Written by Casey Wilson on January 30, 2014.
Here recently I've been slightly obsessed with canning. It takes me back to my Grandma's house. We always had glass jars on hand which contained a variety of foods. My favorites were Green Beans and Sauerkraut.
She'd ask me to go into the cellar, and pick out some jars. I'd run down happily into "that" side of the basement. It was a small room built into the side of the basement. You'd walk in and to your right were these deep shelves.
Sometimes what she needed was right up front, while others called for me to crawl inside and fish around. I loved it.
She knew it too. I'd come back, sometimes dusty and she'd brush me off and ask if I wanted something to drink.
She had these small yellow cups that the kids used. When she passed away, I was asked if I could have one thing from her, what would it be? I asked for a yellow cup. The one she handed me, with a smile on her face with calm reassurance.
I digress. I've begun my canning career with "Boiling Water Baths". It's a technique used to can high acid foods like Jam, Jelly, Pickles, etc.
Now with that under my belt, I soon realized that I wanted to can MEAT. Oh yes, you heard me. I don't have a large freezer here, and unlikely to get one soon. We just don't have the space. However we do have some room for some jars...
With this new found desire I bought a pressure canner. It's a Presto 23qt (The one pictured), and it came from Walmart.com. I found the same one at Ace Hardware for $109, but on Walmart it could be purchased in a bundle for $80 and came with 12 Ball pint jars. Shame on you Ace ;)
Kendra bought some hamburger, and we canned it up. We had about one pound of cooked hamburger to pint jar. I used the wide mouths to make it easier to pack and use.
A week later we popped open our first jar of canned meat to make some tacos. It was amazing! The texture, taste, etc. Kendra said she preferred it to that of cooking it fresh.
I think the only thing I'd change next time I do hamburger would be to try to drain and possibly rinse the meat prior to packing.