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How to Transport Pie Safely + a Giveaway!

Are you deep in the throes of summer fruit and wondering what to do with it? Over in our Provisions shop, we make the most of good food by finding useful, beautiful products to go with it.

Today: How to bake a pie and take it with you. Napkins and forks optional, vanilla ice cream required. We're also giving away two PieBoxes, because we like to share -- just tell us what pie you'd fill yours with in the comments below. 

Since they are so many pie lovers, and only two PieBoxes to give away, stay tuned for an email to your inbox on Monday, July 21st with a special PieBox discount for all our fantastic, creative, sugar-fueled commenters!

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Update: Congratulations to our winners -- Elizabeth who served apple pie as her wedding cake and Harvey with his johannisbeere kuchen! 

Since it’s summer, we’re assuming that you’re making some pie. (We are.) And if you’re following our Instagram feed lately, you’ll know that when we say “some pie” we mean “all the pie.” 

From peach to strawberry to lemon meringue, you can’t really go wrong when choosing a pie flavor. You can, however, go wrong when carrying it -- which is where the PieBox comes in. Designed in Chicago by Adrienne Blumthal, a baker who tired of hiding her edible works of art in homely plastic containers, it’s been one of our best sellers on Provisions since we first discovered it. 


Pies are notoriously tricky to transport -- wrangling a hot pie in a cardboard box is inelegant and awkward, especially when you add in obstacles like cars and subways. 

When we first starting selling the PieBox last year, we thought it was pretty much perfect. So did a lot of you -- one very thoughtful husband gifted a PieBox to his wife, who happened to be the New York Times baking guru herself: Melissa Clark. It turned out the PieBox was no match for Melissa's expansive pie plate collection and some of her plates were too big!

So today we’re unveiling a newer, bigger version, so no pie -- even your heftiest cherry or weightiest rhubarb -- is left behind! The new PieBox is sized to fit almost any pie plate (9" Pyrex, Anchor, fluted Emile Henry plates all work): We've used it to tote our 8-inch chocolate tarts, our 9.5-inch deep dish peach-strawberry pies, and our 9-inch blueberry beauties alike.


Once you've read up on tricks for making a perfectly flaky crust and fancying up your pie, pick a recipe. Then, if you're feeling inspired, add some intricate lattice-work or a perfectly rumpled toasted meringue, and take it somewhere to share -- safely. 

We're giving away two PieBoxes to celebrate the new version! To enter, tell us in the comments below by Sunday, July 20th at 5PM: What would you fill this PieBox with? 

First and third photos by James Ransom; all others by Posie Harwood. 

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I like warm homemade bread slathered with fresh raw milk butter, ice cream in all seasons, the smell of garlic in olive oil, and sugar snap peas fresh off the vine.


Veronica F. May 25, 2019
I made a mango strawberry tart and always struggle with transport. I love your idea and would make all my pies mobile.
Chip_Head November 9, 2016
I just made the filling for a Green Tomato Mincemeat Pie once its in the shell and baked, it would be great to have the new PieBox to transport it so I can share it with friends and family.
Lily T. November 5, 2015
I grew up in Puerto Rico, so I would make a Pineapple Pie and fill the #PieBox with it, to deliver to my sister. <3 November 4, 2015
I just brought a beautiful vegan pumpkin pie to dinner at my niece's. The pie box had it arrive just as it came out of the oven - perfect!
Nikki October 28, 2015
I love lemon merengue, rhubarb, and blackberry. And I have rhubarb in my freezer waiting to be made into a pie.
Leigh L. September 3, 2015
Homemade peach pie made from the fresh Georgia peaches I just cut up. Mmmm!
Joanne July 15, 2015
I would put a lemon meringue/coconut cream pie in the Pie Box. The lemon layer goes in first, then the coconut cream, followed by the meringue. My son loves this combination.
Teresa July 4, 2015
I would use it to transport "Thank you" Pies. I make and give pies and desserts to staff members in my school district that have provided support to kids and programs.
mary June 28, 2015
Good old fashion pumpkin pie to share with friends and family on Thanksgiving. This would be the perfect box to take it in!
Carolyn June 24, 2015
My niece bakes the best pies for family gatherings and it's always a chore to transport them. Theses pie boxes are Awesome! Can't wait to give them to her ( she is difficult to buy for, but not this time)
Peach pie and lemon meringue are my favorite!!
Andrea C. June 24, 2015
The best strawberry rhubarb pie!!
Alice T. June 24, 2015
I would share an Italian triple-Berry Tart! It is so delicious with a wonderful butter crust and a Pastry Cream filling topped with triple berries! It would be great to use the wooden box!
Robbylee June 12, 2015
Blueberry doubt! Delish & beautiful...yummy!!
regina May 22, 2015
I cannot believe that the first pie that came to my heart and mind is Strawberry Rhubarb Pie! It was one of my mother's signature pies.. Our neighbor grew it in his back yard just to ensure his piece of the pie!
Then I carefully scroll down to add my comment, and WA BANG!!!
Kimberly, you stole my thunder! Bravo! :) Great choice!
Kimberly L. May 14, 2015
My favorite pie in the world -- my grandma's homemade strawberry rhubarb pie!
Gail 🐝. November 25, 2014
6 chicken mini pies from food52. A piece of strong cardboard to cover then 6 mini fruit pies from food52. Then bottles of my homemade damson and gin tied to the handle bars of my bike as my friends and I go for a picnic where I live in the New Forest, Hampshire. UK
Carolyn June 24, 2015
Kenna September 21, 2014
I'd fill it with crumpets and tea!!!
Pamela September 19, 2014
Strawberry and of course my famous sweet potato pie. They are so good that one Thanksgiving I had to make 32 pies because when people asked could they tske a slice home, they would pick up a whole pie.
Michael C. July 28, 2014
Definitely shepherd's pie. My wife's chocolate & lemon tart can ride up front with me!
carolyn July 28, 2014
Southern Peach Pie with a layer of sweet cheese on bottom crust.