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  • Do you remember the trip to the apple orchard that I took a couple of weeks ago? That trips was spurred by the need to get the absolute freshest fruit for my mission to bake an Apple Pie – something I had never done before. I didn’t know if it was supposed to be easy or hard to make apple pie, but I know the hardest part is to get the perfect crust (at least that’s what I’ve heard.) I figured that for my first time, I didn’t have to bake TOTALLY from scratch and used Pillsbury’s Refrigerated Pie Crusts to help ensure the perfect pie.

    About Pillsbury Pie Crusts

    Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie CrustsTo celebrate all that apple harvest brings, Pillsbury is encouraging families to join in the fun in a number of ways this fall.

    Get the family involved in making pies and other treats together.  Pillsbury Pie Crusts are an easy base for your favorite warm apple treats. Simply unroll into a pie plate, fill with your favorite variety of sliced apples and filling, and bake! From orchard to oven, Pillsbury Pie Crusts make apple pie baking simple with delicious results.

    The Review

    Once I had my Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts in hand (purchased from the refrigerated section at the grocery store) it was time to find a recipe. I thought that the Perfect Apple Pie recipe looked easy enough and had 4.5 stars out of 500+ reviews which made me think it must be pretty good. After selecting the recipe, I went to work and quickly realized why apple pie isn’t always the go-to pie of choice. Peeling, coring and slicing 6 apples is no joke. Maybe I wasn’t doing it the most efficient way (paring knife to peel, corer to core and slice, then slicing the slices into thinner apple slices) but from the get-go this apple pie became a labor of love.

    Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie CrustsThank goodness I didn’t have to do anything with the Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts. I simply let them sit out to room temperature and then went to work. First the bottom crust goes into the pie dish, making sure to press the dough into the edges. Even with my sharp fingernails, the dough didn’t tear or get to thin as it was molded into the proper shape. Next, I filled the dish with the apple mixture, and finally I topped it with the second crust (there are two crusts per box). I used a fork to mush the top and bottom crusts together and then sliced the holes into the top of the pie.

    Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie CrustsI baked the pie in the oven for about 40 minutes – being tantalized by the aroma of freshly baked apple pie for half of that time. I made sure to cover the edges of the crust with foil after the first 15 minutes to make sure they didn’t burn. I pulled open the oven door and took out the pie with my breath held, waiting to see how my first apple pie would look. It didn’t look bad at all (if I do say so myself.)

    The crust cooked up perfectly. It came out a lovely golden brown with totally unburnt edges (yay!) Both the top and the bottom were the right amount of crispness (not too hard or too soft) and they both had a lovely flake to them. Between the four of us, the pie lasted less than a day. My fellow testers were impressed that I was able to make such and edible pie.

    Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts

    I have to give credit to both Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts and the Pillsbury Perfect Apple Pie recipe for helping to increase my kitchen cred. I’m sure that had I tried to make the pie crust on my own, the outcome would’ve been very different. I don’t even have a rolling pin.

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    The WiC Project Pillsbury Pie Crusts Giveaway

    The Prize:

    One winner will receive a Pillsbury “Love the Pie” prize pack which includes a VIP coupon for a free sample of Pillsbury® Refrigerated Pie Crusts, a pie dish, and apple themed kitchen items.

    Pillsbury Prize

    To Enter:

    1. In the comments below, let me know one of your family’s fall harvest rituals ( such as going apple picking or baking a pie with freshly picked apples, etc.)
    2. For one bonus entry, “Like” Pillsbury’s “Love the Pie” on Facebook or follow Pillsbury’s “Love the Pie” on Twitter. Feel free to let them know The WiC Project sent you. :)
    3. For one more bonus entry subscribe to The WiC Project via reader or via email and/or “Like” The WiC Project on Facebook. Please leave a comment letting me know that you have.

    The Rules:

    Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST, November 15, 2010.

    Visit our Giveaway Rules page for general giveaway rules that also apply to this giveaway.

    Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. Your experience may be different. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive free products, information, and giveaway items from Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.

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    • Vanillacake718 says:

      for my family, we usually have a huge party and bob for apples. We bake pies from fresh picked pumpkins and make pumpkin bread. vanillacake718@yahoo.com

    • GoldenOrchard says:

      Our favorite fall harvest rituals is going to our local pumpkin patch and apple orchard to pick fresh apples and pumpkins!

    • GoldenOrchard says:

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    • Linda Henderson says:

      My family does like to go pick apples every year, we make a lot of pies and apple crisps.

    • Linda Henderson says:

      I like Love The Pie on Facebook as myself.

    • Linda Henderson says:

      I subscribe via reader & email.

    • Anonymous says:

      Our ritual is baking apple pies. Actually, I made one last night! Yum. Thanks.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m an email subscriber.

