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Use Home Preserved Goods for Pie Filling

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It is pie season. It may not be an official natural season but it is certainly one of our modern culture. Thankfully, we can use all our home preserved goods for pie filling rather than running to the grocery store.

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The great thing about pie is that it’s relatively easy and the filling can be made of so many different things. Pie is humble and frugal and allows the harvest to shine through in every bite. Rather than run out to the store for ingredients, run to the pantry for all those items put up over the summer and fall. This holiday season use home preserved goods for pie filling that is both delicious and frugal.

Pie from the Canned Pantry

All those jars of pears, peaches, cherries, plums, and more can be used in pie filling. They simply need to be drained of all their liquid first. Drain them well in a colander over a sink to avoid a soggy pie crust, then follow-through with a favored fruit pie recipe.

If you made applesauce, combine it with some eggs and flour for a tasty smooth custard pie filling (I’m sure pear sauce or apple-pear sauce or most any other fruit sauce would work just as well in that recipe).

Apple butter too makes an amazing pie.

Forget running to the store for holiday pies learn how to use home preserved goods for pie filling instead that is both delicious and frugal.

Pie from Dehydrated Goods

All those dried apricots, apple slices, prunes and more make a tasty pie. Re-hydrate first and you have a frugal, delicious pie.

Pie from the Freezer

There are numerous ways to add frozen fruit to a pie. There doesn’t seem to be a uniform way to make it perfect – but pie doesn’t have to be perfect, just tasty. Some folks suggest, thawing and draining off excess the water. Still, others suggest putting the berries or other fruit in there frozen and using a lattice crust to let more moisture evaporate.

A simple way to use frozen fruit for a pie is to take 3 pounds of frozen fruit and let it thaw, draining off the excess moisture. Once drained, toss that fruit with 1/3 cup of flour. Add sugar to taste. Pour filling in a 9″ pie plate lined with an unbaked pie crust, top with a lattice crust. Bake as usual. Sometimes this works perfectly, sometimes it is a little loose (runny) but still tasty.

Pie from the Root Cellar

Make your pumpkin pie from any homegrown winter squash in your stash. Cook and puree and voila – homemade pumpkin puree. Truly any winter squash will make a suitable ‘pumpkin’ pie filling – go with Hubbard, Butternut, Buttercup, Sweet Meat, etc. etc.

It’s easy to skip over vegetables when thinking about pie but there are some incredible vegetable based pies to consider.

As the holidays and feasts draw near, look to the pantry for homegrown and home-preserved pie fillings sure to please and impress.

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Diane N

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

I make a lot of pies, one little tip that I discovered instead of putting an egg wash on a pie top is using real mayonnaise. I really hate to crack an egg just to egg wash a pie top, it seems such a waste. So one day I looked into the fridge and thought I'd try mayonnaise. All I do is paint a small amount of mayo on the crust and then sprinkle sugar over it. It turns out perfect every time and no one will ever know the difference.

Kathie Lapcevic

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

Thanks so much for the tip.

Mary Kay Lawrence

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

I made your Meyer Lemon Lavender jelly last week. Oh my goodness...not only does it look beautiful, it tastes absolutely amazing. My thought was to make it for Christmas gifts but I love it so much I may not be able to give a single jar away! Thank you for a beautiful recipe!

Kathie Lapcevic

Wednesday 15th of November 2017

Oh, thank you. Yay, I'm so glad you liked it.


Thursday 17th of November 2016

I love this information Kathie! Very helpful and I thank you for sharing it :)

Love, JES @ Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

Homespun Seasonal Living

Thursday 17th of November 2016

I'm so glad you found it useful! Happy pie baking.