I've been canning stuff...

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Post by Paper » Sat. Oct. 29, 2022 9:18 am

I haven't canned anything in a couple years, but this month I got back into it, doing 20 pounds of potatoes, and some beef and chicken.
I needed some potatoes for a crock pot dinner and bought a 10 pound bag at Aldi. Since I knew I'd never eat more than 3-4 more taters before they went bad, I decided to preserve the rest in both pint and quart jars.

I'm using my Great Grandmother's Presto canner, that's been tested for pressure and gauge accuracy.

Anyway, the potatoes turned out so well I bought and canned another 10 pounds. I had some low grade beef steaks in the freezer so I thawed all of them out and canned them, and while in the mood I canned 8 pints of chicken. Currently I'm searching for more chicken on sale to do another batch of pints.
I figure I'd make room in my freezer for venison (hopefully) and I like using the beef and chicken for quick and easy soup.

Anyone here been doing any canning?

 
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Post by Sunny Boy » Sat. Oct. 29, 2022 9:42 am

Yes. But mostly berries and peach jams. With today's food prices I thought about getting into canning more, but the price and supply of canning jars got crazy.

There's a lot of discussion about canning, along with some pictures in the "Cookin' With Coal" thread in the hand fired stoves section.

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Post by lincolnmania » Sat. Oct. 29, 2022 10:07 am

yes. we canned hundreds of jars this year, did a lot of pickling...went thru about 5 gallons of vinegar lol.
going to pressure can some potatoes this weekend and make beef stew and can it. we got potatoes for 25 cents a pound and i have onions from the garden. need to find some roasts on sale this weekend.
last week i dehydrated 20 pounds of potatoes and oven sealed them in quart jars.


 
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Post by Paper » Sat. Oct. 29, 2022 10:16 am

VERY NICE!!!!
What do you put on the potatoes to keep them from turning black before dehydrating them?

 
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Post by warminmn » Sat. Oct. 29, 2022 1:24 pm

My Dad still has potatoes canned in 2010 that taste just fine. They must keep very well and were awful easy to can.

 
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Post by lincolnmania » Sat. Oct. 29, 2022 2:43 pm

Paper wrote:
Sat. Oct. 29, 2022 10:16 am
VERY NICE!!!!
What do you put on the potatoes to keep them from turning black before dehydrating them?
blanch and dry before putting in the food dehydrator.


 
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Post by Paper » Sat. Oct. 29, 2022 6:49 pm

I picked up a Nestco dehydrator today at the local Goodwill for $10. Looks unused.

 
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Post by Paper » Fri. Nov. 18, 2022 12:36 pm

Well, after dehydrating a bunch of pineapple for snacks while deer hunting, and canning a bunch of veggies, chicken and beef, I've decided that I've canned enough for the year (mostly because I'm out of jars :lol: )
That is unless I get a couple of fat whitetails. Then I might need to do a canner full of venison. :yes:

 
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Post by Sunny Boy » Fri. Nov. 18, 2022 3:51 pm

Good luck out there in the woods. I hope you have more canning to do !!!! :D

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