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Norpro Ceramic Pie Bird

by Norpro

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  • Handy, decorative tool for baking pies with pastry tops
  • Place bird in center of pie and place filling and pastry top surrounding it
  • Bird releases steam through mouth "vent" during baking to prevent juices from boiling over
  • Made of oven safe ceramic; measures 3-1/2 inches tall
  • Hand washing recommended
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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 2 x 2 inches ; 0.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0018OTZT4
  • Item model number: 3262
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,058 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

Color: Black

Pie funnels are used in baking pies and prevent the pie from boiling over in the oven by allowing the steam created when the fruit filling or other contents are cooking to escape from inside the pie. How to use: Line the pie dish with pastry, place the "bird" in the centre, put in the filling around the "pie bird" then put a pastry top on but allowing the pie bird to stick out of a hole in the pastry . Pinch crust around the bird's shoulder, allowing the head to stick through the pastry. The bird will release steam through his mouth "vent" during baking and help to prevent juices from boiling over in the oven.


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This pie bird works!
Prospero
Fit well in the pie, didn't clog at the bottom, and cleaned up easily with the baked on bits at the mouth opening wiping off quickly.
Cynthia Watson
Had to purchase them for myself and for my sister and Mother again.
lorraine

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

73 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Laurie B. Wagner on October 15, 2009
Color Name: Black
My mother always used a pie bird in her 2 crust fruit pies. I never really understood then, just thought it was cute. But, after seeing a cook on TV use one and gave the reason why, I tried it. And, oh my goodness did it ever work! If you use it right, you'll have a cooked, crisp bottom crust even with a 2 crust fruit pie. Promise. You just have to make sure you place the pie bird on top of the bottom crust BEFORE you place your filling. Pour the filling around the pie bird, and after rolling out your top crust, place a small "X" in the middle of the top crust and top your filling (so the "X" goes over the pie bird). Seal the edges and make a couple additional small vents with a knife and bake. Also, use a good glass pie pan!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Maggie's Mom on February 5, 2009
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
Well, as usual Alton Brown talked me into needing something I didn't know I needed.... Well it works great, and makes such an interesting conversation starter at potluck diners.

You can buy a much less expensive white version in the Amish stores, but a blackbird is such a poetic thing to remember one's childhood nursery rhymes and have fun with the grandkids with besides.

I cut the crust with a small bisquit cutter and it fits right over the bird. Venting is as promised and I don't get boil over unless I totally overfill my pie, which I tend to do. This has really minimized the mess, even then.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Pond on July 20, 2010
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I love these pie birds. This is my second in my long life; the other bite the dust a few years ago (it was dropped in the sink.) After managing poorly without it, I had to purchase another. They absolutely work, and if you bake fruit pies on any regular basis, and have experienced the horror of fruit juices bubbling over either onto a sheet pan or foil, or oven floor, this will cure that problem.

Just place the pie bird into the empty bottom crust, fill and top. Cut a small slit in the top crust before placing over the pie; I fold my top crust in half, cut a small slit and voila, fits right over the bird.

Get one of these birds, they don't break the bank and they will greatly cut down on the pie spillover/cleanup aggravation.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Prospero on December 3, 2009
Color Name: Black
Not sure how much there is to say about a pie bird. If they work they are great, if they don't work they are worthless. This pie bird works! What kicks me up to 5 stars is the traditional "black bird" style (call me old school).

Of course, there are other birds out there that will certainly vent a crust, and I'm sure they are just as good. What I would avoid myself, is one that is attached to the pie dish. They are simply harder to clean and limit what you can use to make a pie with.

Happy Pie Making!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sdedecker22 on December 14, 2011
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
nice little pie bird it is very thin ceramic so handle with care! It is glazed both inside and out so clean up will be easy. Its a nice classic pie bird at a good price
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rmarystead on November 16, 2012
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I have had one of these for years but have never been able to find another. I was so happy to find them again. I bought one for my daughter and one for my granddaughter. They are fun as well as useful. It makes you smile every time you get a pie out of the oven and find this little bird sitting right there in the middle. They are well made as well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By d on February 16, 2013
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I bought 2 of these one from this company and one from another company. This one is not made as well as the other. The openings are smaller and less effective than the one from le creuset is much better made and works much better and is well made. The difference in the price is minor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wolfee1 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 2, 2011
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
Norpro Ceramic Pie Bird, I love this bird in fact I have two of them on top of a tree trunk I use them when I make a Big Pie. The Pie Birds prevent the Pie Filling from boiling up and leaking through the Crust and keeping the Bottom Pie Dough from turning Soggy. I collect and got many of them and they do work. Everytime I make a Pie I select one and put it in the center on the very top of the bottom Dough and it makes it Crisp and Flaky by releasing the steam through his Beak. I have Roosters Mushrooms Little Chefs Seals and among all the ones I own. This one is Specially Nice! ...Thank You D.D.
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