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How To Make Canned Cherry Pie Filling Taste Better
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How To Make Canned Cherry Pie Filling Taste Better

Cherries are usually off-season, but you can make it during summer. This how-to guide will make canned cherry pie filling taste better. You can make the same cherry pie recipe in the middle of winter and still get the cherry peak season’s flavor like summertime. Essentially, cherries are classified into tart and sweet. Rainier and Bing are the most popular sweet cherries. In contrast to that, sour cherries are mostly canned for pie filling.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How To Make Canned Cherry Pie Filling Taste Better
Servings: 8
Author: cakedecorist.com




  • Open your can of cherries and drain the juice into a saucepan of medium heat. Place 1/4 of the cherries in a medium-sized bowl, then set aside.
  • Make a slurry by adding cornstarch and water into a small bowl. Pour in the slurry to the medium-sized bowl with cherries, and fold using a rubber spatula.
  • Pour slurry cherries into the saucepan and bring to boil until the cherries start to soften and release their juices for up to 15 minutes.
  • Add the sugar and stir well. Lower down the heat. Continue stirring the mixture until thickened for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the butter and lemon juice, stir and fold in until it incorporates. Then, add a small number of drops of red food coloring.
  • Afterward, remove from heat and cool, then transfer to a jar or place as a pie filling.


When using frozen fruit, make sure to thaw and drain properly. Never microwave the cherries; it will ruin its velvety soft texture and cause it to become grainy. When using sour cherries, jolt the sugar by two tablespoons and lessen lemon juice to two tablespoons. Lemon juice helps balance out the sweetness of the sugar.
Canned cherries should be stored unopened in a cool, dry place off the floor. Put an opened can of cherries in a clean and covered container to be refrigerated and used within three days before refrigerating.
Target’s in-house brand or Market Pantry cherry pie filling and topping has a wonderful tartness and is not overly sweetened compared to other brands. The texture of the filling is soft, and the cherries are delectable. However, if you prefer less tartness, then use Lucky Leaf. On the other hand, use Target run if you desire both tangy and flavorful canned cherry for pie filling.
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