For my second Grab 'N' Go canned soup, I made white bean chicken chili... yummy to grab a jar to take to work on a cold winter day... add a few crackers and you've got lunch!
Here's what I did...
The night before I rinsed and put my white beans on to soak... I used Navy beans. I covered a one pound bag of beans in a large saucepan with 8 cups of water and covered the pot.
Next morning I drained off the water, then added more... covering the beans to about 1-2 inches.
I cooked my chicken the night before as well... stewing it with a little poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. I removed it from the bones, and chopped it up. (I used about a pound, more or less, of chopped chicken)
To make the chili... I added to the beans, salt to taste (1-2 teaspoons)
A couple teaspoons of ground cumin
A teaspoon of garlic powder
One chopped onion
One can of chopped green chile peppers
I added the chopped chicken and brought the mixture to a boil... then let it simmer for about 30-45 minutes, just to make sure the beans were as plumped up as possible... I didn't want them swelling any more in the jars. If I was planning to just eat the soup, I would let it simmer for a couple of hours. It will be thinnish... but will thicken up during the canning process.
I ladled the hot chili into hot, sterilized wide mouth pint canning jars, I tightened the hot lids on to fingertip tightness... then placed the jars into my pressure canner for processing...
Following the directions that came with my pressure canner (use the directions with your brand of canner)... I processed the jars of soup at 10 pounds of pressure for 75 minutes (90 minutes for quarts).
After processing, I let the pressure drop to ZERO (on it's own, don't do anything to hurry it or you might get exploded jars!)... then removed the lid and, using my jar lifter, I removed the jars and placed them on a folded dish towel on the counter to cool and to listen for the PING of each successfully sealed jar... I LOVE that sound!
White Bean Chicken Chili to "grab 'n' go" whenever I need it!
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