Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Canning Hearty Potato Soup


    We had quite a few potatoes from the garden this season, but unfortunately, as we dug them up, a couple got stabbed or sliced with the pitchforks and shovels. Potatoes like that won't last in the root cellar, so we decided to cann up a batch of hearty potato soup.
    Canning soup is really help once winter comes because that's when we crave soup and are often too tired to make any. with canns of it on the shelves all we have to do is heat it up on the stove and serve it steaming and scrumptious.

    This Bosch Mixer and its slicing attachment makes our lives infinitely easier. We used it to chuck the potatoes, dice the onions, shred the cabbage, and slice the carrots. I don't know how we would manage big batches of soup like this if we didn't have this machine.
    P.S. the ace bandage around my brother's waist isn't protecting a wound or burn or anything. I think he just decided to wear it for fun.

The onions are from our garden too!

We added some browned hamburger to the soup to make it heartier

    The garlic needed to be cut by hand because the Bosch Mixer doesn't dice things up that small. But cutting things by hand every once in a while makes one grateful for the appliances.

    And here it is, all raw and ready to be tossed into the pot: potatoes, onions, celery, garlic, carrots, and even some cabbage along with the hamburger. We don't measure at all as we add everything to the pot, we just eyeball it. 
    After the whole thing simmers for a while it ready to be laded into jars and pressure cooked. I don't have any pictures of the end product so you'll just have to take it on faith that it looked super yummy.

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