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Monday
Jul222013

Say it with pie - Piebox & Mighty Nest Giveaway

I’m known for carrying pies around town in creative and/or interesting methods. I like to bake them and I love bringing them places and I really love giving them as gifts.

Too bad I didn’t have one of these cool Pieboxes when I brought Audra (preserving genius over at Doris & Jilly Cook blog) and her hubs Andrew a gluten-free blueberry pie. I lived in Brooklyn, they in Philly. I used my old pie-in-the-canning-rack move; that was interesting. Two subways, a half-zillion stairs, one bumpy bus ride and a trolley ride later, I had blueberry pie filling on my shorts, but remained for the most part unscathed by my cross-state pie transit endeavor.

I love the story behind how Piebox came to be almost as much as I love the box itself. I’ve never had to worry about throw-away waste when transporting my pies (just subway jumbles and other transit snags), but if I were a pastry chef like the the co-creator of Piebox, I’d have set to work to figure out how to cut out the waste loop in pie transport. She employed her handy beau and together they came up with this.

Here’s the official info, from their site: PieBox™ is a reusable raw pine box designed to safely transport pie. Whether you’re driving, biking, busing or even just walking, PieBox will keep your pie safe and intact wherever you go.

Every PieBox is handcrafted in Chicago and made from chemical-free, raw pine. PieBox measures 11”x11”x4” and accommodates up to a 9” deep-dish pie.

(I will add that if using the included 9.5” pie plate, you’ll need to make sure your crust doesn’t extend beyond the edges of the plate because the box encases the pie plate snugly and will chip off any fancy overage you might have. This is so that the pie doesn’t slide around in there, I’m assuming.)

There are also a couple of totally reusable pie accoutrements in this kit; a maple wood pie server tool and an Anchor-brand, 9.5” pie plate. You get the chance to win the whole set by entering via the form below!

Giving someone a homemade pie is one of the dearest gifts one can make. Recipients who don’t bake get to eat amazing pie that knocks store bought out of the park; recipients who do bake know exactly how much work went into that pretty pie and are doubly grateful.

When I was chatting with Annie over at Mighty Nest, she discussed how cool it would be to circulate a Piebox in a Pie-it-Forward kind of way. What a cool idea to send a pie-telegram (in person, of course) using a library-check-out-form scenario on the inside lid of the box to track the pie-love progress, each recipient receiving a pie out of the blue turns around and makes a pie for someone else and keeps the cycle going. Names of happy pie recipients add up on the box’s sheet. It might be hard to gauge which of your friends will actually bake a pie and keep the box going around, but receiving the box might just spur those who’d like to give it a try into action. So, grab your fave pie book and get to brainstorming whose week you’ll make. I’d love to hear about it if you end up trying this idea out! 

Marisa over at Food in Jars is also offering up another set of chances to win this kit, plus (big plus!) she’s also sending her winner a jar of her homemade pie filling! Get on over there and enter, too.

I haven’t been a big canner of pie fillings this year (we’re on a sweet preserves hiatus until we eat down the pantry’s existing stash of sweet jars…) But, because we want you to make a pie and bring it over to someone’s house, I’m going to do the work of assembling the flours and dry ingredients for my gluten-free crust recipe and will send it directly to the lucky winner of the Piebox set here on my site.

So, to recap: Use the Rafflecopter form below for a bunch of chances to win a Piebox and complete pie serving kit from Mighty Nest, plus I’ll send the winner a pretty Weck jar full of the dry ingredients for my gluten-free pie crust.

Enter by Sunday, July 28 at 11am CST:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosures: Mighty Nest provided me with a complimentary Piebox and pie serving set and Weck jars. They will be mailing the winner’s piebox set and covering the cost of me shipping gluten-free crust ingredients to you. Opinions and support for this product are my own.

Reader Comments (129)

I love the gluten free recipes. Thank you!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

What an awesome kit! I'd love to carry my homemade pies around in it :)

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMel

If I coud send a homemade pie to anyone it'd be my fiance's grandma. She loves my homemade jams & jellies & I bet she'd enjoy a surprise pie!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarilla

This looks like a great solution! I don't transport pies often, but for cakes I've taken to serving them on cheesecake pans which are a bit bigger than the cake so I can use the side piece to protect the cake.

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVal

I can't wait to try this gf piecrust. Mine have been yucky and clunky.

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelene

If I could send a pie to anyone, I wish I could send one to my grandma. She despaired of me ever learning to can or make a pie crust. Still working on the pie crust, miss you grandma.

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelene

I would send a pie to my mother. She was a caring woman and, even if at some point money was tight, we never went hungry to school or to bed. Sending this pie to her and letting her taste something I made would be a great satisfaction. Thank you for the giveaway.

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHector

My grandmother in heaven because I miss her pecan pie!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodi Monroy

I would send the homemade pie to my college roommate in honor of the weekly midnight pie runs we made to House of Pies as undergrads. Thanks for the giveaway!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJiin-Yu

I would send one to my Mom, she spent hours with me as a child teaching me to make apple pie the way her dutch grandmother did (the secret is sharp cheddar).

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrittney

I would most certainly send a pie to my grandfather. I know he would enjoy every last bite.

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca f.

I would send a homemade pie to my friend Susie in the UK because I miss her! A pie with a flaky, buttery crust filled with ripe Georgia peaches.

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSacha

I would take a pie to my room mate from college because I haven't seen her in too long and she just had a new grandbaby and she can share it with her family.

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth F

lovely contest! I am keen to try your gluten free pie crust!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSOLE food Shauna

I would send a pie to my parents as they live halfway across the country.

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjonquil

I love these boxes! Just froze a lot of berries so I'd be stoked to make a pie :)

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLizi B

I would send a pie to my pal Alisa in Paris. We have been friends forever but have been on opposite ends of the earth for quite some time. She is actually the expert baker and runs a small business in Paris (www.sweetpeaparis.com). Miss her terribly! Pie could make the distance shrink.

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermercy azarcon

I would send a pie to a far away friend who could use a pick-me-up right about now.

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteralissa

I would send a pie to my friend in Atlanta. Love the pie box!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim McCallie

I would send a blueberry pie to my brother in Oregon. I know they have good blueberries up there, but they don't have MY pies :)

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMollie

I would make a sour cherry pie for my brother, who loves them so much he used to ask for one every year in lieu of a birthday cake.

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

This is genius! I would send a pie to my sweet friend Sharon who has perfected the freezer pie crust. She whips out quiches and berry pies like it's nothing. It would be fun to show her what I've learned in her kitchen. :)

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulianne

Love this! I never have a good way to carry pies. Thanks for the giveaway!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaribeth

I love the circulating idea! If I win I will totally start this in Austin!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKeri

I would send a pie to my children's grandmother who does not get around very well... I would have to ask her what her favorite is!

July 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

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