Spicy Chicken Gumbo (home-canned)

Today was a productive day! It started with lots of prep work from the previous few days (washing and chopping).

2 bundles celery, chopped (check).

1/2 gallon onions, chopped (check). 1/2 gallon bell peppers, chopped (check).

My Instant Pot got a real workout.

I pressured four whole chickens in two different batches. All chickens were then deboned.

Then I cooked 2 cups of brown rice and 2 cups of black rice in the Instant Pot. I added 12 cups of homemade chicken broth and high-pressured it for 15 minutes, then natural pressure release for 10 minutes. It was delicious!

Early this morning, it was time to head to the Canning Factory.

These are the canned goods and spices that I used, plus the chicken, fresh chopped produce, and rice.

This photo shows all of the ingredients dumped into a huge kettle to cook. I use a humongous stirring stick, similar to an oar that you would paddle a boat with!

The last ingredient to add is the okra.

It is finally time to fill the jars!

I used Momma’s ice cream scoop to put the perfect amount of rice in each jar. There sure are a lot of good memories when using her ice cream scoop 😊

So there you have it–I hope you enjoyed reading about my trip to the Canning Factory and seeing photos. This is one of my favorite places on earth!

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