Cardamom Peach Pie Filling + Canning Instructions

Earlier this summer I found myself the proud owner of 48lbs of fresh Georgia peaches, most of which went to make some pretty fabulous Vanilla Bean Infused Peach Slices. I could eat those bad boys all day long, but after putting up nearly four cases of them I decided it was time for a change, I wanted to try my hand at another pie filling.

I'm a firm believer than you can never have too much pie filling on hand so you'll normally find a case or two floating around our house, but our cherry harvest this year was smaller than normal leaving me with a measly 4 jars of the Cherry Almond Pie Filling I made back in May. That's not even enough to see me through a single holiday, so I decided a spiced peach filling had to be done, if only so I could eat my fill of cobblers and crisps this summer.

The combination of sweet peaches and warm spices is the perfect bridge between summer and fall, so I'll encourage you to make up a batch or two while you can still find fresh peaches. Before too long they'll be gone, along with our warm weather, and you'll regret that you only pinned this post instead of making it.

If you're new to pie making don't forget to check out our  Pie Crust 101  tutorial. It will help you get a handle on the basics of making a good pie crust from scratch. It's not nearly as scary as the internet would have you belive, I promise!

If you're new to pie making don't forget to check out our Pie Crust 101 tutorial. It will help you get a handle on the basics of making a good pie crust from scratch. It's not nearly as scary as the internet would have you belive, I promise!

Cardamom Peach Pie Filling

makes 2 pints or 1 quart


3½ cups ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
½ cup granulated white sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds removed
¼ teaspoon cardamom, ground
¼ teaspoon ginger, ground
⅛ teaspoon cloves, ground
¾ cup cold water
¼ cup + 1 tbsp ClearJel (see notes)
4 teaspoons bottled lemon juice


  • Cut an X in the bottom of the peaches, dip them in a large pot of boiling water for 30 - 60 seconds or until the skins start to loosen, then quickly transfer them to a bowl of ice water. Slip the skins off, cut the peaches in half, remove the pit, and slice into equal-sized pieces. 
  • In a large saucepan combine white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla bean seeds, cardamom, ginger, cloves, cold water, and ClearJel. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Add lemon juice, continue to boil for an additional minute, stirring frequently. Gently fold in the peaches, continue cooking for three minutes, then transfer directly to your pie crust.
  • This recipe is safe to can, so you can also put it in sterilized pint or quart jars, making sure to leave a full inch of headspace, and process in a water bath for 30 minutes (0 - 1,000 ft),  35 minutes (1,001 - 3,000 ft), 40 minutes (3,001 - 6,000 ft) or 45 minutes (if above 6,000 ft). The time is the same for both pints and quarts. 



You'll find cinnamon absent from all of the recipes here at Not Starving Yet because I have a pesky allergy to it, but for you cinnamon lovers out there I'll let you in on a secret: You can add it to your batch if you really miss it, although I'll encourage you to try the recipe the way it's written the first time, it really is wonderful.

Pie dishes come in a variety of sizes, so double check how much filling you need before you get started. A standard size pie dish takes 2 pints while a deep dish will take 3. 

Not sure where to find ClearJel? I've never seen it sold at our local stores, so I buy a from Amazon and have it shipped to me. My preferred brand comes from SB Canning, which isn't available at the moment, so my second choice would be from Hoosier Hill Farm

ClearJel expands quite a bit during processing, so make sure you leave a full inch of headspace when filling your jars. Anything less and you run the risk of your lid popping while it's in the water bath (if you're using Weck jars) or compromising your seal (if using Ball/Kerr jars.)


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Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Have you ever asked yourself why we need so many recipes for chocolate chip cookies on the internet? Every food blogger out there has posted at least one, but the good news is that you can do no wrong with variations on the chocolate chip cookie. Whether they're thin and crispy or thick and chewy it's pretty much guaranteed that as soon as you bite in to one it will be heavenly, because hey, it's chocolate. So even though I already have a dozen or so recipes for cookies on the blog I want you to humor me and give these a shot. They have chips and chunks—two types of chocolate make them superior to every other chocolate chip cookie recipe out there. Oh and did I mention they have pecans too? Stop making me twist your arm and try them already!

