Monday, August 9, 2010



This is an excellent way to can blueberries for a quick and easy pie. Cost less than those store bought pie fillings!


7 quarts fresh blueberries
4 1/2 cups white sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon salt
10 cups water, divided
1 cup cornstarch


Place the blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, salt, and 8 cups of water into a large, non-reactive pot, and bring to a boil over high heat. Dissolve the cornstarch in the remaining 2 cups of water, and stir into the boiling blueberries until thickened. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more.
Ladle into 7 sterilized quart jars with lids and rings. Process in a pressure canner for 5 minutes at 5 pounds of pressure. Remove jars from the canner and place on cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press top of each lid with finger, ensuring that seal is tight (lid doesn't move up or down at all). Sealed jars can be stored for up to a year. Recipe Yield 7 quart jars
Recipe by Patricia Canerdy


This is great to do when apples are abundant. Cost less than those store bought pie fillings and easier than making pies to freeze.


4 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
10 cups water
3 tablespoons lemon juice
7 quarts peeled, cored and sliced apples


Place a rack in the bottom of a large stock pot. Fill pot with hot water. Sterilize 7 1-quart canning jars, 7 lids, and 7 rings by placing on rack, jars upright. Bring water to a boil. Boil 10 minutes. Remove with a holder and allow jars to air-dry. Save water for processing apples.
Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and water in a large saucepan. Place over high heat and cook until thick and bubbly, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.
Tightly pack apples into sterilized jars. Slowly pour syrup over apples, covering them completely. Gently tap jars on countertop to allow air bubbles to rise. Screw lids on jars.
Carefully lower jars into pot using a holder. Leave a 2 inch space between jars. Add more boiling water if necessary, until tops of jars are covered by 2 inches of water. Bring water to a full boil, then cover and process for 30 minutes.
Remove jars from pot and place on cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press top of each lid with finger, ensuring that seal is tight (lid doesn't move up or down at all). Sealed jars can be stored for up to a year. Recipe makes 7 quarts.
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I can smell those fresh Peach Pies baking during the holidays!


6-lbs. peaches (about 12 large)
1 cup plus 2 tbsp. bottled lemon juice
3-3/4 cups water
5 cups sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. nutmeg


Peel, pit, and slice peaches. To loosen skin, dip peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds, then submerge in cold water. The peaches
will now peel easily. Place peach slices in water containing ascorbic acid, until all peaches are sliced. Combine lemon juice, water, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg in a large saucepan. Stir and cook over medium heat until mixture boils. Drain peaches and add to syrup mixture. Cook for 3 minutes. Ladle into hot jars, release air bubbles, clean jar rims, and seal. Process quart jars in a water bath canner for 30 minutes. Makes 5 quarts



6-quarts fresh blackberries
7 cups granulated sugar (can make slight adjustments for tartness of berries)
1 3/4 cups Clear Jel
1 teaspoon cinnamon
9 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup lemon juice (this is for safety, do not decrease amount)


Select top quality, firm, ripe berries. Rinse berries and set aside.
Measure lemon juice and set aside.
Combine Clear Jel, sugar and cinnamon in a large saucepan. Add water and mix until smooth. Stirring during the thickening process is critical for a smooth end product. Heat, stirring mixture constantly until it bubbles. Quickly add lemon juice and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. (you may add more water at this point if you wish to have a berry topping instead of pie filling). Remove from heat and fold in berries.
Fill 7 quart jars, leaving 1 to 1 1/2 inches of headspace.
Process in a boiling water canner for 30 minutes at sea level, 35 minutes at 1001 to 3000 feet and 40 minutes at altitudes 3001 to 6000 feet. Each quart of pie filling will make an 8- or 9-inch pie.


Linda ★ Parker's General said...

absolutely awesome! I can't wait to fill my pantry with pie filling! This will be good for crisps and ice cream topping! Thanks!

Farm Girl said...

I will be making this for sure. I have another peach tree that is getting ripe and I have blueberries that I was wondering what I was going to do with them. I can't wait for apples in October. Thanks so much