Updated: Mar 23, 2022
Looking for a recipe to preserve fresh blueberries for the winter? This is it! Learn how to make the best blueberry pie filling at home. This homemade blueberry pie filling is the perfect preserve to have on hand for a delicious homemade pie anytime. You'll love the way this blueberry pie filling tastes, and the best part is this recipe makes enough filling for four blueberry pies!
14 cups blueberries, fresh not frozen (6 pints)
4 cups granulated sugar
1 ¼ cups Clear-Jel
4 cups water
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons bottled lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
BLUEBERRY PIE FILLING
In a large stockpot, whisk the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and Clear-Jel to combine. Add water to another stockpot and turn the burner on to medium heat. Stir the pie filling mixture constantly until it's starts to bubble and thicken.
Add the lemon juice and continue to boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in the blueberries and turn burner off.
Fill 4-quart jars, leaving a 1 to 1.5 inches of headspace.
Wipe the rim of the jars with a clean, wet napkin to remove any food residue. Center a lid on top of each jar and screw the rings on until "finger-tight".
Process filled jars in a boiling water bath for 30 minutes. Let cool completely, remove rings & used as needed.
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How do we freeze our blueberries?
Easy Peasey…we let nature do all the work for us! When you get your fresh blueberries from our farm, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. Pour the berries onto the baking sheet and pick out any smashed berries, leaves, twigs, etc. Be sure the berries are in a single layer so that they can freeze quickly and evenly. Once frozen, you can easily lift the parchment or wax paper and pour the berries into a freezer-safe container! Voila! They are wonderful eaten straight out of the freezer or added to any baked goods. This is also the perfect time to stock up for smoothies and any baking throughout the winter months! Enjoy!