Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup to Can
My family loves this soup and I use it in all my cooking recipes that calls for a can of Cream of Chicken Soup.
What is so good there is NOTHING in this soup I can't pronounce!!
- 1 large
- whole chicken (less if you are just doing one batch of soup)
- 2 qt
- chicken stock,homemade low/no salt (can use store bought)
- 3/4 c
- clear-jel "cook kind"
- 1/2 tsp
- canning salt per pint jar, i do not use salt, if using put it in the jar
- 14 qt
- filtered water plus extra water when stock cooks down
- 4 stalk(s)
- celery cut into 4 inch pieces
- 1 or 2 large
- onions quartered
- 4 or 5 large
- carrots cut into 4 inch pieces
- 1 large
- chicken washed and cleaned out giblet packet if it contains one.
- 6 -8 clove
- garlic pealed mashed with flat knife
- 8 -10
- peppercorns, whole black (leave whole and strain)
- bay leaves, dried
- 4 sprig(s)
- thyme, dried
- or any of your favorite chicken spices
RECIPE FOR 1 BATCH OF SOUP
INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE CHICKEN STOCK
Wash and check your chicken to make sure there is no giblet package inside chicken.Spray a large cookie sheet with Pam or another cooking spray. Cut chicken in half and lay it on the cookie sheet.
Be sure to keep adding filtered water as the stock cooks down so it does not scorch.
Cook the rest of the stock for 12 to 24 hours for dark rich stock on medium in roaster or as long as you want on stove in stock pot. After stock has cooked as long as you want remove and cool slightly and strain through a fine strainer with cheese cloth to make sure you get all the fine bones that might be left behind. Then put stock back into stock pot or large container, cool in sink in ice bath and put into refrigerator to cool to the next day. Next day remove stock from fridge and skim off all the fat you can.
Remove chicken from refrigerator and cut into small cubes like you would find in commercial soup.I didn't chop my chicken and you can see in my jars the chicken is kinda stringy like pulled chicken.
Measure chicken stock in large stock pot. Heat to a boil reduce to a med heat. Be sure to save enough cold stock to mix with Clear-Jel about a cup and a half of cold stock for 3/4 cups of Clear-jel. Mix the cold stock and clear-jel to make a slurry add slurry to stock in pot, stir about a minute, add cubed chicken, stir. Being careful that soup does not scorch you can turn to low.
Ladle hot soup into hot sterilized jars, remove bubbles, wipe jar rims with damp rag or paper towel dampened with white vinegar. Place hot lids on and tighten rings finger tip tight. Place hot jars of soup into hot PRESSURE CANNER with the proper amount of hot water and a splash or two of vinegar. Put lid on canner and vent canner for a full 10 minutes after it has a steady stream of steam coming out the steam hole. Then put on the weight and process for 75 minutes at 10 pounds of pressure of adjust for your altitude.
When processing time is over (DO NOT UNDER PROCESS) and canner gauge has dropped to zero can take 30 minutes or more for this to happen, you may safely remove the weight/giggler With a long tongs so you don't get steam burned, the giggler will still be very hot, let canner set for 10 more minutes before removing lid. Remove lid directing it away from you and then let canner set 10 more minutes before removing jars.Hopefully using this process you will not loose liquids from inside your jars.