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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Canning Asparagus Soup - Another great base soup for your pantry!

Here's the asparagus soup. I think it turned out great, although I haven't made the "creamy" version yet. It is super easy to follow these directions, you will use up a lot of asparagus,  and it's an amazing soup to have on hand after the asparagus has gone for the season. 

Asparagus Soup


3 lbs fresh asparagus
8 cups chicken broth/stock
1 cup minced shallots
1 T. minced garlic
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. ground white pepper



Preparation : Prepare 4 pints, lids, and rings. Sterilize the jars and keep them in the hot water till its time for processing. Make sure to fill your pressure canner with the recommended amount of water and bring it to a simmer. Cut or snap the woody stems from each of the spears. Discard in compost or save for stock. Cut the remainder of the
stocks into 1/2 inch pieces. Mince the shallots and garlic.  

Cooking: Using a small fry pan use a tiny amount of olive oil and quickly saute the shallots and garlic till translucent. Do not brown. In a large stainless steel heat beef broth/stock over medium heat. Remove from heat.


Filling the jars:
  On a dishtowel place your hot jars and using your funnel in each jar fill the jars with asparagus 3/4 full. Add about 1/4 cup of shallots/garlic and equal portion of salt and pepper into each of the jars. Once all the jars are filled add hot stock leaving 1” headspace.   Remove air bubbles and refill to the proper headspace if necessary. Taking a clean papertowel wet it with vinegar and wipe the rims of the jars removing any food particles that would interfere with a good seal. Using your magic wand extract the lids from the hot water and place them on the now cleaned rims. Add your rings to the tops of each of the jars and turn to seal just "finger tight". 

Processing: Make sure your rack is on the bottom of the canner and place the jars in the pressure canner.  Lock the lid and turn up the heat bring the canner to a boil. Vent steam for 10 minutes, then close the vent by adding the weighted gauge or pressure regulator (for dial gauge canner).  Process pints for 75 minutes at 10 lbs of pressure (11 lbs for dial gauge canner) and quarts at 90 minutes. (Adjust pressure for altitude)  When complete turn off the heat and let pressure return to zero naturally. Wait two minutes longer and open vent. Remove canner lid. Wait 10 minutes then remove jars and place on dishtowel in a place that they will sit overnight to cool. Do not touch or move them till the next morning.


Sealing:
 Some time in the next hour your jars will be making a "pinging" or "popping" noise. That is the glass cooling and the reaction of the lids being sucked into the jar for proper sealing. Some recipes may take overnight to seal. Check your lids and reprocess any jars that did not seal. Remove rings for storage. 

For making the soup creamy when serving: for pint size. Double for quarts.
For each pint you will need a 1/4 cup heavy cream and 2 T. Parmesan cheese:

In a sauce pan add the contents of a pint jar reserving a few pieces for the top of the soup.  Stir over medium heat till the soup is heated. With a hand immersion blender, blender or food processor puree until smooth. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Return to pot with medium heat and add the cream. Continue to cook for 3 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and add back the reserved pieces. Serve hot in soup crocks or bowls. 
Picture of Creamy asparagus soup care of Rosie


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