Is It Ever Okay To Freeze Homemade Pie Crust?

It's time to face facts. Summer is on its way out. Soon the streets will be full of the entrapping smells and sweets of autumn, and summer will be a warm memory. But as the hammer falls, pie rises. The season of fillings and crusts will soon be upon us, and you should know just how long your homemade pie crust will last you before disaster strikes and pies are ruined.

Typically, as people make their homemade pie crusts, they look for a way to preserve their components as long as possible so that everything comes to the dinner table as hot and fresh as possible (fall dinners always seem to be so meticulously choreographed), so you may be looking to freeze your pie crust to use later.

The state of all that dairy and eggs in pie crusts may seem slightly concerning, but you can actually safely freeze pie crusts for up to three months, per Still Tasty, granted you know what you're doing.

How to freeze your pie crusts

They do last for quite a while at low temperatures, but you need to make sure that you're storing your pie crusts correctly. According to The Spruce Eats, typically there are two ways to do it. The first is to just make the batch of dough and form it into pie-portioned balls. Place the balls in freezer bags (maybe even use two to ensure that your crust doesn't smell like freezer) and place them in your freezer.

The second method is to actually roll out your dough and form it around your pie dish, then placing the pan with the dough on it into a freezer bag and freezing them together. It's certainly more convenient for later, but you may have to ration out your space in the freezer. Whichever method you choose to use, may your pastries be ever flavorful and may your freezer overflow with the promise or yet unbaked pies.

But if you don't always feel like starting from scratch, don't worry. There are simple ways you can elevate a store-bought pie crust, too.