Store-Bought Pie Dough Showdown: Do Any Compare to Homemade?

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Contender #1: Pillsbury

Pillsbury pie crust

Bought at: Safeway

Price:Around $3.40 (down from $4.99 in 2013!)

Crust-building notes: Easy to work with. Comes rolled up in a cylinder instead of folded in quarters—which smart; you have less chance of breakage. You can roll it pretty thin on a floured board and it holds its shape without tearing.

Tasting notes: Not too sweet, but there's a little sugar in there. Really bland. The flakiness is good. I saw a couple people over at Chowhound saying it has plasticky notes, but I found it a perfectably serviceable mediocre pie dough. Lydia at The Perfect Pantry agrees. Note the comment by Alanna, who recommends rolling the dough out thinner and sprinkling a little sugar on it; I bet that works perfectly for the sweet pies.

Ingredients: Here's where we uh-oh: Bleached enriched flour, partially hydrogenated lard with BHA and BHT added to protect flavor, wheat starch, water. Contains less than 2% of salt, rice flour, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate and sodium propionate, citric acid, Yellow 5 and Red 40.


NEXT: Trader Joe's ==>

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