Make homemade strawberry pies in minutes! Simply pour into a pie shell, cover with the top and bake. Quart (950ml) jars are great for family-sized pies; half pint (1-cup) jars of canned pie filling make approx. 4 x mini pies. Pie filling is also delicious stirred through homemade yoghurt or used as a topping on cheesecake, pastries, pancakes, ice-cream or other desserts. 


YIELD: 1 Quart

(4 cups)

YIELD: 7 Quarts

(28 cups)

Strawberries, Fresh or Frozen

3 1/2 cups

24 1/2 cups

Water (or Apple Juice), Chilled

1 1/2cups

10 1/2 cups


1 cup

7 cups


(or Cook-Type ClearJel)

1/4 cup

1 3/4 cups

Bottled lemon juice

3 tablespoons

1 1/4 cups

*NOTE: If you don’t have Thermflo or Cook-Type ClearJel, leave out of the recipe and when you open a quart / litre jar, add 1/4 cup of cornflour to some of the liquid from the jar, and heat the contents with it until thick. Do not add cornflour to the preserving recipe, it is unsafe to do so for home food preservation. MORE INFO


1. Cover jars with water and bring to a boil, boiling for 10 minutes. Once the time is up, turn the heat off and leave jars in the hot water until ready to fill.

2.  Wash fresh strawberries and drain. If using thawed strawberries, retain juice and use as part of the water in the filling. Hull fruit, keeping small strawberries whole or halving/slicing as desired. 

3.  Place lids into a bowl of boiling water. Remove the lids from the water when you are ready
to place them onto the jars to seal. 

4.  Whisk water, sugar and Thermflo (or Cook-Type ClearJel) together. Heat until thick and glossy. Remove from heat. Whisk in the bottled lemon juice and whisk until pie filling is smooth. Immediately fold in the strawberries, adding extra apple or lemon juice if too thick, and bottle immediately. 

5.  Immediately ladle the hot strawberry pie filling into the prepared hot jars, leaving 1inch (2.5cm) headspace. Remove bubbles, check headspace is correct, and then wipe rims with damp paper towel then seal. 

6.  Process in a boiling water bath canner, adjusting for altitude if required as per chart below. Start timer once water returns to a full boil. When time is up, turn heat off and rest jars in water for 5 minutes before placing onto a towel-covered bench overnight to cool. 

7.  The next day, check jars have sealed before labelling and storing in a cool, dry and dark place for up to 12 months. Jar lids should not flex up or down when pressed. Please note fruit pie fillings often have tiny bubbles present after processing.

Processing   STRAWBERRY PIE FILLING   in a Boiling Water Canner

Style of Pack

Jar Size


0 – 1,000ft


1,001 – 3,000ft


3,001 – 6,000ft







30 minutes

35 minutes

40 minutes

45 minutes

Author: Megan Radaich          

Image credit: Megan Radaich          


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