Chocolate Chunk Cookies | Not Starving Yet

Chocolate Chunk Cookies
makes approximately 24 cookies


2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoons sea salt
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 ounces dark chocolate chunks
½ cup unsalted pecans, chopped
additional sea salt for sprinkling on top


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. In a mixing bowl cream together room temperature butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Add vanilla and eggs, then mix until well incorporated.
  • Slowly add baking soda, salt, and flour, continue to mix until dough forms.  
  • Add semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chunks, and pecans to the dough, then mix until they are evenly distributed.
  • Using a spoon or cookie scoop, form balls of dough and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Make sure to leave plenty of space as these cookies tend to spread out while baking.
  • Bake for 9 - 11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool. Enjoy!


I usually make these with Guittard 46% semisweet chocolate chips and Scharffen Berger 70% dark chocolate chunks, but you can switch it up to use your favorite chocolate.

Quick & Easy Sugar Coated Pecans

There are a handful of recipes that I've made for years that are so easy I've never bothered to write them down. I think everyone has a recipe or two like that, but I've been making an effort to post them to the blog as I think of them, that way after I'm gone my friends and family can still enjoy them. There is nothing that makes me more sad around the holidays than knowing that my favorite relative has departed and not left behind the recipe for their signature dish.

Case in point: It's been over ten years since my Great Aunt decided to join the giant cocktail party in the sky and I'm still trying to recreate her cheeseball. It was a staple at family gatherings and I still can't figure out what I'm doing different.

This recipe for sugar coated pecans is one of those quick and easy things I've always tossed together when I need something to bring to a party or family gathering, it's my equivalent of Aunt Helen's cheeseball. This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make, only uses three ingredients, can be made days in advance, travels well, and is always one of the first things to disappear. In my mind this makes it the perfect party food (or last minute holiday gift.)

Quick & Easy Sugar Coated Pecans | Not Starving Yet

Sugar Coated Pecans

makes 6 - 8 servings



1 pound pecan halves
2 tablespoons salted butter
3 tablespoons granulated sugar


  • In a large skillet set over medium heat, melt butter. Add pecans, then continue cooking until the pecans are lightly toasted and have been throughly covered with butter (approximately 5 minutes.) 
  • Remove pecans from the skillet and allow them to cool slightly before tossing them with sugar. Once cool the pecans can be stored on the counter in a sealed container and should stay fresh for at least a week.


These pecans are tasty on their own, but you can jazz them up a bit by adding a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice or another seasoning of your choice.


Using Up Food Scraps: Cherry Pit Vinegar #CanItForward

I've been canning for years, but until recently I hadn't given much though to the peels and pits from my yearly harvest. When I was done with whatever project I was working on I tossed all my scraps in the compost and moved on. It wasn't until I was reading through Alice Water's latest book My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own that I even realized I could turn these leftover bits and pieces into something else.

After a marathon canning session in which I made cherry vanilla applesauce, Cherry Liqueur, and Cherry Almond Preserves I have no shortage of cherry pits to work with which is why my first project ended up being cherry pit vinegar. It's a flexible pantry staple that can be used to create a flavorful vinaigrette, but has a multitude of other uses. Plus, if you're looking for DIY gifts for the holiday season it's festive red color makes it an excellent choice.

Don't forget to check out the rest of our canning section for more great recipes.

Using Up Food Scraps: Cherry Pit Vinegar | Not Starving Yet

Cherry Pit Vinegar



cherry pits, whole
apple cider vinegar or other vinegar of your choice



  • Place cherry pits and excess juice in a sterilized glass jar, add enough vinegar so the pits are completely submerged, then cover. Allow the mixture to sit for at least a week in a dark place, taking care to shake the jar occasionally. If you notice your pits have floated to the top, don't worry, it's all a part of the process.

  • After seven days removed the pits and strain the vinegar through a piece of cheese cloth to remove any solids. Store the cherry vinegar in a sealed jar in a cool, dark place.


While the acidic nature of vinegar generally prevents harmful bacteria such as botulism from growing it is still best to properly sterilize any equipment you'll be using for this project so other forms of bacteria aren't introduced.

It's not a well known fact, but stone fruit seeds do contain small amounts of cyanide. This is why it's important you only use uncracked pits, so the seed inside does not come into contact with the vinegar. If you're concerned that the cyanide may leach into the vinegar you can always use pitted cherries to flavor your vinegar.