As the holiday season fast approaches, I can’t help but think about all the wonderful food that comes with it. Nothing says, “Welcome to the holidays,” like a steaming cup of hot cocoa, a nice hot bowl of posole, those wonderful red chili tamales, or the ultimate — a slice of warm pumpkin pie. If your family is like mine, pie is a staple at any holiday gathering, and boy, is that last piece is highly coveted!
Did you know, that pies were originally brought to us by the Pilgrims? But not in the way we think of pie today. Pies were a means of airtight storage to carry and preserve fillings such as fowl, venison, or beef. Contrary to popular belief, we can be sure that there were no fruit pies at the first Thanksgiving.
Naturally, the early settlers would need a place to store these delicious treats that would be safe from the elements. Thus the advent of the Pie Safe, also called a meat safe. This unique piece of furniture, designed to store pies and other food items, was used before iceboxes came into fashion. An important item in the early American kitchen, the Pie Safe came into vogue in the mid 1700’s.
The Pie Safe is traditionally freestanding and made with long legs to keep its contents well away from the floor. “Crucita,” or “cross,” cutouts were used to promote ventilation and decrease excess humidity. The typical pie safe has two hinged doors and shelving within, although some have drawers as well.
Ernest Thompson’s Taos Pie Safe is a Northern New Mexican rendition of the old classic that would have been prevalent in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. The safe pictured below is made out of standing dead wood and museum antiqued, with crucita cutouts for ventilation. Another version includes punched tin panels inset into the doors and is burnished with river rock. It can be made in a color of your choice and is well suited for any living room, bedroom or dining room.
Stop by Ernest Thompson to see how we can help you keep your pies safe this holiday season!