Never buy strawberry pie filling again with after making this easy pie filling recipe made for water bath canning. It is sweet, yummy, and goes amazing with a basic buttery pie crust.
This is also a very economical option to the store bought version, especially if you grow your own strawberries. My homemade version costs about $1.87 per quart or 32 oz. making it about $0.06 per ounce. The store bought brand I had found at Wal-Mart not too long ago costs $3.48 for 21 oz. or about $0.17 per ounce.
Please note I don’t give complete directions for water bath canning. If you are a newbie water bath canner or presser canner please learn the proper methods. Here is a list of reputable places to learn how to can:
- Take a class with your local Extension Cooperative
- There are written instruction on Ball’s Mason Jar’s website, FreshPreserving
- Also instructions at the National Center for Home Food Preservation
- There are also several books that are great teaching tools.
The homesteaders cost to make this recipe comes to about $5.50 for about 3 quarts of pie filling or $1.83 per quart. The strawberries are free due to being grown on our homestead but what really increases the cost of these canning recipes is the Clear Jel. It is the most expensive item in the list.
This is a water bath canning recipe. It is only the recipe and this post is not detailed in how to water bath can. Please familiarize yourself with instruction on the proper and safe methods for home preservation. If you do not can this recipe, please cover and store it in the refrigerator.
- 16 cups (4 lbs.) strawberries, sliced
- 3 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 1/4 cup Clear Jel
- 4 cups water
- 4 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
- Prep all your water bath canning, mason jars, lids and rings accordingly.
- Slice strawberries and set aside.
- In a large stock pot, combine sugar, Clear Jel, water, and lemon juice. Bring mixture to a boil while stirring often. I like having it on medium heat so to not scorch the mixture.
- Stir or fold in sliced strawberries once stock pot mixture comes to a boil and mixture is thickened. Remember once processed and cooled, the filling will be thickened even further.
- Reduce to low heat and spoon into sterile mason jars. Leave 1-1/2 inch headspace.
- Process in water bath canning for 30 minutes.
- Total cost is $5.60 for about 3 quarts of strawberry pie filling or $1.87 each.