Sunday, August 22, 2010

Home Canning Chicken Soup

Makes about 4 (32 oz) quarts or 8 (16 oz) pints
You will need:
 16 cups chicken stock
 3 cups diced chicken (about 1 3-lb chicken)
 1-1/2 cups diced celery (about 2 stalks)
 1-1/2 cups sliced carrots (about 3 medium)
 1 cup diced onion (about 1 medium)
 Salt, optional
 Pepper, optional
 3 chicken bouillon cubes, optional
 4 (32 oz) quart or 8 (16 oz) pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands

1.) PREPARE pressure canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
2.) COMBINE chicken stock, chicken, celery, carrots and onion in a large saucepot. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired. Add bouillon cubes, if desired. Cook until bouillon cubes are dissolved.
3.) LADLE hot soup into hot jars leaving 1 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center hot lid on jar. Apply band and adjust until fit is fingertip tight.
4.) PROCESS filled jars in a pressure canner at 10 pounds pressure 1 hour and 15 minutes for pints and 1 hour and 30 minutes for quarts, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.

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