My youngest son delivered a quarter beef to me on Wednesday. For several years he has been getting beef from a farmer who lives just a couple of miles from his house. The farmer doesn't sell directly to the public, but to a select group of customers. David still had beef in his freezer so I was able to take that order.
There was a total of 165 lbs. of meat. I sorted the meat out, setting some of it out to thaw and stacked the rest in the freezer. David had done the math and with processing and packaging at a local butcher, it came out to less cost per pound than a pound of hamburger at our local big box grocery. And I really like the idea of supporting a local farmer.
So Thursday I spent the day canning meat. I ended up with 33 pints of hamburger, 3 pints of stew meat and 12 pints of beef roast.
The stew meat and roasts were packed into jars raw. The hamburger was browned and then packed into jars. I didn't use any liquid in any of them. They were all canned for 1 hour and 15 minutes at 10 lbs. pressure for my elevation.
So with the meat in the freezer and the meat in jars, I have enough to last my oldest son and I for a long time.
Now is not the time to ease up on prepping. No matter how the election turns out in the end, I think we are in for a rough time. As a dear friend often says, "Stack it to the rafters. We're gonna need every crumb."