Quality: Select fresh, ripe, and firm blueberries. Unsweetened frozen blueberries may be used. If sugar has been added, rinse it off while fruit is still frozen.
Yield: 1 quart or 7 quarts
Procedure: See Table 1 for suggested quantities. Wash and drain fresh blueberries.
For fresh fruit, place 6 cups at a time in 1 gallon boiling water. Boil each batch 1 minute after the water returns to a boil. Drain but keep heated fruit in a covered bowl or pot. Combine sugar and Clear Jel® in a large kettle. Stir. Add water and, if desired, food coloring. Cook on medium high heat until mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Add lemon juice and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Fold in drained berries immediately and fill jars with mixture without delay, leaving 1 inch headspace. Adjust lids and process immediately according to the recommendations in Table 2.
|Table 1. Blueberry Pie Filling.|
|Quantities of Ingredients Needed For|
|1 Quart||7 Quart|
|Fresh or thawed blueberries||3-1/2 cups||6 quarts|
|Granulated sugar||3/4 cup + 2 tbsp||6 cups|
|Clear Jel®||1/4 cup + 1 tbsp||2-1/4 cup|
|Cold water||1 cup||7 cups|
|Bottled Lemon Juice||3-1/2 teaspoons||1/2 cup|
|Blue food coloring (optional)||3 drops||20 drops|
|Red food coloring (optional)||1 drop||7 drops|
|Table 2. Recommended process time for Blueberry Pie Filling in a boiling water canner.|
|Process Time at Altitudes of||Style of Pack||Jar Size||0-1,000 ft||1,001-3,000 ft||3,001-6,000 ft||Above 6,000 ft|
|Hot||Pints or Quarts||30 min||35||40||45|
This document was adapted from the "Complete Guide to Home Canning," Agriculture
Information Bulletin No. 539, USDA, revised 2015.
Reviewed February 2018.