One of my favorite soups is Clam Chowder and the idea that I wouldn't have to spend all day working on getting that soup cooked, creamed, and clams steamed and added sounded intriguing. The Ball Blue Book has the recipe for Chowder base but as many cooks know that clams can very easily be overcooked and become rubbery. So the thought is how to make this recipe using the ingredients and still get the clam flavor into the base. The key - clam juice! We decided to omit the clams but add clam juice and processes as directed. We will add fresh clams steamed to the soup when served to keep them from being rubbery.
Here is both the New England and Manhattan recipes for the base:
Makes 10 pints or 20 half pints
1/2 pound diced salt pork
1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
3 to 4 quarts (12 to 16 cups chopped clams with juice)
2 quarts (8 cups) diced and peeled potatoes (about 8 medium)
2 quarts (8 cups) boiling water
Salt and Pepper
Cook salt pork until light brown in large saucepot. Drain off excess fat. Add onion and cook until onion is tender but not brown. Add clams with juice, potatoes and water. Boil 10 minutes. Season to taste. Only process in half pints or pints. Ladle hot chowder base into hot jars, leaving 1 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and refill if necessary to headspace. Wipe rims with vinegar, then add two piece lid/rings. Process in pressure canner for 100 minutes at 10 lbs of pressure for weighted gauge canner and 11lbs for dial gauge.
For Mahattan add:
2 cups cooked tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 bay leaf (remove before canning)
1/2 t. thyme
To serve: For New England Chowder, add 2 T. butter and 2 cups milk to each pint of clam chowder base before heating for serving. Reduce butter and milk by half for each half-pint of Chowder Base. NOTE: Do not add butter and milk before canning!
A quick post for all of you that love pineapple like I do. There is something so simple about this once you have delved into getting that sw...
Well from my previous post you know that the beans for this recipe went to a Bean and Sausage soup and the sauce turned into a fantastic b...
I got an email a few days ago from one of my followers, Paula, about a jar that I had seen her post a while back. I had all but forgotten i...
With all the great citrus coming this winter many of my followers are desperate to do something with their oranges. Many people are up to th...
Some of the recipes missing from my site are the basics; Strawberry Jam, Peach Jam, Apricot Jam and fruits on their own. I know that those r...
One of my good friend's Misty, who is a very smart "cookie", has come up with a brilliant way to make the Hawaiian Cowboy Cand...
It's good to add more canning recipes for pie filling to my site since "variety is the spice of life". Kelly posted a great pi...
Here is another great recipe to consider for the upcoming season. As a kid we had this in the cabinet in cans and usually it was really sw...
During the months of December to February I get a lot of questions about what to do with all the citrus that is coming from the trees. Manda...
Not a super fan of okra not because I have tasted it but because everyone says that it's slimy. So I am taking a leap of faith from this...