On this past Friday I got out my big electric roaster and dumped in the 6 lbs of Great Northern dry beans that had soaked in water overnight, 2 lbs. of diced carrots, 2 lbs. of diced onions, 5 lbs. of diced boneless ham and the left over ham from a nice ham bone that I had simmered the day before. The broth from the ham bone plus enough water to generously cover all the ingredients went in next along with a small jar of ham soup base plus a couple tablespoons each of garlic granules and celery powder. The soup slow cooked all day until the beans were nearly tender.
Saturday morning I started canning the soup and when all was said and done, there were 14 quarts and 9 pints of seriously good ham and bean soup. In the same canner load of pints of soup went 4 pints of chicken breast that I found while cleaning out the freezer in my fridge. I really need to pay better attention to what I have in the freezer. Occasionally I will find a surprise that I forgot was in there. :)
Sunday was devoted to putting my kitchen to rights as it sort of looked like someone had set off a bean bomb in the middle of it. I had several bags of beef scraps left over from the last time I canned beef. I thawed the beef and it went into a stock pot with the peels from the carrots and onions I put into the bean soup along with plenty of water. That simmered all day and then I strained off the broth. The broth is in the fridge keeping cool so I can skim off the fat. I will go through the meat scraps and salvage any pieces of meat big enough to can with the broth.
But today I need a bit of a break from canning. The aroma of chocolate chip cookies is wafting through my apartment. Soon that will be replaced with the smell of peanut butter cookies and possibly a batch of sugar cookies. Sometimes cookies are just necessary to a person's well being. At least, that's what floats my boat today!
Now that I have half pint jars I will can bbq pork tomorrow. The meat is thawing and the bbq sauce is ready.
But for today, it's all about the cookies. :)
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