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Canning Homemade Soup

December 2, 2009

What kind of preservatives would I use when canning vegetable soup in jars? How long can I keep them before they spoil? I am using all natural straight from the ground vegetables for this soup.

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By Lavoris McGhee from Little Rock, AR

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December 21, 20090 found this helpful
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As the other feedback says,you need a pressure cooker but you will also need to add a teaspoon of salt to each jar of soup. That is a preservative in its self. Look up Ball.com and ask for their blue book. It tells you what you need to know about canning. Be especially careful about sterilizing your jars and rings, for they can carry germs that will cause your soup etc to spoil. I've canned Moose meat with gravy and it's the best I've ever eaten.

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August 27, 2011

Can I can homemade soup with cabbage in it?

By Kathy S from PDC, WI

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August 30, 20111 found this helpful
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Yes, you can. My grandmother's vegetable soup includes cabbage and for as long as I can remember, she canned it every year.

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August 30, 20110 found this helpful
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I always add cabbage to my veggie soup even when I make my WW version without any meat. It really adds a lot to it. If I don't have a head of cabbage I just buy a small bag of shredded cabbage (cole slaw) and add some of that.

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September 26, 2017

Whenever I put my hot soup in a mason jar and use a new lid, it seals when it cools. Is this process OK and safe?


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September 26, 20170 found this helpful

This is not safe. You need to use a water bath canning method. You need a deep stockpot, a trivet, clean dishtowels, and canning tongs.

Step 1
Put your soup in the jar. Wipe off any excess with a clean towel.

Step 2
Seal the jars.

Step 3
Put on a trivet.

Step 4
Cover with water. Your jars must have 1-2 inches of water above them.

Step 5
Begin processing time. You can refer to the Ball Book of Canning, or any recipe.

Step 6
Use the canning tongs when processing time is done to remove the jars.

Step 7
Let cool on the counter.

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September 26, 20170 found this helpful

No, I am sorry it is not safe. All soup made at home needs to be pressured canned.

  • When making homemade canned soups do not add noodles, cream, milk, rice or flour. You can add all these ingredients when you open and heat up the soup.
  • If you are using peas or beans they must be cooked prior to canning.
  • You can only use ingredients that are safe to can. Cabbage is not safe to can and use in your soup.
  • Do not can pureed soups. However, your can always leave the chunks whole and can them. Then when you open the jar you will puree the soup to serve it.
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September 26, 20170 found this helpful

This may be safe if you moved the jars to the refrigerator and used within 3 or 4 days; but storing - no, it would not be safe.

  • Canning soups safely can only be done in a pressure canner. I do not believe there are any safe alternatives.
  • Use a pressure canner: Unlike fruits and tomatoes, soup is a low-acid food and cannot be safely preserved using the boiling water bath method. The only safe way to can soup is with a pressure canner, which reaches temperatures high enough to kill bacteria and spores.
  • From the National Canning site: Use a tested recipe: As tempting as it may be to put up your own concoction, canning experts strongly advise following recipes tested for the proper ingredients, processing time, and canner pressure.
  • No dry beans: If your recipe includes beans or peas, make sure they are fully re-hydrated first.

Most of the information from everyone can be found on this web site:
www.simplycanning.com/canning-soup.html

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September 26, 20170 found this helpful

I agree that it is unsafe to just put the soup in the jar and let it seal itself without processing. There is always the danger of botulism, especially in low acid foods. The only thing I do not pressure process or use the boiling water method for high acid foods is when making freezer jam, which is entirely different and depends upon being frozen quickly after all other directions are followed.

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September 27, 20170 found this helpful

Storing soup in mason jars before cooling.

Step 1
This is not safe you should allow the soup to cool before putting on the lid or even putting soup in the jars.

Step 2
If you have a glass jar with shoulders make sure you fill it under the shoulders to avoid broken glass.

Step 3
Place the lid on loosely until the soup is frozen.

Step 4
Leave a little space between jars in the freezer.

Step 5
You can also store them in the box the jars came with to avoid breaking your jars.

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September 28, 20170 found this helpful

That isn't safe, no. Here is the canning method you should use in the future.

