Learn how to can chicken
I found some chicken legs and thighs on sale and since my husband only likes the dark meat, it was perfect for canning. Of course, it all needed skinning and splitting, but I felt good that day and started the process of mangling the chicken. I bought three 10-pound bags and wondered if I was crazy after the first bag. My hands felt like they were being put through the ringer. Needless to say, they were sore and swollen after three bags, but I was determined to get it done. After some Tylenol and an arthritis pill later, I was good to go again. Be sure and have a good sharp knife. I did 2 cases and some odd jars with that amount of chicken. Mostly quart jars since the thighs and legs were large.
I did find some chicken breast on sale and did 4 jars of that for curry chicken. I may do more if they go on sale again. I use my chicken for a lot of dishes. They are quick and easy to add to recipes. Chicken soup taste so good with canned chicken.
Casseroles, tacos, chicken salad, Waldorf salad and stir-fry are some of the things I do. Of course, with chicken, you can do any menu and it comes out great. I don’t de-bone the chicken before canning because the bones fall off the meat once you open the jar and use for whatever recipe you want.
In the past, I have seasoned chicken during the canning process, but have found this not to be a good idea. The seasonings never seem to match up with what I want to cook.
- I wash my jars and get my lids and rings together.
- I separated and skinned the chicken
- Packed the chicken into the jars
- Pack the chicken down and take air pockets out
- Wipe the rims of jars with clean cloth
- Warm up lids in a pan of hot water.
- Seal the jars with lids and rings
- Be sure you tighten rings so they are finger tight.
Pack your jars in to the pressure cooker and start cooking according to your pressure cooker directions. My pressure cooker was set for 10 pounds for 90 minutes for quarts and 75 minutes for pints. Sometimes I mix both quarts and pints in the same batch, I then use the longest time and it seems to work fine.
As I get older, I am always looking for short cuts. Canning takes a lot of work, but the rewards are great. The jars are very convenient, especially when you’re tired and want something quick to fix. Good Luck