Canning Blueberry Pie Filling

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Canning Blueberry Pie Filling

GUIDE 2:19                                                  
BLUEBERRY PIE FILLING                                       

                    Quantities of Ingredients Needed For    
                             1 Quart            7 Quarts    

Fresh or thawed blueberries  3-1/2 cups         6 quarts    
Granulated sugar             3/4 cup + 2 tbsp   6 cups      
Clear Jel                    1/4 cup + 1 tbsp   2-1/4 cup   
Cold water                   1 cup              7 cups      
Bottled lemon juice          3-1/2 tsp          1/2 cup     
Blue food coloring(optional) 3 drops            20 drops    
Red food coloring (optional) 1 drop              7 drops    

QUALITY:  Select fresh, ripe, and firm blueberries.         
Unsweetened frozen blueberries may be used. If sugar has    
been added, rinse it off while fruit is still frozen.       

YIELD:  1 quart or 7 quarts                                 

PROCEDURE:  Wash and drain fresh blueberries. For fresh     
fruit, place 6 cups at a time in 1 gallon boiling water.    
Boil each batch 1 minute after the water returns to a       
boil. Drain but keep heated fruit in a covered bowl or      
pot. Combine sugar and Clear Jel in a large kettle.         
Stir. Add water and, if desired, food coloring. Cook on     
medium high heat until mixture thickens and begins to       
bubble. Add lemon juice and boil 1 minute, stirring         
constantly.  Fold in drained berries immediately and fill   
jars with mixture without delay, leaving 1 inch             
headspace. Adjust lids and process immediately.             

Recommended process time for BLUEBERRY PIE FILLING          
in a boiling-water canner                                   

                      Process Time at Altitudes of          

Style Jar   0-         1,001-      3,000-     Above of      
Pack  Size  1,000 ft   3,000 ft    6,000 ft   6000 ft       

Hot   Pints  30 min     35          40         45           
   or Quarts                                                

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