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Smucker’s, Pie Crust, and a giveaway

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The first part of November, I was able to go to the Headquarters of Smucker’s in Ohio.  I must admit this is one of the fun parts of being a food blogger.  Now Smucker’s is more that jam and ice cream toppings.  They owner other big brands such as Crisco, Jif, Hungry Jack, Folger’s, and Eagle. Today I am sharing Smucker’s, Pie Crust, and a giveaway!

We got to see their research and development along sensory testing for their products.  We also got to get our hands dirty and make pie crust, ice cream, along with cookies.  I also learned tips from their food stylist and photographer which was really fun and I learned a lot.  However, the highlight of my trip was meeting Kelsey Nixon and making a video with her giving us tips it.

No foodie trip would be complete without eating at some yummy restaurants too.  I enjoyed a  pizza artichoke hearts, wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted peppers, house marinara, mozzarella and boursin cheese from Bricco one night.  Then ate Chef Rocco Whalen’s Fahrenheit restaurant.  I had shrimp and lobster pad thai and sampled some pumpkin ravioli – let me just say AMAZING!

The trip was so fun. I always enjoy meeting new people and learning new things. Also, I got to meet up with my good friend Melissa from Stockpiling Moms and finally got to meet Kate from Our Best Bites. I also will be sharing some of the yummy recipes I have tried while in Ohio sometime in the near future.

I do have the pie crust recipe for you all today at the bottom of the post. The picture was one that I styled and their photographer shot for me.

Now don’t feel left out, Smucker’s has been nice enough to provide a gift basket to give away to one lucky reader. The package includes:

  • Crisco Baking Sticks- Butter
  • Crisco Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Dunkin’ Seasonal- Mocha Mint
  • Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk- New Pop-top lid
  • Folgers Small Red Can
  • Folgers Stick Pack
  • Hungry Jack Easy Pack Pancake Mix- Funfetti
  • Hungry Jack Easy Pack Pancake Mix- Wildberry
  • Jif Natural Peanut Butter- 18 oz. Jif-To-Go Creamy- 3/pk
  • Martha White Blueberry Muffin Mix
  • Millstone K-Cup- Hazlenut
  • Natural Peanut Butter Stirrer
  • Pillsbury Easy Frost- Cream Cheese
  • Pillsbury Pumpkin Cookie Mix
  • Smucker’s Orange Marmalade
  • Smucker’s Orchard’s Finest- Strawberry
  • Uncrustables Sandwich Keeper
  • Uncrustables VIP Coupons (2)
  • Smucker’s Hot Caramel Topping
  • Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • White Lily All-Purpose Flour

To enter, leave a comment telling me the product from the basket that you are most excited about.  You have until Tuesday Nov. 15 at midnight (MST) to enter.

Classic Crisco Pie Crust

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  • 1 ⅓ cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ stick well-chilled Crisco® Baking Sticks All-Vegetable ShorteningOR 1/2 cup well-chilled Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening chilling the crisco is one of the tricks!
  • 3 to 6 tablespoons ice cold water


