Canning Chicken

Canning Chicken

Do Not Be Afraid of Canning Chicken!  If you are like me, when a great deal comes along, well you can’t pass it up.  I purchased a 60 pound box of chicken for 89 cents a pound.  What does a person do with 60 pounds of chicken.  Drag out the pressure canner and can chicken of course.

This simplifies my life.  When I need to make a meal to deliver to someone in need.  Chicken and noodles is my go to meal.  Since the chicken is cooked and ready to eat, a quick meal is a breeze to throw together on those busy nights, or I forgot to take something out of the freezer.  Meal preparation is cut in half.  Great for food storage!

You must have a pressure canner to can meat.

  1.  Prepare your jars, rings and lids.  Jars should be washed and rinsed in Hot Water.  Sterilize your rings and lids by boiling in hot water for 1 minute.  Drain and set aside.
  2. Cut you raw chicken into chunks that will fit into your jars.
  3. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil on the stove.
  4. Fill jars with raw chicken to just under 1 inch rim.
  5. Fill jars with hot water so chicken is completely covered.  Don’t go over the 1 inch rim on jar.
  6. Wipe rim of jars to remove any chicken or water that may have gotten on the rim and around where you screw on the ring.
  7. Place lid and rings on jars.
  8. Can at 10 pounds pressure.  Quart jars process for 1 1/2 hours, pint jars for 1 1/2 hours.
  9. Make sure all jars are sealed before storing.

35 thoughts on “Canning Chicken

  1. You don’t have to cover raw packed meat with water. I let the raw meat make its own juices. Deliciousness! I do it all the same but add some salt and omit the liquid. I’ve done chicken, pork and beef this way.

    1. I have done it both ways, sometimes the juice doesn’t always cover all the chicken. I just like to play it safe. Enjoy!

  2. I’ve done pork and beef but never chicken. Now I’m going to have to try chicken. It’s so handy to have canned meat on hand and I’m always finding new ways to use it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is neat! Growing up, we would always can veggies and fruit. Never meat, but now I’m seriously considering it after reading this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I have a friend that has done a lot of canning in her life. She has tried to teach me but I have not done well. I had no idea you could use a whole machine to can. I am definitely going to try this!

  5. What a fantastic idea – but now I want to know where you found chicken for $.89 a pound! Holy cow that’s a good deal! Great tips on canning!

    1. You get enough people to take the class and I would think about coming out to DC to teach a class. You can do this. One step at a time and take your time.

    1. We bought our pressure canner 35 years ago. I can’t tell you how much money it has saved us over the years. Plus we know what we are eating with no preservatives that I don’t know about. I have a double stacker. It can hold 16 pints or 8 quarts. I have posted a canning recipe for chicken soup that is delicious. Hope you check it out.

  6. Wow!! What a great idea. I have never heard about it. This would make meal prep much easier and quick. Thank you for sharing!

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