before the prices go completely through the roof.
I couldn't find any chicken in the sale ads that came out over the weekend. But hamburger was on sale. If you call the already outrageous prices a sale. But still, I'm saving around $1.25 per 3# chub of meat, so I guess that's better than full price.
Son went to the store and brought me back 18 pounds of hamburger, along with some taco seasoning. I'm doing an experiment. I like to have a variety of home canned food on my shelves, so I browned up 9 lbs. of burger, drained it and seasoned it with the taco seasoning. It will stay in the fridge overnight and in the morning I'll can it in pint jars.
Then I took another 3# of meat, browned it, drained it and added the ingredients for Sloppy Joes. We will give both a taste test in the next week or so and decide than if I want to do more.
Wednesday this week is grocery delivery day. I have another 18 pounds of hamburger ordered, giving me a total of 24 more pounds of hamburger to can just plain.
I hate paying the high prices for meat at the store, but I know that prices are not coming down any time soon. Even if I have to pay full price for chicken breast to can next week, should there be none on sale, I think it will still be worth it. Minnesota, as well as some of the surrounding states, is dealing with the bird flu outbreak. Our governor has called out a National Guard unit to help in hauling truckloads of water to the poultry farms where the birds were killed, to mix with the chemicals used to get rid of the disease. I fully expect that the lower prices we have enjoyed for chicken and turkey will soon be a thing of the past. Anything that I can have on my shelves at today's prices is a good thing.