  • BLEND flour and salt in medium mixing bowl.
  • CUT chilled shortening into 1/2-inch cubes. Cut in chilled shortening cubes into flour mixture, using a pastry blender, in an up and down chopping motion, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some small pea-sized pieces remaining.
  • SPRINKLE half the maximum recommended amount of ice cold water over the flour mixture. Using a fork, stir and draw flour from bottom of bowl to the top, distributing moisture evenly into flour. Press chunks down to bottom of bowl with fork. Add more water by the tablespoon, until dough is moist enough to hold together when pressed together.TIP - Test dough for proper moistness by squeezing a marble-sized ball of dough in your hand. If it holds together firmly, do not add any additional water. If the dough crumbles, add more water by the tablespoonful, until dough is moist enough to form a smooth ball when pressed together.
  • SHAPE dough into a ball for single pie crust. Divide dough in two for double crust or double deep dish crust, one ball slightly larger than the other. Flatten ball(s) into 1/2-inch thick round disk(s).TIP -For ease in rolling, wrap dough in plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes or up to 2 days.
  • ROLL dough (larger ball of dough for double crust pie) from center outward with steady pressure on a lightly floured work surface (or between two sheets of wax or parchment paper) into a circle 2-inches wider than pie plate for the bottom crust. Transfer dough to pie plate by loosely rolling around rolling pin. Center the rolling pin over the pie plate, and then unroll, easing dough into pie plate.
  • Trim edges of dough leaving a 3/4-inch overhang. Fold edge under. Flute dough as desired. Bake according to specific recipe directions or use one of the methods below.
  • Two Methods for Pre-baking Pie Crusts (Cream Pies)1.Pre-baking without weights: Thoroughly prick bottom and sides of unbaked pie dough with fork (50 times) to prevent it from blistering or rising. Bake crust in lower third of oven, at 425°F, 10-12 minutes or until edges and bottom are golden brown.2.Pre-baking with weights: Thoroughly prick bottom and sides of unbaked pie dough with fork (50 times) to prevent it from blistering or rising. Chill or freeze for 30 minutes. Line pie dough snugly with foil or parchment paper. Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake at 375°F for 20 minutes. Remove foil and weights. Reduce oven to 350°F. Bake 5-10 minutes or until edges and bottom are golden brown.
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  3. Wow, that basket is crammed full! We actually have Smuckers “factory” here in Chico, CA, and I love everything Smuckers! I’m most excited about the natural peanut butter and the olive oil in the basket.

  4. Wow! what a great gift basket. I would love to try the pancake mixes, they sound like fun flavors.

  5. Hi! It sounds like you had a fabulous time! I also love Kelsey, miss her when she was with Shelf Reliance, but excited for her success. 🙂 I would love to have the peanut butter with honey. I’m a HUGE peanut butter fan and their creamy honey brand is my MOST favorite, plus peanut butter has gone up 40% so to get a can for free would be great. Hope I win. Thank you for putting on this wonderful giveaway!

  6. I’m pretty excited about Smucker’s caramel sauce. I LOVE caramel so much. Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. We always can use more peanut butter at my house . . . would love to try the different varieties 🙂

  8. Yum…what fun! I would love all of the products but guess I am most eager to try the jams. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. I really enjoy the Millstone K-cups and the Smucker’s hot caramel topping. Have used both and they are really good.

  10. So much in that basket is just asking to have a blast in the kitchen! I would love so many of the items, but I’ll narrow it down to the pumpkin cookie mix.

  11. What a great basket! It’s hard to narrow it down, but I’m excited about the marmalade and the uncrustable keeper 🙂

  12. We are all peanut butter lovers at my house! I’ve been thinking I’d like to try some of the healthier, natural peanut butters. And these even come with a special stirrer! Count me in!

  13. The wildeberry pancake mix – my husband prefers box pancakes to homemade (for some odd reason) and I’d love to try this one.

  14. I just saw the Funfetti pancake mix at the store the other day and have been thinking I should have gotten it ever since–I would love to try it!

  15. I would love the Smucker’s Hot Caramel Topping! I have a cookie bar recipe that calls for it both in the bar, and in the glaze. It’s main ingredients include, pecans, white chocolate chips, cream cheese, maple syrup, and, of course, the caramel topping. It is a delicious dessert that is perfect for the upcoming holidays!

  16. I think the crisco butter so I can use them to try out your yummy pie crust recipe! 🙂 thanks!

  17. I love crisco baking sticks and with the Holidays coming up winning the basket would be great!

  18. Peanut butter!! My husband says the price is going to go up on that, so I’d love to get some more to stock up on for free! 😀

  19. The the Jif to go Creamy. I by these for care packages to send to my grsndson who is in the Navy. They are neat and compact and easy to carry around with tem, not like the big jar. Also sen a variation of crackers along with…

  20. I can’t wait to try the Smucker’s Orchard’s finest – Strawberry. Thank you for the giveaway!

  21. I would love to try the all purpose white Lily flour.. I’ve seen it recommended in a lot of recipes lately…

  22. I haven’t tried creamy natural peanut butter so I would like to try that. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  23. I would love the pancake mixes. My granddaughter would have a lot of fun with these. I would love to give this basket to my daughter-in-law who is expecting baby #2 this Christmas!

