I had about 45 lbs. of beef that was cut into one inch cubes, packed raw into pint jars and processed in my pressure canner for 75 minutes. I got 37 pints of beef cubes.
There was a certain amount of waste in trimming fat and gristle from the beef. I suppose I could have been more precise in trimming, but I wasn't, with the result was that there is a considerable amount of red meat in with the scrap fat. Not wanting to waste anything, I bagged up the scraps and froze them. I'm thinking maybe I can boil them up later with some onion and carrots, skim the fat, strain out everything else and wind up with some decent beef broth. Worth a try.
I had two packages of brats that together held a total of 36 brats. Common sense flew out the window and rather than test just one jar, I ran 7 jars through, each containing 3 brats, only to find when I did a taste test that I didn't care for the results. The brats held together during canning but the texture changed, becoming more like the meat had been very finely ground. Somebody else might not mind this change, but I didn't like it. That being said, I'm sure I can find a use for the canned brats, perhaps cutting them into small pieces for use in casseroles. I froze the remaining brats.
And then I ran out of jars.
I messaged my kids on Friday saying, "I am in desperate need of canning jars. I am begging here. Any takers?"
Almost immediately daughter Jeri messaged me back saying she could do the deed but not until Monday. She asked if that would work. I said I would make it work
I browned the burger over the weekend and canned some Monday evening and the rest this morning. 40 lbs. of hamburger got me 54 pints.
The plan was to use part of the hamburger to make and can chili, but plans often change. It is hot and humid outside. Not a good time to be cooking pots of chili, so that will wait for cooler days. The chickens will also stay in the freezer for a while.
All in all, I am pleased with the amounts of canned meat that are headed for the shelves - and for Duane's apartment, because I am pretty much out of storage space. Having a kid living next door comes in handy now and then. Lucky for me, he is always willing to help when needed, as are the rest of my kids. I would have a tough time doing what I do without their help.
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