Don’t let it go to waste! Make something with it. You can bake a pie easily from your preserves no matter what kind of fruit you have stored. When you preserve your fruit, the acid and sugar are what help preserve them so when you use what you stored last year, the taste is oh so much sweeter than your typical fruit.

All Types Are Good

Whether you make it into jam, jelly, or just use it as whole fruit preserves, the results are going to be delicious no matter what you do. In fact, you may find yourself just eating it from the jar! If you already have preserves ready from last year, all you have to do is pop open a can and you are ready to prepare it.

canned peaches

Canning Your Fruit

If you have not canned your fruit, this is typically done by chopping the fruit and mixing it with sugar, pectin, and maybe some other ingredients like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves. The pectin is especially important in making jam or jelly. You can also add a half-teaspoon of butter to keep it from foaming too much. You do not even have to go through the rigorous canning process if you are planning to use the preserves right away.

Always Use Plenty of Sugar

One thing to note. If you are making jelly or jam, be sure to use as much sugar as the recipe calls for. It may seem like a lot. In fact, many recipes call for about five cups of sugar. But you need all that sugar to make the fruit gel properly. The sugar is not all about the flavor. It is the sugar that helps it gel. And do not try to use artificial sweeteners like Splenda because it will not set properly.

Buying from Farmer’s Markets

What if you do not have enough fruit left from your harvest? The kids and grandkids may have come for a visit and ate a bunch or maybe you gifted a lot of it to friends and neighbors. Don’t worry. It is perfectly fine to buy some from a farmer’s market or even a grocery store if you have to.

gooseberries and gooseberry pie

Let’s Get Back to Pie Making

Okay, this is supposed to be about making pies, right? Gather your ingredients. Whether you are using preserves from last year or some that you just made last week, the results should be delicious. It typically only takes 24 hours for preserves to set using pectin, but a week or two would be even better.

Apple Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  1. One quart of apple preserves
  2. One eight- or nine-inch pie pastry

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour in the preserves. Put the top crust over the pie and cut slits for the steam. Crimp the edges and bake it for 50 to 55 minutes. After about a half-hour, you may want to cover the edges with aluminum foil, so they do not get too brown. That’s it! Super easy, right? I don’t know why we insist on paying $5 or $10 on a bakery pie when it is this easy to make.

Blackberry Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  1. One quart of blackberry preserves
  2. One eight- or nine-inch pie pastry

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour in the preserves. Put the top crust over the pie and cut slits for the steam. Crimp the edges and bake it for 50 to 55 minutes. After about a half-hour, you may want to cover the edges with aluminum foil, so they do not get too brown.

Blueberry Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  1. One quart of blueberry preserves
  2. One eight- or nine-inch pie pastry

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour in the preserves. Put the top crust over the pie and cut slits for the steam. Crimp the edges and bake it for 50 to 55 minutes. After about a half-hour, you may want to cover the edges with aluminum foil, so they do not get too brown.

Cherry Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  1. One quart of cherry preserves
  2. One eight- or nine-inch pie pastry

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour in the preserves. Put the top crust over the pie and cut slits for the steam. Crimp the edges and bake it for 50 to 55 minutes. After about a half-hour, you may want to cover the edges with aluminum foil, so they do not get too brown.

Grape Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  1. One quart of grape preserves
  2. One eight- or nine-inch pie pastry

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour in the preserves. Put the top crust over the pie and cut slits for the steam. Crimp the edges and bake it for 50 to 55 minutes. After about a half-hour, you may want to cover the edges with aluminum foil, so they do not get too brown.

Peach Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  1. One quart of peach preserves
  2. One eight- or nine-inch pie pastry

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour in the preserves. Put the top crust over the pie and cut slits for the steam. Crimp the edges and bake it for 50 to 55 minutes. After about a half-hour, you may want to cover the edges with aluminum foil, so they do not get too brown.

Pear Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  1. One quart of pear preserves
  2. One eight- or nine-inch pie pastry

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour in the preserves. Put the top crust over the pie and cut slits for the steam. Crimp the edges and bake it for 50 to 55 minutes. After about a half-hour, you may want to cover the edges with aluminum foil, so they do not get too brown.

Plum Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  1. One quart of plum preserves
  2. One eight- or nine-inch pie pastry

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour in the preserves. Put the top crust over the pie and cut slits for the steam. Crimp the edges and bake it for 50 to 55 minutes. After about a half-hour, you may want to cover the edges with aluminum foil, so they do not get too brown.

Raspberry Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  1. One quart of raspberry preserves
  2. One eight- or nine-inch pie pastry

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour in the preserves. Put the top crust over the pie and cut slits for the steam. Crimp the edges and bake it for 50 to 55 minutes. After about a half-hour, you may want to cover the edges with aluminum foil, so they do not get too brown.

Strawberry Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  1. One quart of strawberry preserves
  2. One eight- or nine-inch pie pastry

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour in the preserves. Put the top crust over the pie and cut slits for the steam. Crimp the edges and bake it for 50 to 55 minutes. After about a half-hour, you may want to cover the edges with aluminum foil, so they do not get too brown.

Watermelon Rind Pie

This one is a bit different. For watermelon rind preserves, you have to add some cinnamon and cloves for a better taste. Use this easy recipe to make the watermelon rind preserve. Then, using your watermelon rind preserves, you can go ahead and use the same steps as with all the others.

Ingredients

  1. One quart of watermelon rind preserves
  2. One eight- or nine-inch pie pastry

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour in the preserves. Put the top crust over the pie and cut slits for the steam. Crimp the edges and bake it for 50 to 55 minutes. After about a half-hour, you may want to cover the edges with aluminum foil, so they do not get too brown.

ripe strawberries

A Final Note

For some of these, like the cherry and other berries, you may want to use lattice crust or some other fancy pie design. No problem. Go for it! And be creative. Try strawberry-rhubarb, apple-cherry, mixed berry, or some other combination. Send us some pictures and/or recipes in the comments below.