Like carpenters, pie makers improve with age. Granny's pie is usually the first to go, right?.
Our favorites are made by women of a certain age, who have remembered important secrets, but still think the Internet is the lining of a shower cap.
One of the best: "letting off steam". Great pies are often allowed to breathe through a ceramic pie bird like ours. The sweet smelling steam escapes through the beak of the bird, and prevents the filling from boiling over. It also slows the process a bit, which softens rough edges, and also improves Vermont Life.
Our bird is 3.5 " tall.