Times past I have canned beef stew. I am down to just a few quarts of stew, so it was time to can more.
I did things a bit differently this time. Instead of adding beef cubes to the jars, I canned just the vegetables.
My grocery order last week included 6 lbs. of carrots, 4 lbs. of onions and 10 lbs. of potatoes. The vegetables were peeled, sliced and diced. I wish I had remembered to buy celery, but I have half pint jars of canned celery on the shelf that I can toss into the stew when I heat it.
Each quart jar got 1 cup of diced potatoes, 1 cup of sliced carrots, 1/3 cup of diced onions, 2/3 cup of crushed tomatoes and 2 beef bouillon cubes. Water was added to within 1 inch from the top of the jar and the quarts were processed for 40 minutes at the pressure for my altitude. Unless it is something like taco meat or chili, I don't use seasonings until I am using the canned food as there are times when seasonings can become bitter or stronger during the canning process.
The beauty of this mixture is that it can be used in several ways. As is, it can be vegetable soup. Add a pint of canned beef cubes and you have vegetable beef soup. Thicken the liquid and you have beef stew to serve over biscuits or rice, or as the filling in a pot pie. I often add a packet of beef gravy mix for extra flavor. And having all the veggies in one jar makes it possible to make small batches of soup or stew instead of having to open several jars for the same results.
I got 14 quarts of vegetable mix. There were leftovers, and not being one to let anything go to waste, I canned them separately. I got 9 pints of diced potatoes, 7 half pints of diced onions and 2 half pints of carrots. They were processed for 40 minutes, which is the longest processing time for one of the vegetables.
Now is not the time to slack off on preparing. Our future right now is uncertain at best. So after Christmas I think I will can something similar for chicken, omitting the tomatoes. With power hungry bureaucrats losing their minds over a virus and promising more lockdowns, it is a good thing to have a variety of foods stored to get us through hard times.
Keep on praying and prepping!