HOW DO I “BLIND BAKE” A PIE CRUST FOR A COLD FILL PIE?
If you don’t have or want to use pie weights, carefully prick the bottom and sides with a fork many times to prevent air bubbles. Don’t use a fork if your pie will be filled with a super moist filling, as the tiny holes will allow filling to soften the dough.
Note: You can store used dry beans or dry rice in a special container and mark it as pie weights. You can use them for additional blind baking sessions, but you should not consume them.