Thursday, April 13, 2017

Canning Kielbasa

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.

6 comments:

  1. lol - Thanks to you, I'm hungry now!

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    1. Gorges...Maybe you had better skip the next few posts - they are all food related. (big grin)

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  2. I barely like kielbasa, but it sure sounds good about now. Maybe I should eat dinner since it is 9:30. It's good when a new thing turns out well.

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    1. Linda...Most any food sounds good when we are hungry. :)
      Some experiments turn out well - others, not so much. Glad this one worked. I wanted to add some variety to the meats I have already canned.

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  3. Smile smile smile. Glad this experiment worked out.
    And, btw, how awesome that you only needed milk and eggs!! Says so much about your hard work in building up your pantry. SJ

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    1. SJ...I'm glad the kielbasa worked out, too. That's another variety of meat to be added to the stash.
      I wonder if most folks don't realize that if you do the work and keep at it, after a while there is a payoff. I don't need much in the way of groceries these days except the dairy, fresh fruit and vegetables. The rest is mostly to add to the pantry.
      I know you get it. :)

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