Canning beef is easy
Well I hope everyone had a great weekend and you’re ready to start canning and drying your fresh finds from the weekend.
My finds where plums: I got a bucket full of plums to make jam and a ham. I am waiting for hamburger to come on sale, but I may have to go to Costco and buy some. They really don’t have large quantities of hamburger on sale at the regular grocery store.
My husband mentioned to some friends that I was canning meat. I guess not too many people can meat any more. Their question was what do you do with it after you can it?
Well I use the beef for making stews, casseroles, salads and you can even make kabobs, yes, I know it sounds funny but put your vegetables and meat cubes on the stick and put on BBQ. The vegetables cook fast and the meat is warming up (the meat also gets crispy). You can make beef gravy and mix with the meat and pour it over rice or quinoa. You can make stir-fry also. I am sure you can come up with a few other things, like pizza with meat and sausage and tacos.
Here is how I can the beef:
- First I washed all the jars and get the rings and lids together.
- Next, I warm the lids in a pan of hot water.
- I cut the meat in 2 x 2 inches or a little larger (it shrinks a lot)
- Pack your jars and use a rod to push down and get all the air holes out.
- Clean the tops of the jars with wet cloth to get a good seal.
- Put on the lids and rings
- Leave the rings a little lose but tight enough that they don’t leak.
- Pack your pressure cooker with jars and follow cooking directions for your type of cooker.
My pressure cooker takes 10 pounds of pressure; for quarts its 90 minutes. I did the same time for pints. My pressure cooker is a 30-quart All American model 930. For canning information I use the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, agriculture information bulletin No. 539.
I made stew for dinner this evening just to try it and it was wonderful. I put all the vegetables in a slow cooker and added beef broth with seasonings (salt, pepper and garlic) and added the jar of meat on top. I waited for the vegetables to almost cook and stirred the meat in, plus I added thickener with another can of broth. Add corn bread and wow.