No ImageReview of the Best (And Worst) Store-Bought Pie Crusts

  1. Jean Sprimont

    Elise,
    Enjoyed reading your review but who would have though such a generic product could be so area-based. Your #4 is the only one available in central Florida even though we have several Whole Food stores.

  2. Faith Bugely

    Elise, when you made the pumpkin pie with the Wholly Wholesome Pie Shells, did you follow the directions for them and use the pie shell from frozen rather than pre-baking the crust? You have stressed the need to pre-bake in your recipes but that was with home-made crusts. I want to make your Smoked Salmon, Dill, and Goat Cheese Quiche for a party using a WW Pie Shell and am unsure what to do.

    Many thanks for this article and for your recipes. Faith

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  3. Jennifer

    I have a question! Were the crusts with sugar sweet at all? I’m wondering if I can recommend them for savory applications like quiche. I recently tried to use the Safeway Signature version and was so annoyed with it. Maybe it’s my imagination, but I feel like the rolled versions are getting skimpier every year. Forget about a pretty crimp. But I know a lot of people want to skip homemade, and I’m planning to point them to this article since you did such a great test. I’m leaning toward recommending anything that’s already pre-baked so all they have to do is pour in the filling.

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  4. Rachel Greenstein

    I have always (30 yrs or so) used Oronoque Pie Crusts (pkg of 2, frozen in pie tin) because my mom recommended them and they are still good. Not as ‘solid’ as they used to be (i need to press some broken bits together and, occasionally use the single pie top they add -if they still do- to fix. Since we’ve moved from the East coast to the Southwest, I’m not sure what I’ll find. It’s good to know that TJ’s, Whole Foods, and another couple of local organic stores may have your favorite Wholly Wholesome in case I can’t find Oronoque or in case I want to try something else! Thank you!

  5. Katrina

    Going to save this for reference – I’m from NH so always used this brand: https://www.mrssmiths.com/products/pie-crusts/pie-crusts-oronoque-orchards.htm.
    but now see it’s only sold on the East Coast! Presently in Minneapolis and miss being able to bake with it. Off to read your article!

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