A Pie Bird

Today for Weird Bird Wednesday, I have a Pie Bird:

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Did you know that a pie bird is a hollow ceramic device, originating in Europe that is shaped like a funnel, chimney or upstretched bird with open beak used for supporting or venting a pie?!

According to Wikipedia, “Pie funnels were used to prevent pie filling from boiling up and leaking through the crust by allowing steam to escape from inside the pie. ย They also supported the pastry crust in the center of the pie, so that it did not sag in the middle, and are occasionally known as “crustholders”. Older ovens had more problems with uniform heating, and the pie bird prevented boil-over in pie cooking.

Funnel-style steam vents have been placed in the center of fruit and meat pies during cooking since Victorian times; ceramic bird shapes came late in the 1940’s.”

Recently, the “pie bird” has become popular as gifts and collector’s items rather than as a kitchen tool.

Do you have a favorite pie?ย  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Pie Eating!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

46 responses to “A Pie Bird

  1. Love this. I want a pie bird. Thanks for sharing. And yours is adorably jilly!!! ๐Ÿ˜œ

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  2. He’s singing cherries! Although my favorite is pecan. My grandmother made the best. (K)

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  3. This is your best bird!! Love the soft edging, the collage and cherry red ,the whimsical and happiness of it! I am always interested in pie that has not been eaten by me and in particular hot apple pie with cheddar on top on a cold day! xo Johanna

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    • Thanks Johanna! ๐Ÿ˜ I had fun! Did you notice that I tucked the math symbol for “Pi” under his wing? I like to throw in an element of surprise to see if anyone notices.. Hehe! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have never had apple pie with cheddar cheese on top – I imagine it’s delish! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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  4. So sweet. And they almost look like musical note cherries! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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  5. Always love your Wednesday posts!

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  6. How interesting! Love your pie bird, Jill. My fave is apple pie yum!

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  7. I have a little ceramic red pie bird. I’ve never used it, but love having it in my kitchen. I love nearly all fruit pies…except apple I can walk away from an apple pie, but my favorite pie of all time is Rhubarb. My Mom makes a killer Rhubarb pie. 2nd favorite is Rhubarb with Strawberries.

    Your little pie bird is adorable!

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    • That is so neat you have a pie bird, Deborah! โค๏ธ I saw some really cute ones online. ๐Ÿ˜Š I like fruit pies a lot too. Rhubarb does make a delicious pie! And adding strawberries makes it even better, I agree! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  8. Your bird is so cute, and I love the cherries!

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  9. A pie bird, well I learned something new today. Thank you Jill. I do like your version. A happy bird for sure. Who wouldn’t be sitting in a pie!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Hehhe I love this cuite pie birdie ๐Ÿ˜
    Specially, I like his beak and cherries too ๐Ÿ’

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  11. Your weird birds are always awesome! I’ve seen pie birds before. They’re very cute. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think all pies are my favorite pies. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  12. Everyone on the planet needs a pie bird!! This is awesomely clever and adorable. I want one!! ๐Ÿ˜

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  13. Well at first glance I saw a rabbit…..then I thought no this is a bird? Then I saw a fish!! Ahhhhh I’m looking for the bird!! Finally saw the bird! So this is really a fishy rabbit bird!?? Pie…..YES please!! Just not cherry pie thank you! Oh warmed up with ice cream….yummmm! Of course a spot of tea as well!

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    • Lol! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But did you see the math symbol for Pi under the bird’s wing?! I do see a fish but not a rabbit! I wonder what you are drinking in that tea of yours? Hehe! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ All this talk of pie and I had to order a piece of key lime to go after dinner out! ๐Ÿ’šโœจ๐Ÿˆ

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  14. Rhubarb. And I love your bird.

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  15. So sweet. And they almost look like musical note cherries!

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