Canning: Chicken

What do you do when you find an awesome deal on chicken in Alaska?

You can it.

Given, $2.99/lb might not be a great deal for skinless, boneless chicken breast in the lower 48, it’s about 40% off of the regular price. When deals like this come up, we clear out the section, pull out the pressure canner, and get cannin’! We bought about 70 lbs of chicken…that’s going to be a lot of jars…

It’s a labor intensive process (sort of), especially since we only have one canner. It seems to take an enormous amount of time, but that’s really because it takes about 2 hours per batch to can them. It has to get up to pressure, then cook at 10 lbs of pressure for 75 minutes (for pint jars), then cool and come to 0 lbs of pressure (about 15 minutes), and then we can finally take the jars out. I use The National Center for Home Food Preservation website for my basic canning needs. Here is the link for Canning Chicken.

Hot water bath canner heating up the jars

We’re almost out of last years deer so we took advantage of the deal on chicken and have spent almost two days canning it all up. Yeah, it’s not the prettiest thing sitting in our pantry, nothing like my jams or jellies, but it sure does come in handy.

The best part about canned chicken?

I can pop open a jar and toss it into any meal and I have dinner within minutes. Chicken Enchiladas, Chicken tacos, Chicken pot pie, chicken casserole, etc. all within a few minutes time. This is great for those lazy days where no one feels like cooking dinner. It beats going out and spending $40+ on a dinner out. We can toss it on pizza, or cook it into eggs, the options are endless!

Don’t knock it till you try it! So happy I can put food up for my family!

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