In the Kitchen... Pie Plates

 Every kitchen should have at least one pie plate. They can be used for much more than pie, breading fish and meat or chicken, nacho stacks to heat in oven, I have baked cornbread in mine and coffee cakes. Also some cheesecake recipes work well in one. They work well for small craft supplies and as any man would tell you to keep nails and nuts and bolts in one place. In the photo the pink Pyrex and glass plates are Sue's as is the Corningware. Hers are 6", 7" a very old Glassbake shallow 8" that is her favorite, and the Flamingo Pyrex is 9".  I never did have one of the 10" Corningware ones but Sue says they work well and bake evenly. The plate with the cookbook is 11 inches and shallow. 
 In my kitchen, at the last count I had 12 pie plates, before you gasp I want to say that they are not all mine just have ended up at my house. I do sort them out, but they seem to come back to haunt me. I have my Grandmothers ceramic plate and one of the three ceramic plates I had given to me. I use them some, but really prefer glass plates. 
Both Sue and I have given away or no longer use metal pie pans. I feel that the crusts either burn or don’t get crisp. The glass pie pan lets me see how that bottom crust is doing and I find I can control the heat better. However, use what you have and what you are comfortable with.  The 10 inch deep is what I mostly use and now that the family is smaller the 8 inch regular pie plate get used more. You can no longer buy a new 10 inch deep pie plate, they are now all 9 1/2 inch. Not sure why that has happened, but I take good care of my two 10 inch deep pans as I can't replace them.
 “A round baking dish with shallow slanted sides that are 1 to 1 1/2 inches deep. The pie plate is available in several sizes. The most common sizes being 8, 9 and 10 inch diameters. They can be found made from many different materials, such as aluminum, glass, stoneware, ceramic, and tinned steel. Pie plates are used to bake single crust and double crust pies. They are also available in a deep-dish variety that has slanted sides that are 2 to 2 1/2 inches deep and range from 9 to 11 inches in diameter. A pie plate is also referred to as a pie tin.” This information is from the internet. I don’t believe that tinned steel is readily available in the US though. 
 Many times you can find pie plates cheaply at thrift stores. They may have some brands other than Pyrex but if they are not too scratched it is a good and inexpensive way to add more than one to your kitchen supplies. Have fun baking that next pie.


  1. I use only glass as well but I do have 2 deep dish ceramic pie pans.
    All my metal/stainless steel pie pans I have turned into cake, cupcake, cookies stands, clocks, saucers for potted plants, etc. I'm always on the look out for them old metal / stainless steel pie pans as well as the glass ones.
    I used to have one of them corning ware pie pans until one day when I had an apple pie in the oven, the dish broke right down the center. I had heard something 'pop', opened the oven door and there was my broken plate and 1/2 baked pie filling all over the inside of my oven. Oh, what a mess and of course I couldn't clean out the oven until it cooled down.

    1. Oh Dear, what a mess that must have been. I keep trying to weed mine down and it doesn't seem to work though I didn't make as many pies this summer as I usually do. Lazy I guess.

  2. Myrna, are your Pyrex 10-inch deep dish pie plates labeled #210?

    1. Can't tell you as they are at my daughter's house. She borrowed them and hasn't returned them yet.

  3. I have so many Pyrex pie plates. I would pick them up at garage sales if they were cheap.

  4. I'm with you JR
    I'm always on the look-out for the glass pie plates cause they really do come in handy in so many ways besides using them for making pies.

    Use them instead of a dinner plate when
    serving pasta, the rim prevents spill-overs.
    This makes it a good plate to use for my 3 great grand babies ( & some adults who will remain nameless)

    Use as a saucer for a potted plants.

    decoupage the outside & under-side with paper napkins and fill with cookies, bars, homemade candies / fudge, etc. and give as gift to neighbor , family members, & friends
    Have a pot that is missing a lid; glass pie plate works great for that, plus it's see-through.

    Perfect for heating up leftovers in the
    microwave, use them to cover the plate.
    or use 2 together to keep dinner warm in
    the oven for the late-comer.

    1. Lots of creative ideas for our readers to use pie plates.

  5. I use glass as well. I have 3. Sometimes I even bake pie in them! 😉 I bake our breakfast sausage in a 9" and make Pancake Puffs in a 10". I have also made Taco Pie in one. I use them for breading sometimes. I had a Corning one years ago, but I didn't like it. That one would be nice for Taco Pie...if I still had it. I never liked the aluminum pans. Pie crust always stuck too much in those. Yesterday I made a belated cherry berry b-day pie for hubby in my 10" pan. 😋

    1. I agree that I had pie crust stick in the metal pans also, or they got to brown on the bottom. I do a fair amount of pie baking so have quite a few pie plates of course at this time of the year apple comes to mind.


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