We finally got a chance to go blueberry picking! The blueberries are on late this year, but as they say better late than never. My absolute favorite thing about where we live is all of the U-Pick berry places. It’s awesome! I try and pick between 60 –70 lbs. of blueberries every summer and that will last us about a year. Mostly I freeze them, but I also make blueberry jam, syrup and pie filling. Today I’m sharing the pie filling recipe because it’s a really great one and you can’t find canned pie filling recipes in most canning books. Interested in other types of berry pie filling? Checkout this post HERE.
This recipe comes from the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Blueberry Pie Filling
For 7 Quarts (I give the measurements for 1 quart at the end)
6 quarts of fresh blueberries
6 cups of sugar
2 1/4 cups of Clear Jel A (don’t substitute cornstarch, it really isn’t suitable for canning)
7 cups of cold water
1/2 cup of lemon juice
20 drops of blue food coloring (optional)
7 drops of red food coloring (optional)
Wash and drain blueberries. Combine sugar and clear Jel A in a large pot. Stir. Add water and if desired, food coloring. Cook on medium high heat until the mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Add lemon juice and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Fold in berries, fill jars immediately with mixture, and process immediately, 30 minutes in a boiling water bath (sea level). 1001-3000 ft. 35 min and 3000-6000 ft. 40 min.
Wash and drain 6 quarts of blueberries.
Gather you canning supplies, if you’re canning 7 quarts you’re going to need a large pot and some upper body strength.
Add your sugar, clear jel A and water and cook until really thick and begins to bubble.
Get out your big girl muscles and start gently folding in the blueberries. I know it looks a little weird, I was really concerned the first time I made this, don’t worry though it turns out beautifully.
Fill your jars with the gelatinous mass and process.
So after it comes out of the canner it’s magically turns into this beautiful pie filling. It gorgeous coming out of the can too. Love it!
Hope you enjoy it!