Meat, Fish, Soup, Stews, and Savory Sauces

Beef Stew with Vegetables

Stock your pantry with jars of homemade ready-to-eat entrées that have seasonings adjusted to your family’s preferences.


  • 4-5 lb (1.8-2.3 kg) stew beef
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) vegetable oil
  • 12 cups (3000 ml) cubed, peeled potatoes
  • 8 cups (2000 ml) sliced carrots
  • 3 cups (750 ml) Each: chopped celery & onions
  • 4 tsp (20 ml) salt
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) thyme
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) pepper


  • Place required number clean 500 ml or 1 L mason jars on rack in pressure canner; add water and heat jars to a simmer (180°F/82°C). Set screw bands aside. Keep jars hot until ready to use.

  • Preheating Bernardin® lids is not advised. The sealing compound used for our home canning lids performs better at room temperature than it does pre-heated in simmering water (180°F). Simply wash lids in hot, soapy water, dry, and set aside until needed. Preheating can lead to less vacuum being achieved during water bath canning, and to buckle failures during pressure canning.

  • Cut meat into 1 1/2 inch (3 cm) cubes; brown in oil. Combine meat, vegetables and seasonings in a large stainless steel saucepan. Cover with boiling water; stirring frequently, bring mixture to a boil.

  • Ladle hot prepared stew into a hot jar to within 1 inch (2.5 cm) of top rim (head space).

  • Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim removing any stickiness. Centre sealing disc on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner. Repeat for remaining stew. If stacking jars, place a second rack between layers of jars.

  • When pressure canner is full, adjust water to level as directed by canner manufacturer. Lock canner lid in place and follow manufacturer’s heating instructions. Vent canner–allow steam to escape steadily–for 10 minutes; close vent.

  • When canner reaches the pressure appropriate for your altitude* and type of pressure canner, begin counting processing time. Process – heat filled jars – for time indicated: 500 ml jars 75 minutes; 1 L jars – 90 minutes.

  • NOTE: processing times indicated are for a weighted gauge pressure canner used at altitudes up to 1,000 ft (305 m). When using a dial gauge pressure canner or canning at higher elevations, adjust pressure according to chart.

  • When processing time is complete turn off heat. Allow canner to stand undisturbed until pressure drops to zero. Wait 2 minutes, and then remove cover, tilting it away from your face. Remove jars without tilting. Cool upright, undisturbed 24 hours; DO NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands. After cooling check jar seals. Sealed discs curve downward. Remove screw bands; wipe and dry bands and jars. Store screw bands separately or replace loosely on jars, as desired. Label and store in a cool, dark place.



May 18, 2016



great recipe but the prep time of 15 minutes is a joke