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Selecting, Preparing and Canning Fruit

Blueberry Pie Filling

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

Please read Using Boiling Water Canners before beginning. If this is your first time canning, it is recommended that you read Principles of Home Canning.

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 2009.

Reviewed November 2009.

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