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Photo: Rachel Fairbank If you’re only an occasional baker, you might find yourself wondering what the difference is between all of the different pie pans. How will it affect how the pie turns out? Will you need to adjust your recipe? What about the bake times—does the type of pie pan change that? What kinds of pie pans are there? Most of us use whatever pie pan we have available. Growing up, my family had metal pie pans, so that was what we used. For holidays, when we needed to bake more pies than we had pans, we used disposable aluminum pans. When I moved out, I somehow ended up with a glass pie pan, which seems to have grown in popularity over the past few decades. I’ve been using this glass pie pan for years, churning out a number of highly respectable home-baked pies. I also own a cast iron skillet which, as I recently discovered, can also be put to use for baking pies. Other people will use a ceramic pie pan. There are some important differences to take into account when you’re either choosing which pie pan to use or trying to make use of what you have on hand. Depending on what you need, what your kitchen is stocked with, and what your comfort level is as a baker, you may prefer one type of pie pan over another. Here are some of the factors to take into account when you’re thinking about which pan […]