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    Clear Jel for Pie Fillings

    Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:21 pm
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    ClearJel is a corn starch that has been modified to give it special and unique characteristics when used in food products. It can be used for canned fruit pie fillings because it does not break down in the acid food mixtures and does not thicken enough during heat processing to interfere with the intended effect of the heat on killing bacteria during canning. It's the last item in the last sentence that the Extension Service is worried about in relation to home canning.

    ClearJel's density is designed into it, so it will allow heat penetration without any changes to the foods processing time. It is preferred for thickening canned pie fillings as well as other foods over other corn starches because it has less or no aftertaste, the thickened juices are smooth and clear, it will not separate and foods thickened with ClearJel may be frozen.

    Before assembling the other ingredients, including fresh fruits, to make the pie fillings in Extension Service canning recommendations, check to see if you will be able to get ClearJel.

    There is no substitution for ClearJel that can be made in these particular recipes. This means do not use other corn starch, flour, tapioca, or other thickener in Extension Service recipes. You also must use ClearJel and not Instant ClearJel, ClearJel A, any other form of ClearJel, or any other modified corn starch.

    The marketing plans being discussed for ClearJel at the time the Extension Service home-canned pie filling recipes were developed have never materialized. Unfortunately, ClearJel is available only through a few supply outlets and is not currently available in traditional grocery stores. Some bulk food stores or cooperatives may carry it; be sure you are getting ClearJel.

    Note: There are about 3 cups in 1 pound of ClearJel. Extension fruit pie filling recipes take about 1 - 2 cups per 6-7 quarts of pie filling.

    Some sources as of this time:
    Barry Farm Foods,
    20086 Mudsock Road,
    Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895.
    FAX: 419-741-0800
    Cost: 16 oz - $3.19 Item #MO12

    Mail or phone order only:
    The Ingredient (Division of Ames Company, Inc.)
    P.O. Box 46
    New Ringgold, PA 17960
    Cost: 16 oz $7.95 Item# 312-16
    50# - $106.54
    (Normally shipped within 2-3 weeks from receipt of order.)

    Kitchen Krafts
    P.O. Box 442
    Waukon, IA 52170
    Cost: 1 lb $6.50 Item# IN0900
    5 lb $31.95 Item# IN0903
    (Shipping: $5.95 for up to $14.99 worth of purchase.
    Typical turn around is 1-2 days plus shipping time.)

    Walton Feed, Inc.
    135 North 10th P.O. Box 307
    Montpelier, ID 83254
    Cost: 17 oz can $6.60 Item# U141
    64 oz can $16.05 Item# J141
    25 lb bag $46.45 Item# B085
    (Typical turn around is 1-2 days plus shipping time.)

    My Spice Sage
    4 oz. $4.25
    16 oz. $12.25
    5 Pounds $35.75
    10 Pounds $47.25
    50 Pounds $145.75
    Free shipping within the US on all orders

    It's also available on at various prices per pound, depending upon the vendor. Shipping also varies.

    For Australians, Col Flo 67 or Firm-Tex appear to be the closest equivalents if ClearJel is unavailable.
    Firm-tex comes in a 22.7kg package for $98.05 and should be available at either Southways or Grande Foods in W.A.

    Bakels Australia
    Col Flo 67 Item Number: #358302
    25kg bag (I couldn't find a price)

    Canadians can order ClearJel from
    Golda's Kitchen Inc.
    2885 Argentia Rd Unit 6
    Mississauga, Ontario L5N 8G6
    1-866-GOLDA-99 (1-866-465-3299)
    500g - C$6.00 Product Code: GK6001


    edited: 1/8/2012

    Last edited by Molly53 on Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:42 am, edited 7 times in total
    jln's mom
    Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:43 am Groupie
    Thanks for the info, this has always confused me with the different types, you have cleared that up though. Thanks
    Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:14 am Groupie
    Judging by all the inquiries about this last season, this info might make a good sticky.
    Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:04 am
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    Zeldaz wrote:
    Judging by all the inquiries about this last season, this info might make a good sticky.
    You're right.

    I thought it was better to be proactive with the information so that folks could get ready/get the ClearJel ordered for the upcoming canning season.
    Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:56 am
    Forum Host
    It's time again to consider ordering ClearJel for the upcoming canning season.
    Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:50 pm
    Forum Host
    Bumping because it's that time of year again! icon_smile.gif
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