Pie Drip Catchers

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

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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