How to Store Pies

How to Store Pies

Pies and tarts are best eaten within 24 hours, although they may be refrigerated for up to five days. Serve pies at room temperature or warmed in a 350°F oven 10 to 15 minutes (cover loosely with aluminum foil to prevent burning of crust). Freezing a baked pie is not advisable.

Baking in Hot Weather

It’s unfair, isn’t it? With the exception of apples, all of the really wonderful pie-making fruits are in season during the summer months, when even eager bakers are swooning in the heat. Not only that: heat can make your pastry stick and split. Here’s how to stand the heat without getting out of the kitchen:

  • Do your baking early in the morning or late in the evening, when temperatures are coolest.
  • If you have air-conditioning in your kitchen, turn it on.
  • Cut refrigerator-chilled butter into small pieces, then re-chill before cutting it into the dry ingredients.
  • Chill your mixing bowl and utensils in the refrigerator before using them.
  • Mix the dry ingredients, then place the mixture in the refrigerator for half an hour to chill.
  • If you’re blending the butter and flour by hand, use your fingertips, not your palms, which are warmer.