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How to Can Homemade Beef Stew

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My family really likes beef stew. Beef stew is one of those recipes that you're not quite sure if your family is going to like the canned version vs. the store bought version. I was a little skeptical first, but was hoping my family would at least try it. They were good sports, and it turned out they loved it! This beef stew recipe is definitely now on my list of go-to canning recipes.

If you are new to pressure canning, beef stew is one of the easiest things for you to learn how to can.

A lot of recipes require a lot of preparation and cooking prior to canning, but for this recipe you put all of the ingredients in the jar raw (even the meat!), and then all of the ingredients are cooked in the jars during the pressure canning process.

If you have never eaten meat cooked in a pressure canner before, it is amazing! It's very tender and FULL of flavor. You won't want to eat beef stew any other way again.

If you follow this following recipe step by step, your beef stew will turn out perfect every time. If you just got your pressure canner or are thinking about buying one and still not sure how to use it, let me walk you through the entire process step by step.

In a hurry to get started but not sure what to do? Click here to watch my 13 minute pressure canning video that shows you step by step how to can beef stew. Download the recipe and canning supplies list too!

Canning Beef Stew


  • Roast or stew meat
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Beef bouillon

You don't have to use exact measurements for this recipe. One 3-lb. chuck roast will be enough meat for about 6 quarts of beef stew. For 6 quarts you will also need approximately 2 large onions, 6 stalks of celery, approximately 1 carrot per jar, and 1-2 potatoes per jar.

canning homemade beef stew

Sterilize your canning jars and start heating up the water in your pressure canner. Don't have a pressure canner yet? I recommend this pressure canner.

Prepare the beef bouillon by adding about 4 tbsp. of bouillon powder to 12 cups water (you need about 2 c. per quart canning jar). Heat to boiling.

Chop carrots, celery, and onions. Peel and chop potatoes.

Place 1 tsp. salt into each sterilized canning jar. Layer beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery in canning jars. Add heated bouillon, leaving 1 inch head space.

Wipe rims of jars with damp paper towel. Place rings and lids on canning jars.

Some people ask how long it takes to pressure can meat. Because meat is a low acid food, it takes close to the longest for it to process compared to other foods, so you can count on it taking up to 1 1/2 hours to process in the pressure canner. Note: You cannot can beef stew without a pressure canner. Because meat is a low acid food it MUST be pressure canned.

Process the prepared jars in pressure canner at 10 pounds pressure for 70 minutes for pints or 90 minutes for quarts.

After the pressure has been completely released from the canner, remove the lid from the canner. Remove jars from canner and place on a towel on the kitchen counter to cool. Make sure lids are sealed before storing in the pantry. Sealed jars can be safely stored 1-2 years.

To serve, you can eat as-is or to thicken the stew, remove some of the liquid from the stew, add a couple tablespoons of cornstarch, stir, then add back to stew to thicken it (the cornstarch is added after canning because cornstarch is not safe to can).

Pressure canning is easy after you get the hang of it! Click here to view my pressure canning video showing you how to can beef stew. Download the recipe and canning supplies list too!

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