Sunday, January 3, 2010


I'm not really one to make New Year's resolutions. Mine are usually the same-old, same-old, be healthier, less stress, etc. And usually after a week or two, dropped one by one until by the end of the year I can't even remember what it was I resolved to do.

This year I am going to set one goal for myself. (OK, well, except for that other big goal I hope we can accomplish this year). I want to find a way to wean us from canned soup. We eat canned soup regularly. It is a quick, easy, and so I thought until recently, healthy meal. The problem is that most canned soup (and usually the boxed kind too) have high levels of BPA due to the lining of the can/box that leaches into the food. Our favorite brand, Progresso, is one of the biggest perpetrators of this. We are not going cold turkey on canned soup, but I want to look into what we can do to make batches of soup on our own to store for later use. I might look into whether this can be done with canning as we have no room for a second freezer. And it might take a few tries until we can kind a few homemade soups that we like (I tried to make soup once and it was a bland failure). So that is my goal for this year. Maybe not simple, but not a pass/fail endeavor either.


  1. Good for you! I have a bunch of easy soup recipes... Most of them freeze well, but I don't know about canning. In the past, I have made a batch or two of soup on my days off, and a single batch easily lasts a week.

  2. Wow, I had no idea about Progresso and other canned soups having BPA in them... scary! I think that's a great goal. Hey - Pioneer Woman has four yummy soup recipes up on her cooking blog right now, check it out!:

  3. I do this sometimes, but I freeze the soup. As far as canning, I'm not sure how much experience you have, but you'll likely need a pressure canner to can soup. I've thought a lot about getting one, but haven't done it yet. I like the idea of just being able to open a jar of soup instead of having to remember to thaw frozen soup.

  4. Not soup too! I was so bummed when I heard about canned tomatoes being one of the big BPA leachers.

    If you come up with something good, please let me know!


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