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Making and Canning Peach Pie Filling

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This peach pie filling recipe is easy to make and can at home. If not canning or to test the recipe, use one quart recipe instructions to make one peach pie and substitute the ClearJel® with flour. See note below for alternative to using ClearJel®.

Always select blemish free peaches. We always prefer organic fruit without pesticides. If fruit is not organic, we recommend blanching and peeling the peaches.

Note: There are four cups in a quart. Measurements are made before peaches are boiled and softened, which will reduce the volume of the peaches before canning. Quantites will vary depending on the size of the peaches and their water content. For 7 quart canners, we recommend using the 8 quart recipe and then using any leftovers to make a pie or tart.

ClearJel® is recommended by the USDA as a thickener for canned pie filling. ClearJel® is a modified cornstarch, which does not break down in acid food mixtures and does not thicken enough during heat processing to interfere with the intended effect of the heat on killing bacteria during canning. It is preferred for thickening canned pie fillings as well as other foods over other corn starches because it has less or no aftertaste and leaves the thickened juices smooth and clear.

As an alternative to using ClearJel®, you may can the pie filling without the thickener and add flour in after opening using one of two methods;

  1. Bring the pie filling and flour to a simmer, stirring constantly until it has simmered five minutes and then bake pie as instructed on the following page.
  2. Or, heat equal parts of butter and flour in the microwave until the butter is melted. Mix well and then stir it into the pie filling before baking.
 
Ingredients for Quart Jars

Per Quart

(32 oz.) Jar

6 Quarts

8 Quarts 10 Quarts 12 Quarts
Peaches

5 cups

30 cups

40 cups

50 cups

60 cups

Granulated Sugar 1 cup 6 cups 8 cups 10 cups 12 cups
Nutmeg (Optional) 1/4 tsp. 1-1/2 tsp. 2 tsp. 2-1/2 tsp. 1 Tbsp.
Cinnamon (Optional) 1/4 tsp. 1-1/2 tsp. 2 tsp. 2-1/2 tsp. 1 Tbsp.
Water 3/4 cup 4-1/2 cups 7 cups 7-1/2 cups 9 cups
Lemon Juice 1/4 cup 1-1/2 cups 2 cups 2-1/2 cups 3 cups
ClearJel® 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. 1-3/4 cups + 2 Tbsps. 2-1/2 cups 3 cups + 2 Tbsps. 3-3/4 cups
  1. If desired, blanch and peel peaches.
  2. Quarter and remove pits from peaches and then placing fruit in bowl of water with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or an ascorbic acid solution (1 Teaspoon ascorbic acid or 3000 mg well-crushed Vitamin C Tables per gallon of water) to avoid browning until ready to boil.
  3. Combine water, spices, sugar and ClearJel® in a large, heavy pan and slowly bring to a boil, stirring continuously until it begins to thicken.
  4. Add lemon juice and then fold in peaches and bring up to simmer. Simmer for 5 - 10  minutes until peaches begin to soften and then can immediately.
  5. Canning using hot pack method with 1" of headspace.
  6. Processing with a Water Bath for 30 minutes for quart jars, at 212 degrees.
  7. For elevations above 1,000 foot level see Altitude Time Adjustments.
  8. After processing, place the jars on a towel, separated by 1" to cool.
  9. Labeling and Storing

We recommend including baking instructions on canning jar labels.

  1. After opening, bake a covered or uncovered pie, using a 9" pie crust. For uncovered, place dabs of butter on top of the fruit. Optionally, you may mix in 1/2 cup heavy cream to the pie filling after opening and before baking.
  2. Bake at 425° F for 1/2 hour and then reduce temperature to 350° and bake 1/2 hour longer.

This recipe is adapted from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Complete Guide to Home Canning and Preserving.

Equipment Needed:

 

Making Homemade Peach Pie Filling

Video 2: Home Canning Fruit, Home Canning Pie Filling

The second step in learning to can at home continues with the use of a waterbath canner.

You will learn to home can fruit in syrup or to can fruit pie filling.

 

Peel, quarter and remove the seeds.Combine water, spices, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch in a large, heavy pan and slowly bring to a boil, stirring continuously to avoid lumping of cornstarch.Add fruit and bring up to simmer, cooking for about five minutes, stirring continuously.
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