Homemade Peach Pie filling – eat it now or can it for later!

Peach season is upon and lemme tell you sumptin’ people… I LOOOOOOOOOVE fresh peaches!  I’ve had this recipe for a century and make fresh peach pie filling every summer.  Now you can either jar/can it when it’s done OR you can use it right away.

Trust me.. when it’s butt-crack cold outside (presuming you live in the a place where it gets butt-crack cold in the winter) nothing speaks ‘summer’ like a warm fresh peach pie.



Homemade Peach Pie filling

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Ingredients
For 2 quarts of Filling
  • 7 cups sliced peaches
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup ClearJel plus 2 tbl
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water or peach juice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 qt jars/lids/rings
For 7 quarts of Filling
  • 6 qts of sliced peaches
  • 7 cups sugar
  • 2 cups ClearJel plus 3 tbl
  • 5 1/4 cups cold water or peach juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 7 qt jars/lids rings
  • Plus an additional 1/4 cup lemon juice or Fruit-Fresh pectin
Instructions
  1. Make an ‘X’ in the bottom of each peach.
  2. Place into boiling water for 30-60 seconds
  3. Remove and place into ice cold water
  4. Remove skins
  5. Cut up the peaches
  6. To keep from turning brown mix in 1/4 cup lemon juice or Fruit-Fresh pectin. Stir to coat.
  7. Combine the water, sugar, ClearJel and cinnamon in large pot.
  8. Stir and cook over medium high heat until the mixture thickens and begins to bubble.
  9. Add the lemon juice and boil the sauce for 1 minute more, stirring constantly.
  10. Add in the drained peach slices and cook for 3 minutes.
  11. Fill the jars within ¾”-1” from the top.
  12. Put the filled jars in the canner and keep them covered with at least 1” of water.
  13. Boil for 30 minutes.

 

121 Responses to “Homemade Peach Pie filling – eat it now or can it for later!”

  • Elizabeth says:

    Loved the peacheck pie filling. I want to try the apple version next. I see the recipe in the comments, but it appears to make 6 or 7 quarts of filling. Do you have a version of the apple filling for a smaller batch? Perhaps 2 or 3 quarts finished pie filling?

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hi Elizabeth

      So happy you loved it! No unfortunately I don’t have a smaller batch for canning. At that point, why can only say a quart when you can just freeze or use it right away.

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • JulieYeager says:

    This is the first time making pie filling and using ClearJel… and it’s a success!
    The ClearJel is weird and pretty amazing at the same time. It’s a great thickener!
    I made peach pie filling using your recipe and… it’s amazing!! Can’t wait to actually put it into a pie or cobbler!!
    Looking forward to using what wouldn’t fit into the last jar for crepes in the morning 😉
    Thanks so much – looking forward to trying the apple too.

  • Kara says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! It’s delicious. I have a few questions, though. Of my seven quarts, three came out perfectly. I followed the recipe exactly as written. The other four quarts had a result I’ve never experienced before (and I’m no stranger to canning fruits and veggies). The pie filling in these four quarts expanded so much inside the jars that there’s hardly any headspace left in the finished product. When the jars went into the boiling water bath, all seven jars had 3/4 inch of headspace.. now these jars have MAYBE 1/4 inch. Of the four suspicious jars, two of the lids buckled. Maybe I had screwed the bands onto these two too tightly, or maybe it had something to do with the expansion of the contents? I replaced those two lids, loosely screwed the bands and reprocessed them. During reprocessing, I also emptied a bit out of these jars to get them back to a safer headspace (this time 1 inch). After putting these two through the boiling water bath a second time the contents expanded again! Any idea why this would have happened? This is my first time using ClearJel but I’m not sure it’s at fault considering that a few of my jars were just fine. I’m also debating what to do with the 4 suspicious jars; I have never had a jar lose headspace during processing and am not sure whether it’s hazardous, especially since they all have a strong seal.

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Oh wow I’ve never heard of that happening ever. I actually called Mama Fantabulous and she never experienced that.

      Someone mentioned they used Instant ClearJel which is not what the recipe calls for. I’ve never heard of instant. Now when I did read about the instant that will cause it to rise and swell.

      Hmmm I’m really stumped on this. Let me do some digging.

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Britany says:

    I read other recipes when researching canning peach pie filling. Some said not to use instant clear jel, but your recipe does stipulate. This is the first time doing this and I didn’t know there were different types of clear jel and I ordered the instant. Would the instant work?

    • TKWAdmin says:

      I’ve never heard of instant ClearJel. My container just says ClearJel. Hmmm… let me see what I can find out.

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Lms says:

    I read somewhere that you can omit clear jel and just add thickening agent when you go to actually make the pie. Have you tried this method?

