Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cherry Pie Filling

Cherry Pie Filling
Canning pie filling is not something I do every year. We only have cherry pie a few times a year, but it’s nice to be able to use your own pie filling. 

Probably the hardest part about canning cherries, is pitting them. Luckily there is a local cherry plant about 15 minutes away from where I live. So I buy them pre-pitted.

homemade cherry pie filling

When canning be sure to use recipes that have been tested and approved by the USDA. {I use my Ball Canning Cookbook a lot and they have it online so you don’t need to purchase one.} 

Another good resource for canning recipes is your states extension center. That’s where I found this cherry pie filling recipe along with several others. 

Pie Filling Recipes {the cherry pie filling recipe is on the third page}


This recipe calls for Clear Jel. It is a modified cornstarch that doesn’t breakdown and become runny over time. I asked my local grocery store if they had it and they didn’t but they had Ultra Gel, which was supposed to be the same type of product. So that’s what I used.  For more info on where to get Clear Jel in Utah go to the  pie filling recipes and scroll through to the last page. I'm sure there are plenty of places to buy it online as well.

These recipes are from the Utah extension service and our state is high in elevation the processing time may be longer than what is required in your area.
If you find a recipe from your state’s extension center it the processing time should be correct. If you use a recipe from the Ball Canning Cookbook you may need to adjust the processing time using an altitude chart.

Cherry Cobbler and Cherry Pie FIlling
Now go make yourself some cherry cobbler or cherry pie. You can find my pie crust tutorial here. Another delicious dessert you can make with fresh cherries is cherry crisp.


  1. yum yum! I just happened upon your blog and am planning on making this yummy pie filling this weekend! Thanks for sharing about it.

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  2. This is a great idea! I have never canned before but really wanted to try it and I hate store-bought pie filling, so I think this will be the perfect project to start on!


  3. wish i had a good cheap source for cherries. I used to have a friend with several trees and i could help myself.. but we have moved out of state.

  4. YUM! I want to eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon! Looks delicious. Visiting from TT&J linkup :)

  5. This looks wonderful! I haven't had cherry pie in forever, I forgot how much I like it. Can't wait to try your recipe.

    I would love it if you would share this at the Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:

    Have a great day!

  6. Stopping by to say Hi from the blog hop. Come visit sometime, tea is cold and no shoes are required. Kathy B.
    Looks delicious!