Thursday, November 6, 2008

Learning the canning process

After being inspired to be self sufficient, we had mentioned (to a few ladies at church) our desire to start canning! Well, one mother volunteered to host a "canning demonstration" so we could all learn and see it ourselves :) They had just finished processing 4 deer, so there was plenty of extra venison to use for canning! We spent the whole day there, and about 5 home-schooling families came; we had a wonderful time!

Slicing the venison into stew sized pieces

Here's the meat before putting them into the jars

Sterilizing the lids & quart-sized jars

Before pressure canning

A few hours later, the jars are done!


It was intresting to note that canning meat does not require any liquid-It produces its own. When the jars were taken out, the liquid inside was actually boiling rapidly when I took this picture! The Mom's who had eaten canned meat before, said that because its cooked from the outside, its super tender when done! You can add it to any meal and it has an excellent shelf life!

"She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens." Proverbs 31:15


Mrs. Bridget G. said...

Well i have not had any canned anything! So i'll have to take your word on the taste! lol

Jacob12(Renee) said...

Hmmm this sounds interesting.Ill have to show Jacob this M :)

McKenzie Elizabeth said...

That is neat that you got to do that. We have canned lots of fruit, but never meat.

McKenzie said...

You did a great job on this post! It looks so professional!
We had a great time Thurs. with everyone, glad you and your family could come.
Thanks for keeping the memories for us.

The Road Less Traveled said...

Shalom Mia!
Wow, we've canned fruit and we know about veggies, but haven't heard of canning blessed you are to have learned...
May YHWH richly bless you and yours,
Penny in TN

Clara Van Nattan said...

I have never heard of canning meat before, but my American husband says his family has done it before. Canning is kind-of rare here in Australia, people tend to buy everything or just eat everything fresh... Most people wouldn't have a clue! I enjoy getting back to the basics and doing gardening and canning etc :) Thank you for the interesting photo-blog!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing!
What is the shelf life for this?