One of the greatest things about preserving your food is making your own food to eat later on! You can control the ingredients, use up what you have on hand, and make delicious food such as this Vegetable Soup. I also like that I can make this recipe in pint jars for work lunches and quart jars for a quick supper.
based from a recipe in Ball Blue Book of Preserving
2 quarts chopped, peeled cored tomatoes (about 12 large)
1.5 quarts cubed and peeled potatoes (about 6 medium)
1.5 quarts 3/4-inch sliced carrots (about 12 medium)
1 quart whole kernal corn, uncooked
2 cups 1-inch sliced celery (about 4 stalks)
2 cups chopped onions (about 2 medium)
1/5 quarts water
Salt and pepper (optional, as you want)
Feel free to play around with the vegetables a bit. I would make sure to keep the tomatoes, but I think the other vegetables can be switched to taste. The original recipe called for 1 quart of lima beans which I did not add because I did not have any on hand. I also added 2 chopped medium-sized zucchini to mine since I had plenty to use up. In the past I have also added bell peppers, green beans, and peas.
I would also caution you on the use of the salt and pepper. I usually never add black pepper when I am canning, but I did the last time I made it. The black pepper made it very peppery and almost too much for my tastes.
1. Combine all vegetables in a large saucepot. Add water; simmer 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
2. Ladle hot soup into hot jars, leaving 1-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Adjust two-piece caps.
3. Process pints 55 minutes, quarts 1 hour and 25 minutes, at 10 pounds pressure in a steam-pressure canner.
Yield: about 14 pints or 7 quarts
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