Made of durable plastic that's BPA-free, this carrier has a sturdy design to keep pies upright during transport. Lid air vent releases steam so you don't have to wait for freshly baked pies to cool before you travel. Affordable.
Locking system has a learning curve and clips feel loose. Won't fit pies larger than about 9 inches.
Comes in a pack of 5. Crystal-clear plastic enhances the view of the pie. High lid allows for raised toppings. Ribbed base holds pie securely. Snap closures keep lid on during transport and storage.
Hinges may break and the plastic edges are sharp.
Unloading a pie once you arrive at your destination is easy with this carrier's top and bottom zippers. Fits deep-dish and 12-inch pies. Tough canvas material and strong handle keep goodies protected during transport. Comes in multiple colors.
May be too much room for a single pie. Not well-insulated. Pricey.
Layered with foam and thermal insulation to keep your pies warm and toasty. Supports multiple dishes, including pizza, casseroles, and more. Holds up to 5 pies at the same time. Zip enclosures are located conveniently for quick access.
Not as aesthetically pleasing as some of the other models on the market.
Made of food-grade BPA-free PP plastic. Measures 3.1 inches tall, enough for some topped pies. Fits up to 9.5-inch pies. Includes 2 tray inserts for eggs or cupcakes. Lid features sturdy clasps and fold-down handles.
The lid may not support significant weight on top of it.
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Pie making is something of an art. There's a lot to master when making a perfect crust, achieving the most delectable filling, and decorating the most appealing top. Add in swirls of whipped cream or toasted meringue, and you’re talking about a lot of effort and skill. Then you pack it up to take to a friend’s or relative’s house, and what do you get? Crushed crusts? Mushed meringue? Squished chiffon? Cracked custard? How do you get blueberry filling out of car cushions, anyway?
Don’t risk ruining your pies, your clothes, or your upholstery. Take a step up from plastic wrap that won’t cling or foil that leaks and makes the filling taste funny. Get a pie carrier.
Pie baskets are woven carriers designed for carrying one or more pies. They resemble wicker picnic baskets but have completely removable lids where you can insert and take out whole pies. They have sturdy bottoms and may come with a wooden stool or shelf to keep a hot pie off the bottom or to separate multiple pies.
Hard-sided pie carriers are typically made of hard, see-through plastic with integrated handles and sturdy clips. A hard-sided pie carrier may come with its own base, or it may fit onto a standard-size pie pan.
A “pie keeper” is a similar product. It may not have handles, however, and its primary function is to store a pie rather than to transport it. Vintage hard-sided pie carriers were often made of aluminum, enamel, or stainless steel.
Adhering to the same general concept as insulated fabric lunch boxes and casserole carriers, these pie carriers are flexible containers made of durable fabric that hold one or more pies. They often feature padding or insulation to keep contents secure and maintain their temperature. Many of them zip closed.
Pastry boxes are the boxes you find in bakeries and grocery stores. These boxes are usually made of cardboard or cardstock with windows of cellophane or other clear plastic. Although not rigid or padded, they are a presentable and affordable option for transporting pies. These are handy if you don’t need a permanent reusable carrier for your baking.
Several popular pie carriers come with inserts that can also hold cupcakes and deviled eggs.
For convenience, pie carriers should have handles attached to the lid or body. Pie carrier handles may be made of plastic, metal, fabric, or even leather.
The lid of a pie carrier protects the surface of the pie. It’s helpful if it’s tall or somewhat domed to fit taller pies and pies with toppings, like whipped cream or meringue. Pie carrier lids should open fully to allow full access to the pie without damage, either by lifting off the lid or flipping the carrier open from a hinge or flap. Some lids are transparent so you can see the pie without lifting the lid.
A pie carrier should have enough space to fit a pie that is 8 to 10 inches in diameter. Some fit pies as large as 12 inches in diameter. However, a pie carrier should not have a lot of extra space because it could then slide around and sustain damage.
Look for a base with non-slip or grippy properties that can hold onto a pie plate or pie pan, minimizing movement during transport. Soft-sided pie carriers should have bases strong and rigid enough to support the weight of one or more pies.
Pie carriers with lids should have secure latches or clips that attach to a base or directly to a pie pan. Large latches that are easy to snap and unsnap are highly convenient. If you’re considering a soft-sided carrier, see if you can unzip it from the base as well as the top. Transferring a pie is much easier if the carrier has zippers on both ends.
Pie carriers should offer some form of ventilation. This is especially important for warm pies to prevent curdling and condensation. A seal that’s too tight could allow moisture to gather on the surface or edges of the pie, sogging the top and crust.
Most soft-sided pie carriers have heat-reflective linings or an insulating layer of padding to keep cold pies cool and warm pies warm.
Soft-sided pie carriers may be collapsible, folding flat or near-flat to save shelf space when not in use. Some vintage pie carriers stack neatly like metal lunch pails. However, hard-sided pie carriers with domed plastic lids may not stack well.
A pie carrier that can hold two or more pies can be quite handy when entertaining or taking food to and from a large gathering. Pie carriers designed for more than one pie usually have a shelf or stand to keep the pies separate.
Simple pie boxes and pie containers can be bought for under $25. This includes cardboard pastry boxes that cost as little as $0.73 per unit in sets of 20 or more. Single plastic pie carriers also cost between $16 and $25, including some with built-in handles.
Between $20 and $40 you can find most soft-sided fabric pie carriers with padding, insulation, and carry handles. These can hold one to two pies as well as branded pie carriers and pie keepers in plastic or glass.
Above $40, you will find padded and insulated soft-sided pie carriers, sometimes with heating elements, and hard-sided plastic pie carriers that can hold four or more whole pies. Pie baskets, often handmade and locally manufactured, are also found near or above this price range.
Fruit pies without dairy or egg can remain at room temperature for up to two days. Custard-based pies and pies with dairy or egg ingredients should not be left out for more than two hours.
A. A vented pie carrier is the best way to transport a freshly baked pie that’s still warm and needs ventilation to cool off and set. If you don’t have a vented pie carrier, consider a pastry box or a clean pizza box.
A. Refrigerated or cold pies are a little easier to transport than hot pies, as they’re not only colder, but they’re often more stable. You could wrap a cold pie in aluminum foil, but consider also placing it on a baking sheet for stability and rigidity.
A. Pies should be covered for storage, whether in the refrigerator or on the counter. Covering a pie helps prevent it from drying out too quickly and helps keep the filling and crust fresh. This is especially important if the crust was made with butter or lard as opposed to shortening.
Some pies, including custard pies (like pumpkin pie), should be allowed to cool completely before refrigeration to avoid “weeping” and condensation.