Pressure Canning Redux

It’s only been a few days since I showed the world my school bag but in that short time it’s gotten quite a workout. If only it could learn by osmosis, it would have found out all sorts of fascinating things just from toting around all those books. But probably, if my bag were anything like me, chances are good it just spent all day on the laptop reading blogs or checking email, oh, once every 3 or 4 seconds, just to be sure it didn’t miss any craft breakthroughs or urgent emails about who-knows-what.

So I’m sure you’re all dying to know how the pressure canned goods turned out. Very likely you’ve checked back day after day, disappointed to see no new update. I’m sure you cried a little, and maybe wrote about your disappointment in your diary, but shed not a single tear more. This is what you seek:

Canned Lentil Soup

What? You shield your eyes?

Yes, well, I know it’s not the most appealing looking thing. In fact, I’m a little embarrassed to post such things on a blog that I actually want people to continue reading… But despite its unattractive appearance, it tastes pretty good for something that was boiled for over and hour and a half at 248 degrees. The most amazing part was the transformation in both color and consistency. Want to see the before and after? I know you do:

Lentil soup
The jar on the left is what the soup looked like before the canning. I assume the carrots had everything to do with the color change. The consistency is waaay different, too. There was a very formal side-by-side taste test conducted, and 100% of participants agreed that the consistency of the canned soup was better than fresh. In fact, both of us 100% of participants thought it’d be fun to can lots more soup!

The only criticism is that the final product was a little flat, taste-wise, but mostly I think that’s because I didn’t throw too much seasoning in there. I think next time I’d exaggerate the seasoning, knowing that some of the flavor will change during processing. Otherwise, this is a keeper!

Posted by robyn on January 30th, 2008 under crafts

One Response to “Pressure Canning Redux”

  1. melinda Says:

    Mmmmmmmm. Lentilly.

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