These tricks will make holiday baking so much easier.
This article originally appeared on Real Simple
1. Crust Crimper
No time for fancy fluting? Grab a set of tongs and try this simple, kid-friendly hack: After laying the crust into the pie plate, use the top arm of a set of tongs to gently press a half-crescent design onto the edge. Repeat, overlapping slightly, to create a quick scalloped pattern.
2. Easy Apple Corer
Need to prep apples in a flash? Use a melon baller. The tool’s sharp edge handily scoops out a core.
Related: 26 Tempting Apple Desserts
3. Crust Protector
Banish over-browned edges with a disposable pie tin. Cut out the bottom and place the ring upside down on top of your crust to shield it during baking.