Sunday, March 5, 2017

Canning Meats

I'm slowly refilling our freezer with meats, and I have two more Zaycon orders coming over this month and next.  I decided that rather than use the space for beef cubes, I would can them.  My intention is to use them in either stew, soup, or gravy and I think canned will make quick work of those types of meals.  While I had everything out anyway, I decided to can the turkey breast fillets I found on discount, too.  I'm thinking either casseroles or gravy for them, too.

 So the discount meat yielded 9 jars of meats.  I had a few jars that seem a little less full than others depending on the shrinkage of the meat, but everyone of them has enough for a dish.  I have 7 beef and 2 turkey.



(sorry for the dark photo)
     

9 comments:

  1. I think canning beef is the way to go. It really brings out the flavor and for cheaper cuts of beef it tenderizes it. We love it and it certainly makes a quick meal.

    Hugs
    Jane

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    1. My husband's mom always canned venison. His dad was an avid hunter, and they didn't have freezer space for it all. It's kind of funny the things a person retains from childhood, but that is one memory my husband talks about a lot.

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  2. I've never canned meats. I do own a new in box but yet to be used, pressure canner. I need to embrace it and use it next season.

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    1. I was pretty fortunate to grow up around canning. The biggest bit of advice, which I know you know, but still -- practice good sanitation and diligence in safety. The best books for learning are the Ball Blue Book and similar books. If you have a local agricultural extension service, they sometimes offer free classes, up to date literature, etc.

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  3. I am impressed that you can meats. I have a pressure canner, but have never felt comfortable enough with my skill level to do meats.

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    1. Ha -- I may not have enough fear and trepidation lol. I just read how to do it and said okay, I can do this.

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  4. I've never canned meat, although I too grew up around a lot of canning -- both in my own home and pretty much the home of most of the people I knew as kid. My mom did have a pretty awful experience canning chicken, though, which has kind of stained my ambition to some extent. I think there were a lot of factors to why that happened, but as a small kid, you pretty much just remember the shelves of putrid chicken AND your mother's horror. Looking back, I can only imagine how heartsick she was when that happened. I do like to can jams, jellies, pickles and really anything in a water bath. I don't actually have a pressure canner.

    Anyway, sorry to wander down memory lane! Your food looks wonderful. Home canned beef is yummy!

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    1. I can imagine! Bless her heart....I had a jar of squash not seal properly. I didn't catch it, and then yuck......took me forever to find the source of the smell...lol

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  5. I love canning meats! If you like the Buffalo chicken dip, that is something we make - I can cubed turkey in half pint jars so I can make a smaller batch (because otherwise, I eat too much of it!).

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