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Wholefoods gluten-free Pie Crust - Thaw First?

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For those of you who have used the Wholefoods gluten-free frozen pie crust, did you thaw it first? I've never had to do this for frozen crusts, but not sure if I read the directions correctly. (I'm making pumpkin pies)

Last time I used the kinnikinnick crust and wanted to see what the difference was. Some of you said the WF was really good, so I'm going to try it. It's also bigger than the Kinni crust.

Thanks!

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Yes you thaw them first. I use them for all my pies and love them.

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Thanks Chrissy. I had never thawed the crust first in other gluten-free frozen pie crusts. I know it says "Thaw first" but couldn't tell if that was just for if you had to bake the crust first.

Thanks for clarifying for me!

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I have used their crust for years and love it. Sometimes I am running late and don't have time to thaw it, but it still cooks great. I always prebake mine for a few minutes prior to filling (I don't like soggy crust) so I cover the edges with foil, and prebake for about 10 - 12 minutes at 350. I think this helps firm it up before filling with pumpkin or peaches or whatever I am making. Just a suggestion. You will love the crust.

If I am making a fruit pie that needs a top crust, I just thaw one of the crust, roll it into a ball, and roll it out on my silicone baking sheet with cheesecloth covering my rolling pin and roll out a top crust.

Just a note ... A silicone baking mat and cheesecloth are priceless when making gluten free cookies or piecrust. No more sticking. I made over a hundred sugar cookies this season, and not one sticky mess which was great!

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I have used their crust for years and love it. Sometimes I am running late and don't have time to thaw it, but it still cooks great. I always prebake mine for a few minutes prior to filling (I don't like soggy crust) so I cover the edges with foil, and prebake for about 10 - 12 minutes at 350. I think this helps firm it up before filling with pumpkin or peaches or whatever I am making. Just a suggestion. You will love the crust.

If I am making a fruit pie that needs a top crust, I just thaw one of the crust, roll it into a ball, and roll it out on my silicone baking sheet with cheesecloth covering my rolling pin and roll out a top crust.

Just a note ... A silicone baking mat and cheesecloth are priceless when making gluten free cookies or piecrust. No more sticking. I made over a hundred sugar cookies this season, and not one sticky mess which was great!

I wish I had a Whole Foods around here! In the meantime I've only made a couple of pie crusts but need a new rolling pin and silicone baking mat. What brand silicone baking mat do you have...or doesn't it make any difference?

I would never have thought of using cheesecloth so that's definitely going on my shopping list. I know Jules recommends those cheesecloth-type rolling pin covers but regular cheesecloth would be cheaper, I'm sure, and then could be thrown out.

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I wish I had a Whole Foods around here! In the meantime I've only made a couple of pie crusts but need a new rolling pin and silicone baking mat. What brand silicone baking mat do you have...or doesn't it make any difference?

I would never have thought of using cheesecloth so that's definitely going on my shopping list. I know Jules recommends those cheesecloth-type rolling pin covers but regular cheesecloth would be cheaper, I'm sure, and then could be thrown out.

I bought my silicone mat and rolling pin cover (cheesecloth material) at bed bath and beyond. I love them both. Wished I had bought them years ago. So worth it.

My mat was

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=14294074

I love it. I haven't baked with it, I only have used it to roll out cookies, pie crust, crescent rolls, etc. That is what I bought it for, not baking, but I love it. I don't even have to dust it with flour, which makes my products turn out much better (not adding all the extra flour sometimes makes things tough)

And I bought my rolling pin cover there. But it also had a mat with it, which I haven't used. I would like to find just rolling pin covers only, might be cheaper. But I wash them out in hot soapy water, rinse and than air dry and use them over and over again. They hold up great. I can't find a link online to them, I actually bought them at the store, not online. But I do know that Jules gluten free has a link to her favorite stuff and she has an online link to ones. You could probably use cheesecloth and wrap it around, but I like the actual rolling pin covers because they are stretchy and stay on good. I do a lot of baking, and they are so worth the purchase. They make rolling gluten free dough out so much easier. Most the gluten free doughs I use are pretty sticky, and this has been such a blessing.

