Pressure Canning Quart Jars of Potato Soup.
First let us talk about why we do not add thickener's to our soups in general. Adding flour or other thickening agents to a canned soup prevents heat from penetrating to the center of the jar. This is going to interfere with the safe processing which would destroy the bacterial spores that cause botulism. Never add thickening agents to home canned products. And never puree your soup the heat will not be able to get it to a safe temperature.
Wait until you are ready to prepare the soup or food for eating time. When you open and prepare it you can add the flour, cornstarch or other thickening product to it.
Once you have made your Potato Soup here is the make sure you do list:
- Make sure the soup is boiling prior to canning
- Have your pressure canner prepared
- Sanitize the canning jars and lids
- Ladle soup into clean sanitized jar leaving 1" head space
- Wipe the rims off the jars clean and cap with twist cap
- Tighten them so they are secure but not super tight. Taunt is good
- Process filled jars in a pressure canner, at 10 pounds pressure for weighted canners or 11 pounds for dial-gauge canners, for 75 minutes for quarts or 60 minutes for pints.
- Thank you Melanie !
Let us get the recipe started enough information even thought knowledge is so powerful in our canning world.
NOTE : I cook my potatoes in Water but use the Warm Chicken broth to fill half of the jar's. The other half just get water for other recipes so use which ever you will need for your recipes or canning preference.
Ingredients5 pound bag of potato medley/any potato's will do.
3 cups chicken stock or more if needed for liquid to fill jar's
2 strips of bacon chopped (optional)
half onion finely chopped
2 garlic clove's finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
NOTE: To add the bacon is a personal option. It is such a small amount in the recipe that I have never had an issue with the time or the results. BUT please use caution as this recipe has not been tested by the National Center for Home Preservation.
You need to get all your ingredients ready for the potato soup. This is one rule I follow be ready.
If I use the lighter smaller potatoes there is no need to peel. I love potato skins but the thicker ones need to be peeled. Toss the peels into the compost pile. I do not fully peel just partial peel.
This is a bad potato. It seems so unnecessary to show you but it is always good to see the bad as well as the good!
Alright get all your chopped potatoes into a large stainless steel pot of water. You always want to start your potato's in a cold water not hot or boiling. Yes, there are as many reasons to this subject of hot vs. cold that it would interfere with the topic to go into it. But to keep it simple you want to always start the potatoes in cold water this way you can insure the potato will cook evenly for the soup.
Get a nice simmer not to much. For only about 5 to 10 minutes they will completely cook in your pressure cooker.
While the potato's are cooking you can prepare the bacon and onion's and garlic. I cut the bacon with my kitchen sizzors. Have your warm stock in a separate pot to pour into your jar's. You also have the option to cook the potatoes in the chicken broth.
In an iron skillet (My Favorite) cook the bacon just until it is getting done. Add the chopped onion just as the onion's getting a nice color add the garlic and cook for a few more minute.
Once this is all golden brown I will chop or crush it a bit smaller. Bite size.
Alright I now have added the ingredients to my par-cooked potatoes and added any spices I want. So much of the potato chunks will break down naturally in the Pressure Canning process but that is ok.
Fill your jar's and leave a least a inch to an inch and a half head space. This is important when pressure canning the jars and ingredients need the space to do what they do best.
Wipe your rim's clean around the jar and cap and twist the seal taunt.
Place your jars into your pressure canner and do not over stuff the pressure canner. The jars should be close but not touching. Yes I could probably put another jar in but I am a very cautious canner.
Add a tablespoon of 5% vinegar to the water in your canner it will get rid of any hard water stains that would be left on your jar's.
Once cooled wash and wipe your jars clean remove twist lid and store for 6 months to one year in a cool dark pantry or spot.
Return the twist lid after the jars have been opened. Why can't they stay on ?
Label and date them. I have forgotten and had many a mystery soup in front of the fireplace.
Disclaimer: This is not an all inclusive recipe for making jam. You should have a basic knowledge and understanding of the canning process before proceeding. Please consult your local Center for Home Preservation for additional information and available classes.