Blueberry Peach Pie Filling + Canning Instructions

When it comes to dessert I have surprisingly simple tastes. If you give me a slice of pie topped with real whipped cream I'll happily devour it and ignore everything else on the dessert table. Knowing that, it should come as no great surprise when I tell you that I make a pretty amazing assortment of pies when the holidays roll around: caramel apple, lemon meringue, and pumpkin frequently grace our table, but I've been making those same flavors for years. 

This year I decided to branch out a little, so I spent the summer putting up jars of Cherry Almond, Cardamom Peach, and Blueberry Peach pie filling to help make my holiday prep work a little less stressful. I know that making your own pie filling can seem like a lot of work once you read through the steps, which is why I prefer to preserve mine to use later, but it's definitely worth the extra effort. Being able to eat a fresh summer peach in the middle of winter will always improve a cold, dreary day.

While you're at it make sure to check out our Pie Crust 101 tutorial for more great pie making tips and our go-to pie crust recipe—you'll never go back to store bought again!

Blueberry Peach Pie Filling | Not Starving Yet

Blueberry Peach Pie Filling

makes 2 pints or 1 quart


Ingredients

3½ cups ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds removed
¾ cup cold water
¼ cup + 1 tbsp ClearJel (see notes)
4 teaspoons bottled lemon juice

Directions

  • 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, 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 and blueberries, 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. 

Notes

 

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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Blueberry Cardamom Smoothie

Last week when I mentioned I was on a bit of a blueberry kick, I wasn't kidding. I've been eating them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the past two weeks. Most of my meals have consisted of that awesome blueberry chicken salad I shared with you last week (it's seriously addictive) but I've also been making a lot of smoothies too. 

I tend to save most of my smoothie making for warmer weather. The last thing you would think I would want for breakfast in the middle of winter is something cold, but sometimes a girl just wants what she wants, even if it isn't in season and even if it is 20°F outside. Fortunately I have a freezer full of frozen berries with which to feed my craving. Sometimes it pays to be prepared, which is one of the best skills I learned when I was a Girl Scout.

My blueberry cravings started two weeks ago when I stumbled across a new flavor of yogurt at the grocery store. I'd never seen blueberry and cardamom paired together before, so of course it caught my eye and once I had tried it there was no going back. I knew it had to be made into a smoothie.

So I made one. Then I made another and another... this is how addiction starts, I know, you don't have to tell me. Instead why don't you try the smoothie, then tell your friends, family, and even your boss about how mindblowingly awesome it was (well, unless you don't like your boss, then in that case you have my permission to drink it in front of them and refuse to share the recipe.) The sooner you go out and make this smoothie the sooner we can all be addicted to it together. It is seriously that good.

Blueberry Cardamom Smoothie

Blueberry Cardamom Smoothie
makes 1 serving

Ingredients

½ cup unsweetened almond milk (see notes)
1 cup blueberries, frozen
1 banana, medium sized
¼ teaspoon cardamom, ground

Directions

  • In a blender combine almond milk, blueberries, banana, and cardamom. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Notes

You don't have to stick with almond milk for this recipe so feel free to substitute. 

Tuesday Tea - August Selection Club - Simple Loose Leaf

Plan Description:

When you join Simple Loose Leaf you will tour the world and explore the wonders of tea. Our members embrace the discovery of new passions and rekindle their forgotten loves through our carefully curated menu of teas. Select a plan, make tea selection, and get a package!

Where to Purchase:  

August Selections:

Lady Earl Grey Black
Jasmine Special Grade Green
Blueberry White
Milk Oolong
Honeybush Herbal

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Blueberry White

Review:

I'll admit that I'm partial to blueberry teas, but like all fruit flavored teas they can be really hit or miss. More often than not they taste nothing like the fruit they claim to be, but the Blueberry White from the August box is one of the few exceptions, it really tastes like blueberry. The blueberry flavor manages to capture the sweet and tart flavors of blueberry without drowning out the strong flavor of the Shou Mei White Tea that is used for the base. With most flavored white teas you'll taste the flavor first and the base second (or not at all,) but with this tea the strong earthy flavors from the Shou Mei really shine. It's a refreshing change from the norm, but I would have preferred just a bit more blueberry flavor.

My Rating: 72/100

Would I order this again? Probably Not. While I enjoyed this tea I would have preferred the blueberry flavor to be just a bit stronger.

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Milk Oolong

Review:

For my second selection in the August box I decided on the Milk Oolong, even though I've had the opportunity to try this tea before. A fellow Steepster member sent me a sample of it last year when they discovered how much I love oolong tea. I'm always looking to broaden my horizons so I love it when people share their favorite teas with me, especially when it's a company I'm not familiar with. The chance to try out new companies is one of the reasons why I've enjoyed my subscription to Simple Loose Leaf. They've added several small vendors to their line-up, most of which I've never tried before.

Once steeped this tea has a flavor much like I remember from my previous encounter with it. It has a buttery texture, which is partially due to the milk flavoring that has been added. Underneath this is a slightly floral flavor that edges towards peaches and cream once you steep it a second time. Later steeps take on a slightly vegetal flavor that increases with each subsequent steeping. I don't typically enjoy this tea once the sweetness disappears so I only steep it three times. You certainly could continue to resteep it if you still enjoy the flavors, this tea resteeps very well. Overall this is a really nice milk oolong, one that I would certainly order again if Simple Loose Leaf had a convenient way for me to reorder the teas I've enjoyed from the Selection Club. 

My Rating: 89/100

Would I order this again?Yes! I've purchased this before and I would do so again, it's a great example of how flavorful a milk oolong can be.

Lady Earl Grey

I normally pick two teas each month to review, but this month you get a bonus because I've already reviewed Lady Earl Grey. You can check out my review from October 2013 here.

Disclosure:

In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Simple Loose Leaf has provided me with a free subscription to their service. As always, all opinions are my own.