Meat, Fish, Soup, Stews, and Savory Sauces

Chicken Soup

Chicken bouillon cubes may be added to boost the flavour of this hearty home-made chicken soup.


  • 16 cups (4000 ml) chicken stock
  • 3 cups (750 ml) diced chicken, about one 3 lb /1.5 kg chicken
  • 1- 1/2 cups (375 ml) diced celery, about 2 stalks
  • 1- 1/2 cups (375 ml) sliced carrots
  • 1 cup (250 ml) diced onion, about 1 medium
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 chicken bouillon cubes, optional


  • Place 8 clean 500 ml or 4 clean 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.

  • Combine chicken stock, chicken, celery, carrots and onion in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add bouillon cubes, if desired. Cook until bouillon cubes are dissolved.

  • Ladle soup into a hot jar to within 1 inch (2.5 cm) of top rim (headspace). 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 soup.

  • When 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:

  • Jar Size Time

    • 500 ml 75 minutes

    • 1 L90 minutes

  • When processing time is complete turn off heat. Allow canner to stand undisturbed until pressure drops to zero. Wait 2 minutes, then remove cover, tilting it away from yourself. 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. For best quality, use home canned foods within one year.