  24. I would LOVE to try the Dunkin Mocha Mint, but am also in need of the natural peanut butter stirrer. Actually….I LOVE the entire basket!!
    GREAT giveaway!!

  25. I would try the Hungry Jack Easy Pack Pancake Mix- Funfetti. I never knew there were funfetti pancakes. My family would love them

  26. All of this is perfect for holiday baking. But we could always use extra peanut butter around here, any time of year!

  27. That Smuckers Hot Caramel Sauce is calling my name! This basket is a great start to my holiday baking!

  28. My daughter would love Funfetti Pancake mix – wow – haven’t seen that yet! This looks like a fabulous basket of goodies!

  29. I’m most excited to try the sweetened condensed milk. I have a Key Lime Pie recipe that calls for it. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  30. What an awesome giveaway basket!!!
    The caramel topping. I totally want to eat it by the spoonful right now!

  31. I’m excited about the Hungry Jack Easy Pack Pancake Mix- Funfetti, I’ve never heard about it and it sounds different and fun.

  32. When I saw a giveaway I thought “okay, I’ll look, but it’s probably not something I’ll want.” But, then I got excited about a gift-basket of all the products I love. However, I’m most excited about the Crisco Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

  33. This is so hard to choose! I am salivating just reading through the list. The funfetti pancake mix looks like the best way to start your day!

  34. As crazy as it sounds the item I’d be most excited about would be….The sweetened condensed milk with the pop top lid. My can opener always get sticky when I have to open a can of this. It would save on time and just make things easier,

  35. It’s hard to choose, but who wouldn’t love sweetened condensed milk with a pop top?! Hello! 🙂

  36. I would love the sweetened condensed milk, and so would my husband. He loves that stuff. 🙂

  37. I am axious to try the Jif-to-go cups from my Grandson, and the Natural Peanut Butter Stirrer for my son who uses Natural Peanut Butter.

  38. Oh my gosh…It is so hard to choose, but if I had to choose just one, it would have to be the Millstone K-Cup- Hazlenut!
    What an awesome giveaway!! Thank you 🙂

  39. I am most excited about the pumpkin cookie recipe! I Love anything pumpkin and would be nice to have a quick dessert for the kids!!

  40. I would love to try the flavored pancake mixes. I am a lover of pancakes, but have never tried the flavored kind. I also wouldn’t mind trying the pumpkin cookies.

  41. mmmm….Dunkin’ Mocha Mint!!! Now that’s exciting! Although, my little guy would say the Funfetti Pancake mix would be the most exciting. LOL

  42. I am excited about the peanut butter mixer!! I always use a butter knife and it gets oil spilling out the sides!! I had no idea they made an actually tool!

  43. The Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk- New Pop-top lid. Hopefully no more oozing all over when I open the can!

  44. I am not going to lie, I am excited about the coupons and I want to try the Pilsbury easy frost cream cheese

  45. I would love the Peanut Butter ! With 3 growing boys in my home, we can NEVER have enough !!!

  46. Wow. Hard to pick one thing I am most excited about. I use ALL of those products. With the holidays approaching the buter sticks, sweetened condensed milk, flour etc… Would sure be nice!

  47. Funfetti Pancake mix and pumpkin cookie mix?!? How cool! Yeah, definitely want to try those!! 🙂

  48. I’d be most excited about the Jif to Go pack. My husband eats PB by the spoonful. These seem perfect for him!

  49. I’d be most excited about the Jif to Go pack. My husband eats PB by the spoonful. These seem perfect for him!

  50. I’m excited for all the peanut butter! I live in a pb addicted house. Our lab is the worst. He’d eat a jar a day if we let him.

  51. I’m excited for all the peanut butter! I live in a pb addicted house. Our lab is the worst. He’d eat a jar a day if we let him.

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