Hot soup is delicious on a winter day and a good way to use some of the garden vegetables in my freezer. In the summer, I cut up fresh vegetables and freeze them when I do not have time to can. I also freeze celery and other ingredients left-over from recipes. A variety makes a rich vegetable soup. After sorting through my two freezers, I gleaned this for a large kettle of soup:

green beans

I added frozen potatoes left-over from a hash brown casserole, a can of whole-kernel corn and a can of lima beans.

Cover the vegetables with enough water and/or tomato juice to cover. Add a bay leaf, sweet basil, garlic, lemon pepper or Greek Seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Add concentrated beef or chicken base if desired. Bring to a boil; then simmer until vegetables are tender. Add more liquid if necessary. Taste and adjust seasoning. Add brown sugar to taste if desired.

We had a hearty soup supper and I saved another quart for another day. The remaining soup I canned for pantry dinners:

Wash, rinse and sterilize canning jars and lids, keeping everything hot and ready. Place new lids in simmering water and keep hot. Fill quart jars, leaving a one inch headspace. Remove any air bubbles and adjust headspace as needed by adding additional liquid from the soup. Wipe jar rims with a damp cloth then tighten hot lids and bands to fingertip tightness.

Process in a pressure canner at 10 pounds pressure for 85 minutes. Let cool on towel. Listen for “ping” to indicate jars have sealed. Tighten bands and label jars before storing.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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