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Price: $3.39 for 2
Frozen store-bought shells bake into crusts that are prone to cracking. The thin, toastier-tasting shells also tended to get soggy under super-juicy fillings, making it difficult to cut a nice slice. But preformed is fine for thick fillings. And they shave minutes off your prep time, an advantage when you're cooking for a holiday or dinner party.
Prep: 5 minutes
Price: $3.74 for 2
The flaky texture and buttery flavor of refrigerated rolled pie dough are closer to the homemade stuff. We also loved its versatility: Unlike preformed pie shells, it can be used to make double-pie crusts (or mini pies, tarts and other treats). Prep time is longer and requires handiwork, but that also means you can style your pie any way you like!
And the winner is ...
- Judith Pena