How To Can Homemade Soup

Homemade canned soup – the ultimate convenience food!

I love soups of all kinds. They are a one pot meal. Fewer dishes, for one thing – gotta love that. Soups can stretch your food budget. A little meat goes a long way. And you can use leftovers in delicious combinations. If you start soup early and let it simmer slowly it will make your house smell wonderful!

Crock pot soups are the best. No last minute rush to get dinner on the table. Soup is a great excuse to make my homemade bread. I’m such a bread person!

Prepare ahead of time by canning your own homemade soup. It is easy to do, but there are a few safety tips to remember. Soup always needs to be pressure canned. Remember, any vegetable or meat will be a low acid food and all low acid foods must be processed in a pressure canner for safety. Do not add noodles, rice, flour, cream or any milk or any thickeners. All these can be added when you heat the soup to serve it. If you are using beans or peas they must be cooked prior to canning.

American-made pressure canners are available in 5 sizes. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.
American-made pressure canners are available in 5 sizes. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Directions for canning soup are pretty simple:

1. Cook any meats and vegetables. If you are using dried beans in your soup, cook them before canning. Cover the beans with water by a couple of inches. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let soak for at least 1 hour and drain.

2. Combine all soup ingredients and add whatever broth you may be using (chicken broth, beef broth, canned tomatoes or water). Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Remember, no thickeners, pasta or rice. These can be added later when you serve the soup.

3. Fill your jars, leaving a 1 inch head space. The best way to do this is to fill each jar about halfway full with the solid ingredients. Then add your liquid to fill the jar. This method allows you more control over how much solid soup ingredients make it into each jar. You won’t end up with some jars being mostly broth and others having too many solid ingredients. In addition, you want to be sure to have enough liquid in your jars so that the heat will penetrate fully. So don’t overstuff the jars with solid ingredients.

4. Place your lids on the jars and follow pressure canning instructions. Process pints 60 minutes, quarts 75 minutes. Be sure to adjust your pressure according to your altitude. If your soup has seafood in it, you will need process either pints or quarts for 100 minutes!

soup plate
Timeless, practical and unbreakable, our stainless steel soup plates are the perfect size and shape for soups and stews, salads, even the main course. A customer favorite! At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Canned Soups are a great quick meal, healthy and convenient. See this page at SimplyCanning.com for more detailed instructions on pressure canning.

Editor’s Note: This post first published in January 2011.

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11 years ago

[…] Continued here: Home-Canned Soup: The ultimate convenience food | Lehman's Country … […]

Bob Clark
10 years ago

We talked about this all weekend. Kept talking about one pot, fewer dishes, making better use of what we have and stretching food budget. If we talk about woodstoves, would you send us one?

John Juhasz
John Juhasz
10 years ago

Great article. I love soup but we’ve always turned to freezing the leftovers vs. canning them, because I wasn’t sure of how safely preserve them. Thank you for the tips.

Marlene June Hill
Marlene June Hill
10 years ago

same here, I always freeze my soup, mostly because I make a big batch and have leftovers, might be nice to try and purposely make a batch to can. Would still have to freeze left overs because it would have the rice or pasta all ready in it.

Lori East
Lori East
10 years ago

I can vegetable soup with all those little end-of-the-garden bits, a few beans here, some okra there. It is fabulous to have on-hand on snowy days like this…no run to the store, all we have to do is heat it. Sometimes (if I think of it early enough), I throw in a handful of barley or rice (sometimes wheat berries) and let them cook while it heats. Think I’ll go get a jar now!

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