Michigan State University Extension
Preserving Food Safely - 01600845
GENERAL: The following fruit fillings are excellent and safe products. Each canned quart makes one 8-inch to 9-inch pie. The filling may be used as toppings on desserts or pastries. "Clear Jel" is a chemically modified starch made from waxy maize, which produces excellent sauce consistency even after fillings are canned and baked. *DISCLAIMER: MENTION OF CLEAR JEL DOES NOT REPRESENT AN ENDORSEMENT OF THIS PRODUCT. Other available starches break down when used in these pie fillings, causing sauce to be runny. Ask your county Extension home economist about ordering "Clear Jel".
Because the variety of fruit may alter the flavor of the fruit pie, first prepare a single quart, make a pie with it, and serve. Then adjust the sugar and spices in the recipe to suit your preferences. The amount of lemon juice should not be altered, as it affects the safety and storage stability of the filling.
2 cups finely chopped suet 4 lb. ground beef or 4 lb. ground venison and 1 lb. sausage 5 qt. chopped apples 2 lb. dark seedless raisins 1 lb. white raisins 2 qt. apple cider 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon 2 tsp. ground cloves 2 tsp. ground nutmeg 5 cups sugar 2 tbsp. salt
YIELD: About 7 quarts
PROCEDURE: Cook meat and suet in water to avoid browning. Peel, core and quarter apples. Put meat, suet and apples through food grinder using a medium blade. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan, and simmer 1 hour or until slightly thickened. Stir often. Fill hot jars with mixture without delay, leaving 1-inch headspace. Adjust lids and process.
RECOMMENDED PROCESS TIMES FOR FESTIVE MINCEMEAT PIE FILLING IN A DIAL-GAUGE PRESSURE CANNER
Canner Pressure (PSI) at Altitudes of Style of Jar Process 0- 2001- 4001- 6001- Pack Size Time 2000 ft. 4000 ft. 6000 ft. 8000 ft.
Hot Quarts 90 min. 11 lb. 12 lb. 13 lb. 14 lb.
RECOMMENDED PROCESS TIMES FOR FESTIVE MINCEMEAT PIE FILLING IN A WEIGHTED-GAUGE PRESSURE CANNER
Canner Pressure (PSI) at Altitudes of Style of Jar Process 0- Above Pack Size Time 1000 ft. 1000 ft.
Hot Quarts 90 min. 10 lb. 15 lb.