Fruits & Vegetables

Cherry Pie Filling

Fruits & Vegetables

Cherry Pie Filling

Not only does this mouthwatering cherry filling make a to-die-for pie, it is also an excellent topping for ice cream and coffee cake. If you need a housewarming gift, preserved cherry pie filling in a jar makes a delicious addition to a gift basket.


8 Pint Jars (16oz)


2 Hours & 20 Minutes

Processing Time:

35 Minutes


15 cups frozen red tart cherries (about 10 lbs), thawed for 24 hours in the refrigerator

3-1/2 cups sugar

1 cup ClearJel® starch

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup bottled lemon juice



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Drain thawed cherries in a colander, placed over a large bowl, stirring occasionally, until 8 cups of juice have been collected, about 2 hours. Set liquid and cherries aside.

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Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set bands aside.


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Whisk together 4 cups cherry liquid, sugar, ClearJel® and cinnamon in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil until thickened and mixture begins to bubble. Add lemon juice. Return to a boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add reserved cherries all at once. Return to a boil, stirring constantly but gently. Remove from heat.


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Ladle hot pie filling into a hot jar leaving a 1 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar and apply band, adjust to fingertip tight. Place jar in boiling-water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.

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Water must cover jars by 1 inch. Adjust heat to medium-high, cover canner, and bring water to a rolling boil. Process pint jars 35 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat and remove cover. Let jars cool 5 minutes. Remove jars from canner; do not retighten bands if loose. Cool 12-24 hours. Check lids for seal, they should not flex when center is pressed.

Quick tip: Store remaining juice in Freezer Jars. Refrigerate up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 1 year. Use the cherry juice to flavor lemonade and citrus soda or drink straight for a tangy beverage!

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To guarantee the most delicious preserved foods, always begin with the best-quality produce at its peak of ripeness.