posted on Oct, 7 2018 @ 01:45 PM
A few of you know, I am an avid canner. I will can anything. Yep, even bacon. I try to do a big garden every year. Sometimes it works out, other
times the weeds win.
First off, I went to the freezer, to can up any beef that was coming due. And got a rude awakening. The last butcher we used for our cow, was not
our usual one. This one used what was basically saran wrap. So angry, and lost a lot of burger. Which sucks, because I had only put up 20 pints of
Taco meat out of it.
Taco meat is great to put up, as it eliminates all your cook time when wanting Tacos or Nachos. Just warm it up and eat! So easy.
I also like to do Beef stew, just beef cubed, ham, and BBQ Pork.
Honestly, I would much rather spend one or two days canning it up, to have a couple months worth of food ready with little to no cooking.
I didn't have a whole lot of luck this year, with corn, as we had no rain. I had hardly any ears on our stalks.
I did get to put up salsa, and even made one jar labeled Dangerous! Ghost peppers and some Caribbean pepper that is suppose to be 400,000 on the hot
scale. (Hubby is insane and likes this stuff) I make up a big batch of salsa, put it in jars, then add different peppers to each jar.
(Thankfully, I learned that using a sharpie on the lids will survive in the pressure cooker. AWESOME)
As I sit here, I have 4 jars of Sauerkraut in the pressure cooker. I fermented it, then jarred it up.
Now, you don't really need to use a pressure cooker for it, you can water bath, but I am just used to it now, and use it for everything.
It is really great if you want to can Chicken. I throw 2 or three whole chickens in there, (with water) and let them rattle for an hour, hour and a
half. All the meat is off the bone! Then I just can it up, with the water/broth that was in there and pressure cook the jars. This makes great
chicken noodle soup or pot pies!
So, did you garden and or can this year? Any tips or tricks? Good recipes?