As it turned out this week, the only food items I needed to order were eggs and milk. So I thought it might be a good opportunity to fill out my grocery order with things to can. My groceries were delivered this afternoon. In order to get a head start on the canning, I started with the easiest which is kielbasa. This is sort of an experiment for me as I have not canned kielbasa before.
I started out with 6 rings of kielbasa. I cut them into about 1 inch thick pieces. I didn't want the pieces any smaller than that because of the time they are in the pressure canner. I was afraid they would become a bit crunchy if the slices were too thin. I am not fond of most meats that are canned in liquid so I added none to the jars. I just packed pint jars with the kielbasa chunks and pressure canned them for 75 minutes at 10 lbs. pressure for my area. I got 7 pints from the 6 kielbasa rings.
I am pleased with the results. The kielbasa did not shrink hardly at all in the canning process, and the taste and texture are really good. I will can more of this.
Tomorrow I am canning ham, bean and vegetable soup and will post the recipe when the soup comes out of the canner.
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