Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bottled Vegetable Soup or Stew

Canning does take Time and it does make your kitchen a Mess.  BUT my love for having a jar of soup that we can just crack open and add anything to for a quick dinner or lunch out ways 1 busy day.  Plus it uses ingredients we almost always have around the house.  Another reason to make it - you know what went into this soup.  My #1 tip is to have a frozen pizza on hand for dinner.  That way when you are tired and don't want to spend anymore time in the kitchen you already have something easy for your family for dinner. #2 tip is to put your kids to work.  Having your family help makes it go so much faster. 

This soup once you open a jar can be turned into so many options.  Have fun experimenting.  We add tomato soup, Rotel tomatoes, or canned tomatoes.  Cooked noodles, or even a little leftover rice.  You can add cooked hamburger or this canned chicken,or stew meat.  We have added just about ever creamed soup they make and it's all been great.  Milk or evaporated milk is also great in it.  Cheddar Cheese Soup is one of my kids favorite. 

This is for QUART size jars.

Carrots - Sliced
Potatoes - Diced
Celery - Chopped
Onions - Diced
Beef Boullion - 1 cube per jar
Salt -1/2 tsp per jar
Pepper - 1/4 Tsp per jar
Accent - 1/2 tsp per jar
Pearl Barley - 1 Tbsp per jar
Parsley - 1 Tabsp per jar
Water - HOT to fill jars

1- Prep all your veggies.

2- Place the following in bottom of quart jars:  Each jar gets - 1 Beff Boullion Cube, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of pepper, 1/2 tsp of accent.

3- Fill jar 1/4 of the way with Carrots, add Potatoes to 1/2 full.
Layer in 1/3 cup Celery, 1/4 cup Onions.

4- Spinkle 1 Tbsp Parsely, & 1 Tbsp Pearl Barley over veggies to prevent clumping.

5- Fill rest of jar with carrots and potatoes.

6- Fill jar with HOT water to cover the spuds, BUT remember to leave a 1 inch head space at the top.

7- Boil your lids, place on jars with rings

8- Pressure Cook at 12 lbs for 30 minutes.  (ALWAYS check with your county extension office on the right pressure for your elevation.  I have to do 15 lbs her in Idaho Falls, Idaho)

* Can added cooked hamburger, stew meat, chicken, noodles, any cream of soup you want, milk, tomatoes,  Lipton soup mix, etc. 

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