Using ceramic pie weights is fairly simple. But a visual helps with confidence in using products in the home kitchen. So if you’re wanting a picture of how to use ceramic pie weights, this is for you.
Other names for pie weights: baking beans or baking beads.
Four steps for how to use ceramic baking beads
In four steps…
Ceramic Baking Beads which you can get at Amazon
Step 1. Rinse. The pie weights will do with a good rinsing with water before first use, just to make sure to remove any dust that may have collected in manufacturing or transport; and then air dry.
Step 2. Blind baking. Line the pie crust with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to the correct temperature. Place the pie weights on top of the parchment. Make sure to evenly distribute the beads from edge to edge and avoid clumping them in the center.
Step 3. Bake in oven. You can use these beads up to 480℉ (250℃). Bake until the crust edges start to brown or according to the recipe then remove the pie crust from the oven.
Step 4. Remove and clean the beads. They will be hot to touch. Take the weights out of the crust carefully by scooping a few off with a spoon and putting them into a dish to cool. Then lift off the remainder with the parchment paper. Grab the corners of the parchment and ensure the beads are held within and won’t drop out. (You can then return the crust to the oven so that it crisps and browns all over.) Let the beads cool a little and then wash with mild detergent and warm water to remove any oil. Rinse and let air dry before storing.
Tip: Remove oil from the beads so they don’t burn and smoke the next time you use them. Burnt oil will tarnish the beads and they’ll look yellow or worse, black.