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I bought my silicone mat and rolling pin cover (cheesecloth material) at bed bath and beyond. I love them both. Wished I had bought them years ago. So worth it.

My mat was

http://www.bedbathan...sp?SKU=14294074

I love it. I haven't baked with it, I only have used it to roll out cookies, pie crust, crescent rolls, etc. That is what I bought it for, not baking, but I love it. I don't even have to dust it with flour, which makes my products turn out much better (not adding all the extra flour sometimes makes things tough)

And I bought my rolling pin cover there. But it also had a mat with it, which I haven't used. I would like to find just rolling pin covers only, might be cheaper. But I wash them out in hot soapy water, rinse and than air dry and use them over and over again. They hold up great. I can't find a link online to them, I actually bought them at the store, not online. But I do know that Jules gluten free has a link to her favorite stuff and she has an online link to ones. You could probably use cheesecloth and wrap it around, but I like the actual rolling pin covers because they are stretchy and stay on good. I do a lot of baking, and they are so worth the purchase. They make rolling gluten free dough out so much easier. Most the gluten free doughs I use are pretty sticky, and this has been such a blessing.

The one I'm looking at was one of Jules' recommended products and I have a couple of Amazon gift cards that are burning a hole in my pocket. I've become a kitchen junkie. And it's large, about the size you mention. I don't plan to use it in the oven either. I hear you on the dough being sticky. I have found a love of parchment paper to put on baking sheets for cookies.

I watched her video on rolling out a pie crust and she did use the cheesecloth rolling pin covers. Glad they are washable.

Thanks for the info, Darissa!

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Darissa, I searched Amazon and they do offer rolling pin covers. Since I can't link, check Rolling Pin Covers (4175) Pk/2 by Fox Run. Cost $3.07 with free shipping.

Now I just have to buy a new rolling pin and silicone baking mat plus add the rolling pin covers. I received a couple of Amazon gift cards for Christmas. Shopping time! :D

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Darissa, I searched Amazon and they do offer rolling pin covers. Since I can't link, check Rolling Pin Covers (4175) Pk/2 by Fox Run. Cost $3.07 with free shipping.

Now I just have to buy a new rolling pin and silicone baking mat plus add the rolling pin covers. I received a couple of Amazon gift cards for Christmas. Shopping time! :D

Slyvia

Thank you for the info. I will order those. That is a great price! Are we not allowed to link on this forum? I normally don't, but I did above.

I love my rolling pin too. It is a nonstick rolling pin that I bought for gluten free baking. It is Oxo 12" Rolling Pin. There are other nonstick ones too. It works well with the cheesecloth, but I wonder when you use the cheesecloth if you could use a cheaper rolling pin.

Thanks again for the info on the covers. I will get me some more! Happy baking! and Happy New Year!

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Slyvia

Thank you for the info. I will order those. That is a great price! Are we not allowed to link on this forum? I normally don't, but I did above.

I love my rolling pin too. It is a nonstick rolling pin that I bought for gluten free baking. It is Oxo 12" Rolling Pin. There are other nonstick ones too. It works well with the cheesecloth, but I wonder when you use the cheesecloth if you could use a cheaper rolling pin.

Thanks again for the info on the covers. I will get me some more! Happy baking! and Happy New Year!

I was wondering about what brand rolling pin to buy...I'll look at the Oxo since I generally like their products. Sometimes I'm cheap...and sometimes I'm not. :lol: I have no experience with buying rolling pins in the past 40 years so I'll take your word that the Oxo is a good one.

We can sends links on the forum...just can't link to Amazon or other companies that have spammed the forum. I know, sounds strange but it's true.

Happy baking and Happy New Year to you, too!!! :D

ETA: I think I need to go shopping today!

Edited by sa1937

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I ended up ordering the Oxo Good Grips rolling pin. I've never used a French rolling pin either...but I just love being let loose in a Williams-Sonoma store. I could get lost for hours. :D

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I just wanted to give y'all an update. The pies were great. I did thaw as you all suggested. The crust was flaky and hubs said it did not get soggy at all, even after several days. I didn't try it cuz I don't like pumpkin pie. I was happy with my own treats though.

So thank you all for the quick answers!

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