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There is nothing quite like a hot bowl of homemade soup on a cold and windy day. But if you are like me, sometimes you want the food but maybe not all the mess, or you don’t have the time at that moment. If you learn to can your soup, you only have the mess once, but can enjoy the soup over and over again!
Home Canned Vegetable Beef soup is one of my favorites! It also a perfect soup to make at the end of the season when the last of the vegetables are finishing. This post isn’t a typical recipe. It’s more of a guideline to allow you to use your personal recipe.
Even though this soup has to be pressure canned, it is still relatively easy to make and can. For using your specific pressure canner, read your instructions that came with it. It will require you to put a few quarts in your canner to start, add your jars with lids, properly attach the cover, let the steam release, let the pressure build, cook for the allotted time and then cool down. If you don’t have a pressure canner yet, I highly recommend the All American Pressure Canner. Another good, but less expensive option is the Presto Pressure Canner.
Step One: Gather and Prep your ingredients
This is the fun part in my opinion. I love looking for and buying fresh produce or picking it from the garden. There is just something rewarding about having a counter full of fresh ingredients instead of all the processed store boxes and cans. For this soup, I use carrots, potatoes, corn, green beans, peas, onions, celery, bell peppers, and beef (whatever is cheapest). Don’t worry, even the toughest harshest cuts of meat will turn out tender once the canning process is complete.
You will want to wash all your vegetables and cut them into the size you prefer for your soup. I like everything cut into 1/4″-1/2″ cubes/dices. I also leave the skin on the potatoes when I use baby reds.
If you don’t want all the trouble of washing/peeling/ chopping fresh veggies, you can always use freeze dried veggies. They have all the same nutrients as fresh garden produce, but don’t require any prep time and work well in canning!
Step Two: Cook your soup
In a large stockpot or pressure cooker, add a little oil and your meat. I used beef stew meat for this soup. Brown your meat and add the seasonings that you like. I use pepper, garlic and onion powder and a little salt.
Once the beef has been browned, you can then add your stock/broth and your vegetables. I used to use V8 juice along with some beef broth. But since I found out about tomato powder, I’ve switched. I now use boiling water, tomato powder, and beef bouillon. It works well to give a nice deep flavor. Once everything is added, and you have seasoned to your taste with salt and pepper, let it simmer until the vegetables start to get tender. You don’t want to cook it too long in the pot because it will all cook more during the canning process and you don’t want everything to become mush. Then let it simmer, and in about 20-30 minutes, you’ve got homemade vegetable soup!
Step Three: Fill Jars and Pressure Cook
Now you are ready to fill your hot, prepared jars. I like to put my soup in wide mouth pint jars so that they are single serving size. Fill your jars making sure to keep 1″ of headspace. Make sure you remove any air bubbles.
Next, make sure you are giving your jars a water bath. Water-bath canning is very important because it ensures safe storage at room temperature for up to a year. Canned foods that are stored in a freezer typically last for 3 to 5 years.
For an easy guide to water-bath canning, click here.
Now you are ready for the pressure canning. Place your jars into your canner, following your canner’s instructions. In my large canner, I can fit 16 pints (8 per layer) with a separator between layers.
Adjust your canner lid, bring up to pressure and process pints for 1 hour and 15 minutes for pints at 10 pounds of pressure (1 hour and 30 minutes for quarts). Let cool before removing jars.
Enjoy your home canned vegetable beef soup!
Canning vegetable beef soup is easy using the pressure canning method!
If you want to learn more about canning, this free webinar is a great resource! Just click HERE, then press play to watch the free one hour webinar. Then, you can click on any of the links on that are on that page if you are interested in taking a full eCourse.
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