Friday, July 10, 2009

Blueberry Pie Filling

This is the way I made my filling. It was a lot less work than the Ball canning book called for. I'm not guaranteeing the shelf life since mine has only been on the shelf for a week so far but I expect it to keep as well as it would have with their method.

7 cups blueberries
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup ClearJel, cornstarch, or flour (as a thickener)
Blue & red food colorings
2 tbsp lemon juice

Combine sugar and your choice of thickeners in a large saucepan. Whisk in 2 cups of water. Add blue and red food coloring to get the purple color you like.

Note: I used flour because it was all I had and it worked just fine. It was certainly not as transparent as filling made with ClearJel or cornstarch. I would recommend the ClearJel if you have it and cornstarch if you don't, with flour being a last resort.

Bring mixture to a boil over medium high heat. Stir often as it won't take long to start to thicken. When it starts to thicken and bubble stir in the lemon juice.

Add the blueberries and keep over medium-low heat until berries are heated through.

Ladle into hot jars leaving just over 1 inch of headspace. Wipe rim, place lids, and process in a water bath for 30 minutes.

Yield: About 4 pints.


angie said...

This is interesting. I think I'll try it with flour too. (I'm try to stay away from cornstarch.)

Thanks for the idea!

Green Bean said...

That's awesome! I've never thought about putting up food in the form of pie filling.

Katie said...

I ran across your blog a few days ago & really love reading it. Thanks for sharing all your recipes and ideas. The pie filling looks so good!

Farmer's Daughter said...

Looks great! I'm going to try this come blueberry season.