Friday, August 29, 2008

Scatter Brained and Canning

Ok, I know sometimes/most of the time/ all the time I am a bit scatter brained. Last night had to take the cake for not keeping my mind in one place.
I was busy getting the information I had "gathered" for The Weekly Mailer's "School Zone" ready to send to the Editor, and decided to go outside to talk to Kirk while he was working in the garden. While I was out there, I could see that we had lots of red tomatoes, the next thing I knew I was picking tomatoes, pulling carrots and onions and heading for the house.

A couple of hours later...TADA...Veggie Soup Mix! This batch doesn't have celery, well because I don't have any in my garden, but there are still plenty of more veggies out there and I am sure I will have a couple of batches with celery before the end of fall.

I was just glad when I was done canning I remember what I was doing when I went out to talk to Kirk for a minute. I think I got everything sent to the editor. Who knows maybe he ended up with just a veggie soup recipe!

Veggie Soup Mix:

15-30 carrots, sliced

1 Large Bunch celery, sliced

2 - 5 lbs of Onions, cut in chunks

1/2 Bushel Tomatoes, blanch, peel and crush

1/2 Cup Salt

1 Cup Sugar

1 Cup Pearl Barley

Cook carrots, celery and onions in a large pot with enough water to cover everything for 20 mins. Add Salt and Sugar (I will cut the sugar down a little next time it was just a little to sweet for me) and cook for 10 more minutes or until veggies are tender. Add tomatoes and barley. Cook 5 mins. Bottle, Seal and pressure cook at 15# for 25 mins. It made 9 quarts Recipe from Lorna Arbogast

I like to use this to make Chicken Veggie Soup during the winter, add a can of chicken meat, or cook a boneless, skinless chicken breast in water or chicken broth. When it is done add veggie mix and bring to a warm simmer. OH YEA!!! It is a simple and easy meal during the winter when you are running out the door for a High School Football Game!


Jan said...

I adore these canned goods posts. Thanks for the recipe and reminding me that I can can. I get scared sometimes. I am a freezer type gal. But I know I need to preserve more in the sealed way. Thanks.

Mimi Sue said...

Your soup looks yummy. I love it in the winter to grab a jar of whatever, open it and summer comes rushing out. It's one of my favorite things. I so relate to not being focused anymore. When I was younger I seemed to get a lot more done more efficiently. Now I wander around all the time...

parkithere said...

Hi Niece,
I call those moments, "Sr. Moments" My kids at school just laugh at me. Thanks for sharing all your treasured canning items. It looks tasty.
Thanks for always taking the time to write something on my blog.
Miss you......

Anonymous said...

If that's you scatter brained, you beat my "good days" anyday.
I love barley! People don't use barley much anymore.

Count me in for dinner tonight!

Lene said...

canning or weekly mailer?

I think you made a good choice to get some canning done. It sure looks good! I am totally bummed that we won't be there this winter to help you eat some of it.

Barb said...

I just have a regular canner, not a pressure cooker. The instant meal appeal (pre-football game) has me considering some new canning equipment.