    • Nette H says:

      Yes. Freezing is the best option. It is much safer to add the thickening when you actually make the pie/crisp. Using thickening agents in canning is no longer recommended by the Ball and Kerr companies. You should purchase one of their canning books to be completely safe in your canning journey. (Remember to adjust water bath processing times according to the elevation where you live. Another reason to purchase a canning book)
      This looks yummy! I’m going to freeze mine!

    • TKWAdmin says:

      I only use ClearJel when I can my pie filling. If I’m making a fresh peach pie right away (meaning I’m not canning it) I do not use it. The purpose of using ClearJel for canning is to thicken it but also to thicken it without it turning cloudy. Cornstarch and the like will make your pie filling cloudy.

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Bonnie says:

    I’m so excited to try this recipe! When you say 2 cups of clear Jel do you actually mean two cups or two boxes? I also bought the sure jel brand. I hope that doesn’t make a huge difference.

  • Marie B says:

    I’m so happy, my first canning project turned out beautifully. Thanks for the wonderfully easy instructions. Can’t wait to make some mini peach pies. Marie from Canada

  • Virginia Wagner says:

    This is my second year using this recipe. Water bathing as I write this. It is delicious! I gave 2 jars away last year and both recipients asked for the recipe. Plan to use this recipe every summer! Peach Pie is such a glorious treat in the Winter!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hi Virginia!

      Thank you so much! I love this recipe too. It’s just so easy and you’re right, it makes amazing gifts. Those types of gifts are my favorite ones!

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Sharon says:

    should the juice be thick in the jars? Mine is runny…

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hi Sharon!

      If it’s runny then it wasn’t cooked long enough (step 8). This could occur due to your peaches being more ripe than some thus being more juicy. That will cause more liquid and a thinner juice. Just cook it a bit longer til it thickens (it should coat the back of a spoon and bubble).

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Anna says:

    Yours is the first recipe I have tried with peach pie filling and my mother had me can some for her too because she loves it so much! 🙂 Thank you for the recipe! Also was curious to see if you’ve tried this recipe with apples? Just curious.

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hi Anna!

      Yeah I’m so happy you loved it so much! Man I wish I could implement a search functionality in the comments as I gave the apple pie recipe. But here ya go:

      Apple Pie Filling for canning –

      6 quarts of cut apples, peeled
      3 cups of sugar
      1 cup Clear-Jel
      5 cups apple juice (natural, not the fake stuff)
      3/4 cup lemon juice
      1 Tbl cinnamon
      2 1/2 cups water
      now if you like you can add apple pie spice to mix (1 Tbl or go with 1 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1/2 tsp ginger)

      1. Blanche the apples in a huge pot of boiling water for 1 minute. Meaning put the apples in, then once it returns to a boil, time it for 1 minute.
      2. Drain and put in a covered bowl (I tend to drizzle a little lemon juice on the apples to prevent browning.
      3. In a large pot add in the water, apple juice, spices, clear jel and lemon juice.
      4. Bring to a boil over medium heat (while stirring) and boil for 1 minute. You want it thick but watch as it’ll thicken really fast. If it’s too thick, add a bit more apple juice.
      5. At this point remove from the heat, stir in the apples and ladle into your clean jars. The mixture will be thick so you won’t be able to pour it in.
      6. Process per the water batch instructions above.

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Marie B says:

    This looks lovely. Do you know if you can freeze it rather than can it? Thanks marie from Canada

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hi Marie!

      I’ve never tried it but I don’t see why not.

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

      • marie b says:

        I’m trying this recipe now. I can’t believe how nervous I am. If I pack them in pint jars, do I still water bath them for the same amount of time.

        • TKWAdmin says:

          Hey Marie!

          I’m thinking just reduce the time by 5 minutes. And don’t be nervous; you got this!

          Best Kitchen Wishes!

          • Marie B says:

            I thought my other message came thru. They turned out lovely all I want to do is look at them. Too pretty to open. Thanks for a lovely site.

            • TKWAdmin says:

              It did, I was just making sure I responded to all messages. I’m so happy they turned out!

              And thank you so much for such kind words!

              Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Suzzanne says:

    Hello,
    I am new to canning peaches your recipe looks delish ,now when you say place in canner covered with 1inch water and process 30 is this pressure canner or water bath method

  • S Green says:

    I tried this recipe last night. I should have read the instructions on the Clear-Gel that I purchased which calls for 1/4 cup per quart of liquid which should be brought to a boil before adding the Clear Gel. Maybe notate on this recipe to see directions for the brand of Clear-Gel purchased. Also, there is a difference in Instant Clear-Gel and Clear-Gel for cooking or canning.

  • Carol Dower says:

    Have you ever used Tapioca beads instead of the Clear Jel? The beads turn clear when you make a typical tapioca pudding recipe, so unlike corn starch, it should not “cloud” up, correct? Just a thought….

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