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June 2010

Canning Homemade Chili

Canning homemade chili Enjoy the convenience of heat and serve chili right from your own kitchen.  Made with locally raised grassfed beef and organic vegetables it makes a quick, nutritious addition to your meal.  Combine it with an organic whole wheat bun, a high quality wienner and slaw made from organic cabbage and you have created a  hot dog that can be part of a healthy meal.  Now with a little imagination chili can compliment rice, vegetable soup, tacos and taco salad.

With produce from your own garden or from a local farmer's market, summer is a great time to make your own delicious and nutritious chili.  

Here's a recipe along with the detailed instructions for canning Chili, No Beans, adapted from the Ball Blue Book.


□   5 lbs ground beef
□   2 cups chopped onions
□   1 clove minced garlic
□   6 cups canned tomatoes and juice
□   1/2 cup chili powder
□   1 1/2 tablespoons salt
□   1 hot red pepper, finely chopped
□   1 teaspoon ground cumin seed


This recipe for Chili Con Carne is good to try if you like beans in your chili.

Chili Con Carne

  • 3 cups dried pinto or red kidney beans
  • 5-1/2 cups water
  • 5 tsp salt (separated)
  • 3 lbs ground beef
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped peppers of your choice (optional)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3 to 6 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 qts crushed or whole tomatoes

Yield: 9 pints


Food for Thought: From George Washington's Farewell Address

Rainbow over Uwharrie Mountain

On Political Prosperity

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness – these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, "where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice?" And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

On National Debt

As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible, avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it; avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertions in times of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear.

From George Washington's Farewell Address - 1796