When it's cold I like a hearty stew; and if you're going to make stew, you might as well make a few gallons of it -- you eat as much as you like over a day or two, and then you can freeze individual servings, or, as I do, pressure can them. I like to pressure can because it's shelf-stable -- doesn't take up valuable freezer space, and it's really not that hard to do. You'll find canning instructions at the bottom of this post. Canning really isn't very hard.
30-40 medium red potatoes (3-4lbs)
25-30 large carrots (3lbs)
1 leg of lamb, boned
2 or 3 large onions
1 bunch of celery
1.5 gallons lamb stock or chicken stock
3 cups of red wine
6 cups frozen peas
1/2 cup Roux
Add the liquids and bring the whole pot to a boil, reducing to a bare simmer until the vegetables are soft. At the end of this, add the roux until you get the desired consistency. I like a thicker gravy in my stew. Salt to taste.
Add the frozen peas just prior to serving. You want them plump and green when you eat the stew.
Serve with warm buttered sourdough for dipping.
This recipe makes about 3 gallons.
Part 2, pressure canning the stew:
I like quart bottles because that's about what I can eat in a day. It's a hearty lunch, or with a salad or hunk of bread, a good dinner.
8 quart bottles, lids and rings.
Boil bottles, lids and rings.
Bring stew to a boil.
Carefully ladle in stew until you're within 1" of the top of the jar.
Wipe the lip of the jars with a clean paper towel to ensure a good seal.
Put the lid on and hand-tighten the lid.
Process in a Pressure canner for 90 minutes at 15lbs pressure, or according to manufacturers instructions. I use that particular type of pressure canner, but any commercial pressure canner will work for this.
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