Strawberry Pie Filling

This comes in so handy when you need a quick dessert for a get together or last minute guests.  Open a jar of Strawberry Pie Filling, pour it into a pie crust, bake and you’ve got Strawberry Pie in no time!
This recipe, as listed below, yields 4 quarts.  As always, I canned big.  I more than doubled the recipe and it yielded 10 qts.
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Ingredients for 4 qts:
  • 16 cups (4 lbs.) strawberries, sliced
  • 3 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup Clear Jel, can be purchased from most local Amish Stores.
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice
Slice strawberries and set aside.  I got really lucky this time!  I had a friend to call me and ask if I could use some strawberries.  She’d worked herself sick of strawberries that week!  She had some that she was ready to throw out; not because they were bad, but because she was sick of strawberries!   The berries were already capped and ready to go!  I felt like I had won the lottery!  Thank you my dear friend!!!
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees to get the jars hot, start a water bath canner with water and start a pot of boiling water for your lids.  Once you get started, this is going to go quick.
In a large pot, combine sugar, Clear Jel, water, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.   This stuff will stick and scorch in a second with no notice, so stir, stir, stir!
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Within 5-7 minutes it will begin thickening, gel, and begin looking like this:
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Stir or fold in the strawberries once the mixture is thickened. This stuff will thicken even more the cooler it gets.  (Yes, I really did put all 40 cups of strawberries in the pot!)
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Spoon the hot mixture into sterile mason jars leaving 1 & 1/2 inch headspace.  This headspace is important!  If you don’t leave the full 1 & 1/2 inch headspace it will bubble out and make a mess while in the water bath canner.  I even had one to blow the lid!  Thank goodness, I had my canner lid on, or else that would have been one big mess!
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Water bath 30 minutes.  As the jars sit, don’t be surprised if pie filling run out from under the lid and down the side of a few jars, they will still seal.  I had a few do this.  The only thing I can figure is those needed 2 inches of head space! I left them be, let them do their thing and washed the jars the next morning as I removed the rings.

One thought on “Strawberry Pie Filling

  1. Jfay May 23, 2017 at 5:39 pm Reply

    Great idea!

    Liked by 1 person

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