knife is our go-to; it slices through many different ingredients with ease, and it retains its edge after weeks of use. Its textured grip felt secure for a wide range of hand sizes, and thanks to its gently rounded edges and the soft, hand-polished top spine, we could comfortably choke up on the knife for “precise,” “effortless” cuts.

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$39.95
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OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Measuring Cups

Accurate and extremely durable, this set snaps together for compact storage. The handles are seamless with the cups themselves, making them easy to level off.

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$19.99
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Pyrex 2-Cup Measuring Cup
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Pyrex 2-Cup Measuring Cup

This measuring cup is unbeatable; Julia Child's own model is in the Smithsonian.

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$5.99
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OXO Steel Pie Server
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OXO Steel Pie Server

Our former favorite won again. We liked its comfortable handle and offset, double-edged serrated blade, which sliced cleanly and lifted intact slices easily, no matter the filling or crust. Its broad blade securely supported slices in transit. And the price is right.

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$9.99
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Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons Set
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Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons Set

These spoons boast comfortable handles and great accuracy. The rim of each spoon is flush with the handle so it is easy to sweep accurately, and the set nests together nicely.

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$11.95
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Nordic Ware Baker’s Half Sheet

We recommend placing pies baked in the glass Pryex pie plate on an unheated metal baking sheet before sliding it into the oven. The metal pan still helps conduct heat to the bottom of the pie but without risk of cracking the Pyrex plate since it heats up gradually. This model is a kitchen workhorse that won't let you down.

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$14.97
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Chicago Metallic No-Drip Pie Shield
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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.

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Di Oro Living Seamless Silicone Spatula—Large

This model is firm enough for scraping and scooping but also fit neatly into tight corners. Its straight sides and wide, flat blade ensured that no food was left unmixed. The all-silicone design eliminates any crannies that could trap food. It felt exceptionally comfortable. Its smaller blade fell short in our folding test.

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$10.97
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OXO Good Grips Silicone Pastry Brush
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OXO Good Grips Silicone Pastry Brush

This light, maneuverable brush features perforated flaps in the bristles that hold liquid like a bubble wand. It easily trapped watery egg wash, and was delicate enough to paint pies without damage.

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$6.99
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Prepworks Collapsible Party Carrier
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Prepworks Collapsible Party Carrier

A smaller version of our favorite cake carrier, this collapsible plastic tote expanded to accommodate even our tallest Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie. Its large, nonskid base held 8-, 9-, and 10-inch pies perfectly in place, even on bumpy car rides. A bonus: It comes with two molded inserts for deviled eggs, one of which can be flipped upside down and used as a second tier for transporting two shorter pies at once. Its one slight fault: The latches took a little finessing to secure properly.

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$23.81
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Dexter-Russell 6" Dough Cutter/Scraper—Sani-Safe Series
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Dexter-Russell 6" Dough Cutter/Scraper—Sani-Safe Series

The deeply beveled edge of this scraper cut through pizza and bread dough quickly and scraped the work surface effectively. The textured polypropylene handle was easy to hold on to, even with greasy or floury hands, and was thinner than other scrapers’ handles, helping us hold it flat to the work surface for easier, more effective scooping and scraping.

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$7.01
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Perfection Strips Rolling Pin Guide
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Perfection Strips Rolling Pin Guide

Perfection Strips ($9.95 for a set of three) consist of broad lengths of wood of varying thicknesses. They are placed alongside the dough, and the pin is rolled on top of them. The strips do not impede the rolling pin, but you may want to use them only as you start to approach the desired thickness (keeping them oriented correctly as you turn the dough early on can be frustrating). Novice rollers were surprised at the flawless uniformity they achieved with the help of these guides. However, we encountered the same problem using French-style pins here as with the rings.

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$9.95
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OXO Good Grips 11 lb Food Scale with Pull Out Display

Our longtime favorite scale has it all: ­consistent accuracy; a clear digital display (which pulls out from the frame and includes a ­backlight); responsive, clearly labeled, accessible buttons; a removable platform that makes cleanup a breeze; and a sturdy, slim body that stores easily. It’s a pricier package but worth the ­investment.

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$49.95
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All products reviewed by America’s Test Kitchen are independently chosen, researched, and reviewed by our editors. We buy products for testing at retail locations and do not accept unsolicited samples for testing. We list suggested sources for recommended products as a convenience to our readers but do not endorse specific retailers. When you choose to purchase our editorial recommendations from the links we provide, we may earn an affiliate commission. Prices are subject to change.

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