Over the weekend I turned 25 lbs. of bacon into 38 half pints to add to the shelves. A general rule of thumb is that 1 lb. of meat equals one pint canned. Considering the amount of bacon I set aside for eating and to add to baked beans, along with the amount I consumed for 'quality control,' (Come on. It is bacon. The temptation was just too great.) the amount canned was just about right.
Last evening I set 4 quarts of white beans to soaking and they are now in my big electric roaster, cooking. Later this afternoon I will jar them up, add a little cooked bacon to each jar and process them. The recipe can be found HERE.
This recipe is kind of fussy and time consuming, what with the pre-cooking, but I have tried several recipes and methods over the years and found this one to be really good. It is worth the time and trouble.
I have a long list of food I need to can up before prices become too outrageous. I hope my kids won't be too unhappy with me if I wind up needing them to lug more jars up the stairs. :)
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