Pie weights prevent air pockets, crust shrinkage, and underbaked dough, issues that are especially common when blind baking. Blind baking a crust prevents a soggy pie bottom, which does not provide those picture-perfect layers of pie crust, filling, and topping in a perfectly triangular pie slice. Pie weights are the one saving grace to this soggy bottom fiasco and especially come in handy for pie fillings that cannot be baked at all.
TKS – Pie Chain Stainless Steel
This chain of stainless steel weights is designed to prevent pie shells from shrinking while blind-baking, replacing dried beans, rice, and individual ceramic weights