Tuesday, January 08, 2019 by Mary Miller
There are many ways to preserve your food supply and extend its shelf life. One of the easiest and most effective of these food preservation techniques is canning. It is useful for preserving fresh fruits and vegetables as these tend to expire very quickly if they are not preserved in some form. If you are growing your own produce, you can harvest them during the summer months and still enjoy their nutritious goodness well into the winter months by canning them. Here is a simple recipe you can follow to make and can your very own homemade vegetable soup. (h/t to NewLifeOnAHomestead.com.)
The fresher the vegetables are, the better your soup will be. Ideally, your vegetables should be prepared right after harvesting.
There are two types of canning methods. These are hot water bath canning and pressure canning. Foods with a high acid content, such as tomatoes, can be safely preserved using the hot water bath canning system. However, foods with a low acid content are more suited for pressure canning as this allows for substantially higher temperatures that can kill off any harmful bacteria. It is unsafe to process low acid foods with a hot water bath canner. Since some of the vegetables in this recipe have a low acid content, the vegetable soup will need to be canned using the pressure canning method. (Related: An essential guide to canning: What you need and how to get started.)
If you happen to live at a high altitude, you may need to adjust it to the proper processing time and amount of pressure. Remember to consult with your canner’s instruction manual for the appropriate measurements.
If you want to learn more ways to preserve your food supply, you can read more articles by going to FoodSupply.news.
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