Baking blind means baking an unfilled pie crust. Already baked pie crusts are used with unbaked pies like cream and ice cream pies. Use the following methods to insure your crust will hold its shape during baking.
Begin by making your homemade pie crust. In a medium to large mixing bowl, cut the chilled shortening into the chilled flour/salt mixture with a pastry blender. Two knives being used in a scissors fashion will work as well. A food processor or stand mixer may also be used according to the appliance manual. The mixture should resemble little pearls.
Pie Crust Recipe