ASK THE PUMPKIN EXPERTS
CAN I PREPARE PUMPKIN PIE IN ADVANCE AND FREEZE IT?
You can make the filling and pie shell ahead of time and freeze each separately for up to one month. When you’re ready to serve the pie, defrost the pumpkin filling, stir to make sure all ingredients are well mixed and then pour it into the frozen crust and bake as usual. If you use a glass pie plate, defrost the crust as well.
HOW DO I STORE A PUMPKIN PIE?
After baking, pie should be left at room temperature to cool for 2 to 4 hours. Within 4 hours, the pie should then be placed in the refrigerator and covered loosely with plastic wrap. Pie may be refrigerated for 2 to 3 days.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PUMPKIN PIE IS DONE BAKING?
To test if your pumpkin pie is done, insert a knife about 1 to 1½ inches from the center of the pie. If the knife comes out clean, your pie is done! If you see tiny bubbles around the edge of the pie, or filling that separates from the crust remove the pie from the oven immediately—these are signs of over-baking.
WHAT CAUSED MY PIE TO CRACK ON TOP AND WHY IS THE FILLING PULLING AWAY FROM THE CRUST?
The oven rack may be too close to the top heating element in the oven. This can cause filling to 'skin' and crack as it bakes and to settle slightly when cooling and pull away from the crust. Another possible reason is over-baking. Try reducing cooking time by 5 to 10 minutes. Also, for best results, bake the pie in the lower third of the oven.
CAN I USE AN EGG SUBSTITUTE OR EGG WHITES IN THE LIBBY'S® FAMOUS PUMPKIN PIE OR LIBBY'S® EASY PUMPKIN MIX?
Egg substitutes produce an acceptable pie; however, the flavor of the spices is not as strong. Egg whites are NOT recommended because the finished pie texture will be too soft.
CAN I USE A SUGAR SUBSTITUTE IN THE LIBBY'S® FAMOUS PUMPKIN PIE?
THE BLUE BRAND SWEETENER creates an acceptable pie, but the texture will be lighter and you may experience an “artificial sweetener aftertaste.” For the one 9-inch deep-dish pie shell recipe, omit the sugar from the recipe and use ¾ cup of granular product. Also, add an egg to the recipe, so you will be using 3 eggs instead of just 2.
THE YELLOW BRAND SWEETENER also creates an acceptable pie, but it, too, will produce a lighter texture and the possibility of an "artificial sweetener aftertaste." For the one 9-inch deep-dish pie shell recipe, still use the 2 eggs and ¾ cup of the granulated product.
HOW DO I MAKE SUBSTITUTIONS FOR THE EVAPORATED MILK USED IN LIBBY'S® FAMOUS PUMPKIN PIE?
You can substitute one 12-ounce can (1½ cups) of CARNATION® Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk OR CARNATION® Evaporated Fat Free Milk for the CARNATION® Evaporated Milk the recipe calls for. However, the pie will be slightly darker in color and will have a slightly more pronounced cinnamon, ginger and clove flavor.
You can also substitute one 14-ounce can of CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk for the CARNATION® Evaporated Milk called for in the recipe. However, this will result in a pie with a firmer texture and slightly sweeter taste. If you do make this substitution, be sure to OMIT the granulated sugar from the recipe.
To use CARNATION® Nonfat Dry Milk, reconstitute according to package directions. Substitute 1½ cups milk for one 12-ounce can (1½ cups) CARNATION® Evaporated Milk. We recommend mixing 1 tablespoon cornstarch with the granulated sugar and spices. Prepare pie as directed. This milk will produce acceptable results, but the pie texture will be softer than a pie made with evaporated milk. However, the cornstarch will aid in firming it up. The pie will also have a slightly more pronounced cinnamon, ginger and clove flavor.
To use whole Milk, 2% Milk, 1% Milk OR Skim Milk (Fat free): Substitute 1½ cups milk for one 12-ounce can (1½ cups) CARNATION® Evaporated Milk. We recommend mixing 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with the granulated sugar and spices and then prepare pie as directed. These milks will produce acceptable results, but the pie textures will be softer than a pie made with evaporated milk. However, the cornstarch will aid in firming it up. These pies will also have a slightly more pronounced cinnamon, ginger, and clove flavor.
If you want to use soymilk: Substitute 1½ cups milk for one 12-ounce (1½ cups) can CARNATION® Evaporated Milk. Soymilk pies will be slightly darker in color, the texture will be just slightly softer and maybe slightly sweeter than a pie made with evaporated milk.
If you want to use Lactose-Free Milks- (Whole, 2%, Fat Free): Substitute 1½ cups milk for one 12-ounce can (1½ cups) CARNATION® Evaporated Milk. We recommend mixing 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with the granulated sugar and spices and then preparing the pie as directed. These milks produce acceptable results; however, pies will be slightly sweeter with a softer texture.
If you want to use Rice Milk Substitute 1½ cups milk for one 12-fluid ounce can (1½ cups) CARNATION® Evaporated Milk. We recommend mixing 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with the granulated sugar and spices and then preparing the pie as directed. This milk will produce acceptable results, but the pie texture will be softer than a pie made with evaporated milk. However, the cornstarch will aid in firming it up. This pie will also have a slightly more pronounced cinnamon, ginger, and clove flavor.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR USING DIFFERENT TYPES OF PIE PLATES AND CRUSTS WHEN MAKING LIBBY'S® PUMPKIN PIE
Here's some helpful advice for using different types of pie plates and crusts when making LIBBY'S® Pumpkin Pie:
- Our classic pie recipe on the 15-ounce can is tailored to fill a 9-inch 'deep dish' crust with a 4-cup volume. To ensure your plate or pan meets this measurement, simply fill it with water – a standard 'deep dish' pie plate should hold 4 cups of water. You can use a homemade crust, a refrigerated pie crust, pie crust mix, or a frozen pie crust with this recipe.
- If you're using a 9-inch 'shallow' pie plate with a 2-cup volume, the recipe will yield enough for 2 pies.
- For 8" or 10" pie plates, you can follow the label directions with no changes to time or temperature.
- If you opt for a glass pie plate, no adjustments to time or temperature are necessary. Simply follow the label directions.
- When using a metal or foil pan, it's a good idea to place the pie on a preheated heavy-duty baking sheet for even baking throughout the entire baking time. (There's no need to adjust the oven temperature if you're using an Airbake cookie sheet.) Glass pie plates are great at conducting heat evenly, so this step isn't required.
- If you decide to prepare and freeze a homemade pie crust ahead of time, remember to defrost it before using if the crust was frozen in a glass pie plate. This precaution prevents the glass from shattering in a hot oven.
- For graham cracker crusts, keep in mind that they are generally not recommended for custard-type pies because they tend to burn easily. However, if you'd like to use this type of crust in our LIBBY'S® Famous 9-inch deep-dish Pumpkin Pie, you can make the switch by lowering the oven temperature and following these adjustments: Pour the filling into a pre-baked crumb crust and bake at 350°F for 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Regarding the dimensions for our Mini LIBBY’S® Famous Pumpkin Pies, you can find specific details and instructions in the recipe at this link: Mini LIBBY’S® Famous Pumpkin Pies Recipe. Happy baking!
WHAT CAN I SUBSTITUTE FOR THE SPICES IN LIBBY'S® FAMOUS PUMPKIN PIE?
1¾ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice may be substituted for the cinnamon, ginger and cloves. However, the taste will be slightly different – but still good!
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