    • Anonymous says:

      We always go to the pumpkin patch every year.

    • Denise says:

      pie looks great–I don’t need to be included for the prize

      • Miriam T. says:

        Thanks for the compliment Denise. :)

    • McKim says:

      I always make apple pies and pumpkin pies. I used to always make a mincemeat pie for my dad. We also have zucchini muffins made with zucchini from our garden.

    • We enjoy going to the farmer’s market and picking out a pumpkin for pies!

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    • L. says:

      Our fall harvest ritual is making baked apples with cinnamon. LPoser1 [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Elle says:

      Well… making pie, of course! I used to think baking an apple pie was an elaborate affair. Until, my mother confessed her delicious and well known pie recipe was simple — and she’s used Pillsbury Refrigerated Crusts for YEARS. Love it! mamaellesays {at} gmail {dot} com

    • Elle says:

      I’m following like the pie on twitter! mamaellesays {at} gmail {dot} com

    • Reanne Burnett says:

      Your pie looks wonderful! My family goes to a semi-local orchard every year, and they have tractors that drag you out to pick apples, and a pumpkin coach ride that takes you out to pick your own pumpkins.

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    • Reanne Burnett says:

      I like “Love the Pie” on Facebook

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      I like the WiC on Facebook!

    • Slb3334 says:

      We use apples that we pick to make apple pies all year round as we freeze some.

    • Carol Harrity says:

      Our fall starts with fresh baked Apple/Pear pie and a Hearty meat stew.

    • My family and I always goto our local Apple Orchard and get the Honey Crisp apples as soon as they come on. That is our ritual.
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    • Soha Molina says:

      We go to the local pupkin patch every year

    • Soha Molina says:

      , “Like” Pillsbury’s “Love the Pie” on Facebook

    • Soha Molina says:

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    • Anonymous says:

      Our fall ritual is making homemade pumpkin pie
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    • Anonymous says:

      “Like” Pillsbury’s “Love the Pie” on Facebook-Rae Pavey
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    • stacy says:

      We go to a pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins.

    • stacy says:

      I subscribe via google reader and like WIC on FB.

    • stacy says:

      Liked Pilsbury on FB.

    • Kriste says:

      We love to bake Pumpkin Pies!

    • Kriste says:

      I am an email subscriber and Facebook fan.

    • debp says:

      We always go to our local farmers market to buy apples from local farmers. Then I make lots of recipes with apples in them.
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    • debp says:

      I am a email subscriber.
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    • debp says:

      I liked the pillsbury on FB.
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    • Guest says:

      we like to pick our on apples locally

    • Maynekitty says:

      Our fall ritual – Pears. We have to Bartlett Pear trees so in Sept we have: ginger pear pie, pear cobbler, pear clafouti, pear turnovers, pear butter, pear jam and anything we can think of with pears. I do use a ready made crust most of the time. Our kitchen is so small & the table is in the dining area so it is hard to find a good place to roll out crust.

    • Maynekitty says:

      Like Love the Pie on FB Kitty Mayne

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    • kt says:

      Baking apple pie!

    • kt says:

      Baking apple pie!

    • kt says:

      Baking apple pie!

    • kt says:

      Baking apple pie!

    • Paisley1370 says:

      My family always makes pecan pie together the day before Thanksgiving. We all have our roles and it always tastes Great!

    • Monique Rizzo says:

      We do go apple picking and than we can Applesauce and Apple Butter.
      Thanks for the chance.
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    • Denise B. says:

      We don’t have any fall rituals. We just do Halloween also known as All Saints Eve and do a little trick or treating and get ready for Thanksgiving preparations.

    • Cat says:

      My husband, Dad and I all hop on our motorcycles and take a long ride to go to the cider mill. It is a favorite tradition that we have created the past few years.

    • Cat says:

      I follow “Love_The_Pie” on Twitter

    • Cat says:

      I subscribe via email. Thanks!

    • MCantu1019 says:

      We go pick a few pumpkins, my daughter likes baking.

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    • Cheryl L says:

      This year my son picked out some apples from the store and made his first apple pie The apples were great but the crust didn’t turn out very well, I think it was over mixed!

    • Cheryl L says:

      Love_The_Pie I follow on twitter as @barginmom

    • Cheryl L says:

      I receive your emails.

    • Mk says:

      We did apples in honey.

    • Nicole-Lynn says:

      Great giveaway! My families favorite fall rituals are saying what we’re thankful for around the dinner table on thanksgiving day before dinner. I’m getting married soon and it’d be nice to start some thanksgiving rituals of our own! :)

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    • Nicole-Lynn says:

      I subscribe via email.

