Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dueling Canners

After making the chicken stock last night I basically crashed. I had worked the night before and had meetings all morning so I didn't get home until around noon, slept for a few hours and then got up to make dinner. So, as you can imagine, I just couldn't stay up any longer! This morning I awoke, had breakfast, and made chicken soup:

Chicken meat removed from bones
4 c. water
1-2 c. chicken stock (what was left in the pot from last night)
1 onion, originally roasted in the chicken then boiled in the stock, chopped
carrots and celery, chopped
2 bay leaves
kosher salt
pepper
thyme

While this was boiling, I started working on the beets. I had accumulated enough from the farm share to make 2 quarts of pickled beets - 1 jar for me and 1 for my mother-in-law who will be taking it home with her. By the time I got the beets in the jars, the soup was ready. This went into 2 quart jars and 1 pint jar and into the pressure canner. This is the first time I've had both canners going simultaneously. I am surprised I have enough room on my stove - these are both pretty big pots. The little pot is the rest of the chicken soup, waiting for lunchtime. There are a lot of thunderstorms passing through; it seems like a good soup day even though it's humid and hot out there. The beets are now done but the soup is still processing - 45 minutes to go.

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