Friday, January 7, 2011

Canning Meat

It may sound gross- but bottled meat is pretty good.  You can bottle any meat- chicken, beef, fish, turkey etc. The local grocery store Lin's had chicken on sale for $1.49/lb sold in a 40lb box this week, so I stocked up.  Since I don't want or have room for all of the chicken in my freezer bottling it is perfect.  They also had a good sale on roasts and pork chops so I bought some, cut them into chunks for stews etc. and bottled those as well.

It's super easy to bottle meats- but the most important thing is you HAVE to have a pressure canner/cooker.  Meats and Veggies have to be canned with a pressure canner/cooker.  I was able to get a 23 quart pressure canner/cooker on ebay for about $80 and it has been worth every penny!

For chicken or chunks of meat:
1. Pack chicken or meat into the bottles

2. Add ¼- ½ teaspoon of salt

3. Wipe the top of the bottle clean- where the seal will go

4. Boil the seals in water to soften them (good to do while filling the jars)

5. Place a seal on each jar

6. Screw the ring onto each jar 

7. Place into your pressure canner/cooker

8. Fill the pressure canner/cooker with about 3-4” of water

Follow processing lbs of pressure according to your altitude

Meat processing time is 75 minutes for pints, and 90 minutes for quarts.

The finished product may not LOOK appetizing, but how often does meat look appetizing anyway? (pictured below-top picture= pork on far left, beef in the two right jars.  bottom picture= chicken)

The chicken tends to have a slight tuna taste & smell to me.  I love using it in salads or for sandwiches.
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