My local Ranch Market has had some fabulous deals on produce lately. I'm curently doing my applesauce from two 40 lb boxes of apples that only cost me $16. That's $.20 per pound. Awesome! This time I'm sharing a vegetable barley stew that uses some potatoes that I got for 10 lbs for $1. I don't know. I think $.10 a pound for potatoes beats the apples. Either way, my pantry is stocked and I'm happy. I like this recipe because it's so versatile. I can use the stew mix to make... well, stew, and chicken noodle soup, pot pie, really the options are endless. Plus you add some barley to increase the nutritional value. If you have a food processor, this will be quick and easy. If not, get ready to do some cutting with your paring knife.
Vegetable Barley Stew in a Jar
Gather your spices. You will need the following:
Boullion (chicken, beef, or vegetable)
You will also need some pearl barley.
Prepare your jars.
In each jar layer the following:
1/2 tsp salt
1 heaping tsp boullion
1 Tbsp pearl barley
1 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp garlic salt
Wash and cut your veggies.
I cut mine like this so it was easy to put into the food processor.
I'm using my Bosch Slicer/Shredder.
There are 2 blades I'm using, one is the large slicer for the
onions, carrots, and celery.
And the fry cutter for the potatoes. I could have done discs
with the potatoes, but I thought the fry shape was more fun.
Layer a handful of onions, celery, and carrots in each jar.
Top it all off with potatoes.
5 lbs of potatoes will fill 7 jars.
Fill each jar with water.
Heat the lids in simmering water.
Fix lids and rings on each jar and place in a Pressure Canner.
You can't do vegetables in a steam canner.
The one I use is on my sidebar from Amazon.
Pressure for 25 minutes at 12 lbs pressure.
Let pressure drop naturally.
Let jars cool on wire rack for 24 hours.
Lable with date and add to your pantry.
Filled jars on your pantry shelf.
It's a beautiful thing!