Step 1
Clean your hands and all of the tools you'll be using.

Step 2
Remove the lids from the jars.

Step 3
Place the jars on top of the rack in your canning pot.

Step 4
Fill the pot and jars with enough water to cover them and then bring to a boil.

Step 5
You want to soften the lids so bring them to a boil, as well.

Step 6
Remove all boiled items from pot and set on a dry towel.

Step 7
Fill your jars with soup leaving a 1/2 inch at the top.

Step 8
Screw on the lids securely.

Step 9
Lower the jars back into your canning pot of boiling water using sturdy tongs or a jar lifter.

Step 10
Start your timer once the water has returned to a boil. (The cooking time will vary depending on your soup.)

Step 11
Allow jars to cool for 24 hours. They may be stored in a cool, dark place for up to a year.

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August 30, 2019

I want to can/jar my home made Maryland crab soup. It contains crushed tomatoes, cooked vegetables, and crab meat. Everything was cooked together and brought to a safe temperature. I practiced two ways. Just jarring it strait out of the pots into jars. I put lids on and that seemed fine. But someone told me I had to pressure cook even though everything was already cooked.

I tried pressure cooking the already cooked soup and the pressure cooker over cooked the soup. I did another batch using the first method and it seemed fine until a few exploded. This batch was set in a room that exceeded 80 degrees, is that why they exploded?

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August 30, 20190 found this helpful

You do need to pressure can the soup. Get the Ball Blue Book of Canning.

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July 31, 2016

Can you use mixed canned vegetables in pressure canning homemade vegetable soup?


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March 5, 20170 found this helpful

I wouldn't. They have already been pressure cooked once, and to do it a second time they would be mushy. You could do it without the pressure cooker though.

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March 6, 20170 found this helpful

You can make the soup, and then add them in at the end. If you put them in at the beginning and pressurize, they will be too soft and mushy.

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July 17, 2010

I had heard when canning homemade soup you just need to cook it like you are going to serve it, then fill the jars and turn them upside down. Does this work to create a proper seal?

By heather from West Liberty, KY

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July 17, 20100 found this helpful

Heather,
I wouldn't do or trust it. Read the archived information below. I have a book about canning from Ball (Ball Blue Book of Preserving). It has very detailed information about how to can/preserve different things. You don't want to mess around with this, whoever consumes the food could get deathly ill!

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August 4, 20160 found this helpful

Yes you need to cook your soups before canning better safe than sorry.

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February 26, 2015

I'm single and made a large pot of soup. I wanted to save some. I put the hot soup in a jar with a tight lid. It cooled and the lid popped in good seal. How long can I keep in refrigerator or not and be safe?

By Ray

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February 26, 20150 found this helpful

From your letter, it appears that you did not properly can the soup but, rather, just put it in a jar. Whether the lid "popped" or not, the soup is not safely canned. Depending upon the ingredients, the soup may last a few days to a week in your refridgerator. Why not just freeze?

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September 21, 2013

How long and at what pressure should I can quarts of homemade tomato soup?

By Kathy M

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January 21, 2013

Can I use rice and barley in homemade chicken soup to can? Does anyone have a good recipe to try?

By Holly S.

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December 25, 2012

I live at just under 8000 ft in Colorado. I canned some chicken coconut curry soup and some tortilla chicken soup today. Yep Christmas day and I choose to can. Anyway, I pressure cooked the quart jar for 60 minutes with the weight for 15 pound. Then I read it should have been in for 90 minutes. My pressure cooker is a cheap one, no thermostat, so I trust the temp was high enough. Can I rerun the soup or will that work?

By Trampus

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August 13, 2016

When canning you will want to determine the safest way to can certain foods, some require a pressure canner others a hot water bath. This is a page about canning soups without a pressure canner.

Several jars of processed soups with lids covered in decorative burlap

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September 28, 2016

This is a page about, "Why did the lids pop on my canned soup?". Depending on where you are in the canning process popping lids can mean different things.

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August 13, 2016

This is a page about canning soup containing cabbage. Certain vegetables can well, while others do not.

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July 17, 2010

I have a pal, who cans her own homemade soups. She'll prepare a big batch of soups and home can them.

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