Northwest Cherry Pie Equipment

This is all the equipment we used in our kitchen to make the Northwest cherry pie, even the incidental stuff. Our kitchen equipment is bought on a limited budget and has to fit limited space. Let us know if we can help you equip your kitchen!

All our equipment photos link to Amazon so you can buy the same thing or something similar, but they’re just suggestions.

Kitchen scale

We recommend weighing the flour for the pie crust because the ratio to fat is important for the texture.

You can get away without a scale if you don’t have one. Measure your flour with cups, preferably by the spoon-and-level method.

Large bowl

We have nice Pyrex glass mixing bowls, but for many projects, we prefer this versatile knockaround stainless steel bowl.

Measuring spoons

These are essential. I like the stainless steel ones because they’re thin, but plastic will do.

Flexible spatula

A necessary kitchen tool for cooking or baking. You should probably buy a set of these so you can have several projects going at once.

Wax paper

Keep a roll of this in your drawer and you’ll find many uses for it. It costs less than the alternatives in most cases.

Pie pan 9″

We prefer glass pie pans to metal, mainly because they look cooler. They’re easier to clean, too.

If you’re going to be making pies, you should consider these expendable. Eventually, they’ll probably be returned…

Rolling pin

We prefer the traditional type of handled rolling pin with ball bearings for one reason: Your arms and hands won’t wear out as fast. Other people find greater accuracy with straight dowels or the tapered French style.

Aluminum foil

We keep two kinds in our drawer, regular and heavy duty. Use the regular for lining the pie crust.

Pie weights

We actually use two packages of ceramic pie weights. Without these, your bottom crust will bubble up during blind baking and there won’t be any room left for the filling!

If you don’t have pie weights, empty a bag of red kidney beans into the foil. You can use these more than once if you keep them in a dry place.


We prefer plastic colanders to metal. The linked one is really nice.

Mixing bowls

Here’s a set of Pyrex mixing bowls with lids. These are great multitaskers with tons of uses, including holding cherries.

Cutting board

This venerable old cutting board has seen quite a few cooking projects. You need a nice big one, and the drip groove is a nice feature.

Utility knife

This is a key purchase for your kitchen. If you have a good utility knife, you won’t regret it, because it does many jobs well.

Keep your knives sharp!

Microplane grater

This is the easiest way to make a fine zest, like you do with the lemon peel here.

If you don’t have one of these, you can use the fine side of a box grater.

Small strainer

There are a lot of ways to juice a lemon. We prefer to catch the seeds and pulp with a strainer. This tea strainer is cheap and useful to have in your tool drawer.

Large pan

This is a three-quart non-stick saucepan with a lid. It’s part of a matched set; you should have these in several sizes. There are lots of choices of styles and technologies, depending on how much you want to spend.

Nutmeg grater (optional)

This is a tool you might not have realized you needed until now. A fresh grind of nutmeg can wake up many recipes like this one.

Pastry cutter

This is part of a set of little plastic wheels. You could also put fluted edges on your dough pieces.

If you don’t have one of these, use a pizza cutter, or as the last resort, the dull side of a table knife.

Pastry brush

We just got this new one, and we highly recommend it!

If you don’t have one of these, just get a small clean paintbrush about an inch across. If you don’t have one of those, fold a paper towel up into a rectangle, and dip it.

Baking sheet

Buy a set of these and always cover them with foil or parchment when you use them, and they’ll last forever.

Cooling rack

Baked goods cool more evenly on racks. The linked ones with small squares are better than these for many applications, but you can also use these as roasting racks.

Ingredient Breakdown

Step-by-Step Instructions

Printable Recipe

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