What kinds of store bought pie crusts need to be Pas Yisroel? Are there any kinds of pie crusts that will become Pas Yisroel once I bake them at home?
The OK responds:
Any fully baked pie crust must be made Pas Yisroel during the actual manufacturing process. A common example of a fully baked pie crust is graham cracker crusts. For those who are makpid on Pas Yisroel, they should only buy a graham cracker or other fully baked crust that states “Pas Yisroel” on the label.
Par baked (also known as under baked) crusts CAN be made Pas Yisroel at home when baked by a Shomer Shabbos person. A par baked crust is usually frozen and often says “par baked” or “bake at home” on the label. This type of pie crust needs a reliable kosher symbol, but does not have to be Pas Yisroel since it can still be made Pas Yisroel when baked by a Shomer Shabbos person.
A completely raw pie crust or pie dough can also be made Pas Yisroel at home when baked by a Shomer Shabbos person. This type of crust is generally frozen and includes instructions to bake fully at home. This type of pie crust needs a reliable kosher symbol, but would not state Pas Yisroel on the label since the term Pas Yisroel is only applicable when the product has been baked.
Please note: OK policy requires a frum Jew to turn on the fire for Pas Yisroel and Bishul Yisroel products.