Easy Make-Ahead Freezer Pie Crust

You can use this pie crust frozen; no need to defrost it first!

Serves: 8Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄8 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄3 cup shortening


  • In a food processor, combine flour and salt. Add shortening and pulse until mixture has a mealy texture. Add 3 tablespoons water to mixture and pulse about 5 times. Check consistency by pinching together the mixture with your fingers. If it holds together, you have the right amount of water. If it doesn’t hold together, continue to add water until it does.
  • Roll dough into a ball. On a floured surface, roll dough into a 12-inch circle. Place rolled out dough into a 10-inch aluminum pie tin. Crimp outside edge of crust by pinching crust all the way around so it forms a wavy line. As an alternative to crimping, use a fork and press down outside edge of pie into side of pan, leaving tine marks along the edge. Wrap well with plastic wrap and freeze.
  • Use frozen pie crust according to pie recipe.