Monday, June 22, 2015

Blueberry Pie Filling

Are you wondering what to do with all those yummy blueberries?  Why not make a pie.  Blueberry Pie is a delicious treat on a cold winter day.  This Pie Filling also makes a great topping for ice cream or other desserts.

Ingredients Needed:

For 1 Quart
For 7 Quarts
Fresh Blueberries
3 ½ cups
6 quarts
Granulated Sugar
¾ cup plus 2 tbsp
6 cups
¼ cup plus 1 tbsp
2 ¼ cups
Water or Juice
1 cup
7 cups
Bottled Lemon Juice
3 ½ tsp
½ cup
Red Food Coloring
1 drop
7 drops
Blue Food Coloring
3 drops
20 drops

Food Coloring is optional.
Using Berry or Fruit Juice instead of water adds more flavor to the pie filling.
  1. Wash and drain blueberries. 
  2. Place 6 cups of berries at a time in a pot of boiling water and heat 1 minute.  Repeat until all berries are heated.
  3. Place heated berries in a bowl and cover to keep warm.
  4. Combine sugar and Clear-Jel in a large stainless steel pot. Stir together. 
  5. Add water or juice, and if using; add food coloring. 
  6. Cook on medium high heat until mixture thickens and begins to bubble. 
  7. Add lemon juice and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. 
  8. Fold in berries. 
  9. Fill pint or quart jars, gently pressing down as you go, leaving a generous 1 inch head space. 
  10. Wipe rims of jars with a wet paper towel to ensure a good seal.
  11. Put on lids and rings and tighten down finger tight.
Place jars in hot water in your canner.  Make sure water covers the jars by 1 to 2 inches.  

Process in a boiling water bath for 30 minutes for both pints and quarts.  Adjust time for your

Recommended process time for Blueberry Pie Filling in a boiling water canner.
 Process Time at Altitudes of
Style of PackJar Size0-1,000 ft1,001-3,000 ft3,001-6,000 ftAbove 6,000 ft
HotPints or Quarts30 min354045

When time is up, turn off heat and wait 5 minutes before taking jars out of canner.  Cool on counter for 24 hours.  Label and Store.