Today for Weird Bird Wednesday, I have a Pie Bird:
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. 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? I’d love to hear from you!
Happy Pie Eating! 🙂