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    • EMMA L HORTON says:

      MOM HAS TO START CHECKING ALL HER CHRISTMAS ITEMS REALLY, REALLY EARLY IN THE FALL

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    • Melissa Zimmerman says:

      We go to the orchard

    • Melissa Zimmerman says:

      We go to the orchard

    • Melissa Zimmerman says:

      We go to the orchard

    • Latrice Jones says:

      i follow you

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    • Abstractrose says:

      We do something totally different as a Fall tradition! First, we get a family picture taken in the mountains. While we are up there, we find pinecones and bring them home and paint them for Christmas ornaments for the tree. (One year, we painted them Silver and Gold.) I think this year, we are going to find Acorns! Its’ a fun family outing!

      abstractrose at yahoo dot com

    • Benita says:

      We belong to an organics coop. We make pumpkin pie and apple charlotte.

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    • Benita says:

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    • chris says:

      going apple picking

    • Anonymous says:

      We always go to a local orchard and go apple picking!

    • Anonymous says:

      I like like the pie on FB!

    • Anonymous says:

      I subscribe by email!

    • PumpkinPoohBear says:

      Carving jackolanterns for Halloween.

    • Anonymous says:

      we just started going apple picking this yr, and we had so much fun
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    • Wehaf says:

      We have our own apple trees, so we like to make applesauce.

    • Mindi says:

      Our family fall harvest ritual is visiting our local apple orchard!

    • Mindi says:

      I follow Pillsbury’s “Love the Pie” on Twitter. @mae_01_sw

    • Mindi says:

      I like The WIC Project on facebook!

    • Anonymous says:

      We make chili

    • deb c says:

      We make homemade applesauce every year.
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    • deb c says:

      follow pillsbury’s love the pie on twitter-missdeb1
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    • bison61 says:

      the only fall ritual we have is going to our local farmers market for apples, squash and pumpkins

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    • sandra says:

      we bake apple pies

    • john albarado says:

      have a family gathering jdalbarado@charter.net

    • Shilo Beedy says:

      My husband makes apple pies which I always look forward to.
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    • Lorri Jeanne says:

      I can’t say we have any rituals. Just enjoy all the holidays I guess :)

    • Charbysue says:

      We pick all the apples off of our two trees and store them for the winter. We give extra to friends/family to enjoy.

    • Charbysue says:

      We pick all the apples off of our two trees and store them for the winter. We give extra to friends/family to enjoy.

    • Felecia says:

      We love to bake pies in the fall.

    • Felecia says:

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    • Kpmorph says:

      I wait for a crop of apples to be delivered to the grocery store. I won’t pick apples that have been there for awhile. I select the best ones and use them to make a pie. The freshest apples are the best.

    • Anonymous says:

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      we aklways go to the pumpkin patch

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    • Kim W says:

      We always have a big bon fire after doing the final harvest of our garden.
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    • Kim W says:

      I follow Love the Pie on twitter @Aerated.
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    • Kim W says:

      I subscribe to your blog via email. Thank you!
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    • Copperllama says:

      follow Pillsbury’s “Love the Pie” on Twitter
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    • Copperllama says:

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    • StephanieB says:

      We always go to a pumpkin patch before Halloween to get pumpkins and take pictures.

      stephanieb @ ourcouponhome dot com

    • Nancy says:

      We make lots of pies and eat them! :D

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    • Nancy says:

      I’m a GFC follower of your blog!

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    • Louis says:

      we went with the kids to a pumkin patch, carved pumpkins and decorated for halloween – now goin to decorate for thanksgiving

      Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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    • Louis says:

      I like Love the Pie on facebook (Louis Here)

    • Louis says:

      following @Love_The_Pie on twitter @left_the_stars

    • Deb K says:

      We like to go to the Apple Orchard and then make apple pies!

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    • Whit1966 says:

      We love fall decor. My favorite thing is buying bails of hay and decorating with pumkins and leaves, squash.
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    • samf36 says:

      The fall cleaning out of the garden and putting it to ” sleep” for the winter. The pumpkins, squash, and potatoes come and are stored for use when it gets cold

    • samf36 says:

      I liked Love the Pie on facebook.

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    • Terri says:

      I like to bake an apple pie.

      terriquitecontrary at gmail dot com

    • Anonymous says:

      We love to go apple picking

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    • Robyn Dones says:

      During the Fall, we do Saturday raking in the yard. At night, we build a fire and sip hot apple cider. Thank you for the chance to win.

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    • Billie R says:

      Oh we love pumpkins here! Pumpkin pie all the way is our tradition, but apple is a very close second! We like to roast the seeds if we have time as well. kekagel(at)yahoo.com

    • Billie R says:

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    • Happi Shopr says:

      No harvest rituals here. :(

    • Sue Farrell says:

      We have two apple trees in our yard—so we get to pick all the apples–sort them—then give the bad ones to the animals and make lots of apple crisp for us.

    • tnlibrarygal says:

      my family would take long drives to see all the different colored leaves.

