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Tomato Vegetable Beef Soup {Pressure Canned}

I love to get up early before the household wakes.

Mornings are busy, there is always something that needs to be tended, laundry to hang on the line, breakfast to serve and clean up, and schooling to begin. In order to start the day properly, I have been waking up before everyone to have some quiet down downstairs alone. My body is now trained and it is easy to wake up at 5 a.m. or a smidge earlier. My incredible mother gets up every day at 3:30 a.m. She is crazy – 😉 but dedicated to her schedule. She has set a great example … I truly think getting up before your children is a great way to start your day. Yes, you need to go to bed earlier, if you can, in order to manage enough sleep, however, I do think we expect more sleep than we really need for our body.

However, that is another post for another time …. right now,  I’m sitting in a quiet, oil-lamp-lit living room – the sun is just beginning to peek over the horizon. I have a hot cup of coffee to drink and a sermon to listen too. All is quiet except the hissing sound of the kettle on the warm wood stove and the gentle ticking of the cuckoo clock on the kitchen wall. I have started a batch of bread and it is raising in the warming drawer of the oven. Abby has just left to take our meat birds to the butcher (I always feel a little guilty when this day comes …. I still feel badly for the chickens!). Soon our freezer will be filled with 47 home-raised, organic chickens. What a wonderful addition to our food supply! I am so grateful.

In the kitchen, the canning has not stopped. There are jars and jars of canned foods ready to be stored in our Provision Room [which is a simple room in our 120 year old ‘basement’ where I have  a dedicated space to store our canning and goods – I wish it was nice enough to take a picture to show you all the canning, but the room is, sadly, an ugly room. I have dreams of making it look nice as well as functional in the years to come].

   

{the traffic jam of freshly canned goods ready to go to the Provision Room}

Pressure canning soups is a fantastic way to preserve fresh vegetables that are in season, as well as to make your life easier in the long run. It may be time consuming to cut up all the vegetables and prepare the items for the soup-making, but it is truly worth it. Put on your favorite music, ask your children to help you if you wish, listen to a sermon or podcast and the time will go swiftly.

Here is another recipe I pressure canned this week. I am recording the recipes on the blog for my own personal use in the future, as well as to share to my lovely readers.

Homemade Beef, Vegetable & Tomato Soup

1 roast, cooked & chopped
roughly 10 diced potatoes
6 sticks of celery, diced
6-8 raw tomatoes, diced
6 raw onions, diced
peas (optional)
4 cups of beans
6 cups of  corn
4 cups of green beans, optional
3 cups of carrots, diced
roughly one litre of tomato juice
3-4 litres of beef broth
salt to taste (I always find recipes are too salty)
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons of parsley
2 tsp. pepper

Pre-cook your roast and have it ready and chopped.

You will only need to partially cook your vegetables.
Mix all your soup ingredients together, warm thoroughly. Prepare your canning jars and lade in your soup.

Pressure can for 60 minutes at 10 lbs pressure.
This recipe will make approximately 21 litres of delicious soup.

These types of soups are great for after church –
with little time to heat and serve a hot meal for your family. Simply add in a loaf of delicious bread or buttered biscuits
with some cheese and there you have it – a lovely meal for your family!
They also work well on homeschool busy days or when you have company over last minute.
[When pressure canning, be sure not to add your rice or pasta noodles.]
When you are ready to serve the soup, simply add it in then.

Do you have any {pressure canned} recipes to share?

P.S. I am sharing this sweet photo of the children on the first week of school … Lovelyn (5) is showing off her new smile, after losing her first tooth that week. The dresses are English school dresses – a gift from our dear friends in England. We love these dresses! They wear so well and look tidy if we need to go out on a “field trip” or such.

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October 3, 2016 - 2:15 pm

kimberly - I love reading your wonderful blog, thank you.

October 3, 2016 - 3:08 am

Rebecca - Oh it’s so encouraging to hear you are a night owl too! I stay up till 12am too on most days — I need to stop that, ugh! Thanks so much for responding to my comment — and your nightly routine sounds so great too — ours is always so chaotic, its one of the things I want to work on…

October 2, 2016 - 4:05 pm

admin - and a dirt floor, at that!

October 2, 2016 - 4:04 pm

admin - Lindy, that sounds a bit like my Provision Room, that is for sure! Glad to hear I am not the only one with a damp floor! :S

October 2, 2016 - 4:03 pm

admin - Rebecca, I understand! By nature, I am a night owl. I love my quiet nights, peaceful evenings alone (sort of alone?) to get stuff done or sit and relax and read a book, etc., But I just find being a mother, with household chores, I need to be alert and ready to face the day instead of groggy and un-prepared so I am trying to switch to being a morning person vs. a night person. It is about training your body to sleep, I suppose. I go to bed around 10/10:30. I used to go to bed at 12 a.m. or later! Not anymore – I found, being pregnant so often, I was aching for sleep and bed so maybe my body trained itself to go to bed early instead of staying up late.
Re: time with husband – he often works late in the evening. On the nights that he is home, he is just as tired as I am so we both go to bed at the same time. 🙂
Nightly routine would be barn chores with big girls, then washing up (bathing the little ones, etc.) washing kitchen floor, ensuring the house is tidy (never go to bed with a dirty house!), reading stories (one little girl story, one big girl chapter book and the Bible) and then lights off for the little ones around 8. The older girls can read till 9 p.m. as long as they are quiet in their beds.
I’ll work on the ugly photo of the ugly provision room! 😉
Thank you for your encouraging words. 🙂

October 1, 2016 - 7:22 pm

Rebecca - Oh gosh, I wont tell you what time I get up in the mornings! I keep wanting to be a morning person but I’ve always been such a night owl! What time do you go to bed at night? Do you have a nightly routine? And if you go to bed early, when do you spend time with your husband? I would love to hear more about how you do all of this.

Also, your canning photos and posts are making me all jealous! Love them! I would love to see your ugly pantry — i have an ugly one too I’m hoping to spruce up in the near future.

I so enjoy reading your blog! Thanks for sharing!

September 30, 2016 - 11:48 pm

Lynda Lu Gibb - Don’t feel so badly about your provision room. When I was a girl our family home had a dedicated basement room for preserves too. It was a dirt floor, usually with water on the ground.I walked on planks to stay above that. There were salamanders to watch out for and a bulb with a chain for light, halfway along the plank.. so.. I don’t think pictures would be a shock!! LOL..

September 28, 2016 - 5:50 pm

Sarah - We enjoyed using the canned turnips in stews. They seemed to retain there flavor quite well. It was a great way to take advantage of an abundant turnip harvest. : ) Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog.

September 28, 2016 - 12:36 pm

admin - Thank you, Sarah! Tell me – did you like canned turnips? I have quite a few from the garden. Wondering if I should can them or not?
I love your sewing – your aprons are divine! And I adore your shawls!

September 28, 2016 - 10:59 am

Sarah - Thank you for sharing your soup recipe! When my sisters and I were all single and living at home we used our pressure canner a lot. We canned chicken, roasts, meatballs, turnips etc. My mom and I are planning to make chicken soup to can and hopefully a couple other recipes (maybe your recipe!). When winter colds come it is so nice to have homemade soup on hand. I would be interested to see what you do with your provision room. We too have an old basement, our house was built in the early 1850’s. Currently I am storing my jars in our laundry room. I so enjoy your blog! Thank you for all of your wonderful advice and tips.