How to Transport Your Pie Without Ruining It

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Avoid a smashed, messy dessert with our secret pie transport tip you've never tried (but should!)

When I travel anywhere with my family, my designated spot is the passenger seat, and that usually means I’ll be taking on three roles: navigator, DJ and resident pie holder. It seems there is no safe pie transport method, so rather than risk it sliding around with our other stuff in the backseat, I sit cross-legged with a dishtowel between me and our beloved dessert. And let’s face it, once you’ve gone to the trouble of making classic butter pie pastry from scratch, it’s worth protecting it.

Fortunately, I’ve discovered a secret to transporting pie that leaves my pastry flaky and my hands free. You’ll need our best pie recipes, tinfoil and some grippy drawer liners.

How to Transport a Pie Without Ruining It

Step 1: Wrap Everything in Foil

Once your pie has cooled, wrap it completely in aluminum foil. Next, place your pie on a baking sheet and wrap another piece of foil around the pie and baking sheet to secure it.

Step 2: Apply Drawer Liner

Here’s the secret weapon. Apply a grippy drawer liner like this to the inside of a flat, shallow box and place your baking sheet on top. The grip of the drawer liner will keep your pie from slipping and sliding during the drive. If you have multiple pies to transport (Thanksgiving pies anyone?), place two pies on a baking sheet and then follow the same steps.

Step 3: Hit the Open Road!

It’s time to pack the car. Your pie box should sit flat on the floor of the car. Once your pies are safely stowed, you can hop in the car with only a coffee and a magazine in your lap.

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Alternatively, you can bring along these mini pies that don’t require as much effort to transport.

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Carrie Madormo, RN
Now a freelance health and food writer, Carrie worked as a nurse for over a decade. When she isn't hunched over her laptop with a baby in hand, you will find her cooking her grandmother’s recipes, lacing up her running shoes or sipping coffee in the bathroom to hide from her three young children.