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Old 08-27-2014, 01:00 AM   #11
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I agree with Kayelle. I also freeze soups -- so much easier then canning. When I make chicken soup, I always bake the chicken. I bake extra so we can have a chicken dinner and the leftover chicken goes into soup. I add all the ingredients to the soup except the chicken and cook it completely. During the last few minutes of cooking, I add the baked chicken (diced). The chicken always stays tender.
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:40 AM   #12
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I hope we've all been helpful to you Freki.

I must admit to being curious why you would choose to can your soup, rather than choosing to freeze it? Even with limited freezer space, ziplock bags take little space when stacked. Many foods are appropriate for canning, but not this IMO, unless really necessary.
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:37 AM   #13
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Nothing wrong with canning soup. Canned soup is still safe even if the power goes out, many people don't have extra freezer space, and no need to wait for the soup to defrost--just pop the jar and heat.

I would skip the grinding next time and just use chunks.

I don't can soup--I do can a lot of stock for soup.
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Old 08-27-2014, 02:57 PM   #14
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My biggest reason for canning rather than freezing, is lack of freezer space. I make our breads too, so the freezer fills up quick, even if the soup doesn't take up much space per bag, I make it in large batches (8 qts of broth each time). In an apartment kitchen, every inch counts!

It's also nice to have homemade soup to give to others, without worrying about spoilage. This was my first try at canned soup with meat in it. My veggie soup is a favourite among my friends and family.

I may try it with chunks next time around and only add it to a couple jars to sample it.
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:24 PM   #15
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I've never heard of a meat grinder that also works as a grinder. How long did it actually cook with the original cook time, the canning time and the heating up time. I think it's your methods.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:30 PM   #16
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I've never heard of a meat grinder that also works as a grinder. How long did it actually cook with the original cook time, the canning time and the heating up time. I think it's your methods.
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