    • Srgrant05 says:

      We always go to the pumpkin patch and after carving the pumpkins we make homade pumpkin pie and pumpkin seeds :0)

    • Srgrant05 says:

      I “like” Pillsbury’s “Love the Pie” on Facebook (Stephanie Petty-Grant)

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    • we do alot of baking

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    • Tonya Dean says:

      Ours is raking the leaves every weekend. We make huge piles and jump and play in them. Love to make leave tunnels. So much fun!

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    • Gardnmom17 says:

      Every year we go apple picking at a local orchard with our three children. They are 24,22 and 20, things haven’t changed too much. My boys enjoy juggling apples, they also see who can fit the most in their shirts( don’t worry we do pay for them), and we taste test to see which kind of apples we like best. We end up with atleast 60 apples. I always use pillsbury pie crusts, tastes like scratch. Apple dumplings with custard sauce is their favorite. We have been apple picking for 23 and a half years, and its always been enjoyable, with a lot of laughs.

    • Ewhatley says:

      My boss brings me key limes from his yard and I always make a Key Lime pie for Thanksgiving.

      ewhatley at embarqmail dot com

    • Diane Baum says:

      We go apple picking at the apple orchards

    • We like raking up leaves and jumping in them!

    • Stacy says:

      It’s not a tradition yet but just moved and our yard has a nice apple tree. I would love to learn how to can and make a tradition of making all kinds of apple products.

    • Vicki says:

      We like to get pumpkins and dry out the seeds for a snack! Thanks!

    • Vicki says:

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    • We like go to blueberry picking in July. aleksa91 hotmail com

    • meme says:

      We always go to the orchards and get lots of peaches and apples and other goodies to can for winter.

    • Jacque says:

      We like to make Banana bread,raisin pie, and choc pie and talk about who’s going to be here for thanksgiving and what we are going to make. Always fun! Thanks! jacquecurl1(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Jacque says:

      I subscribe by email.

    • meme says:

      I subscribred to your email.

    • Anonymous says:

      In the fall we love to bake pies! suelee1998 @ gmail.com

    • Cheryl F says:

      Our fall tradition is going to the pumpkin patch and picking out pumpkins and fall mums.

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    • Bobbi says:

      We always go apple picking Than its apple sauce, apple butter, apple brownies, apple pie, Apple everything for two weeks. nickbug2000@gmail.com

    • theyyyguy says:

      We bake butternut squash au gratin during the fall!

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    • Stacy says:

      One of our traditions for fall is having a fire in our fire pit the first cold night we have (which here in FL is usually not until November). Then we sit around the fire with hot cocoa and enjoy the warmth from the inside and out.

    • Anonymous says:

      we always bake cranberry bread in the fall
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    • Sarah Matos says:

      Our family ritual is collecting an assortment of beautiful leaves and pumpkin picking!

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    • Kkfoster35 says:

      We go to the pumpkin patch!
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    • Naddez says:

      My family love to baked apple pies with fresh apples from the market.

    • Naddez says:

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    • Naddez says:

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    • Hppv50 says:

      We dont have a ritual but id love to start one
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    • Hppv50 says:

      liked love the pie on facebook
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      subscribed via email
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    • JD Seattle says:

      We always come home with fresh fruit and make simple fruit cobblers/crisps. Fruit, sugar, flour and butter. Life is good.

    • JD Seattle says:

      I subscribe to The WiC Project via reader.

    • JD Seattle says:

      Following them on twitter… http://twitter.com/jdnorthwest/status/4368660302921728
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    • PinchingAbe says:

      We take our kids to the pumpkin patch for a day of fun and, of course, picking out that perfect pumpkin! It’s a fall treat since it is only open at that time.

      Thanks for the entry!

      iclipcoupons at gmail dot com

    • Jemr2 says:

      We love to go apple picking in the fall. We canned apple pie filling and made jars of apple butter for Christmas gifts this year. Delicious!

      Jemr2@aol dot com

    • M_piersall says:

      We love to go apple pickin in the fall and come home and make homemade applesauce..the smells go thru the house and it smell so good…I then make about 4 apple pies to freeze for the holidays. So all I have to do is take them out and bake them and they smell just as good as the day I made the. m_piersall@yahoo.com

    • Eaglesforjack says:

      I like your blog on facebook

    • Eaglesforjack says:

      I like pillsburys love the pie on facebook (mrstinareynolds) eaglesforjack@gmail.com

    • Erica C. says:

      Having pumpkin pie is one of our biggest fall rituals.

    • Anonymous says:

      Making caramel apples.

    • Ginny says:

      We go to the Cider Mill & we pick apples every year

    • Ginny says:

      “Like” Pillsbury’s “Love the Pie” on Facebook

    • Ginny says:

      I’m subscribed in google reader

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