Friday, June 4, 2010

Can If You Can

I want to mention the LDS Church cannery. I spent the day there on Tuesday canning chicken. It was a good day. The products are high quality and the prices are good compared to other sources. I know that not everyone has this service available but if you do, take advantage of it. Find a group of friends and go together. Purchase as much as you can and sell what you can’t afford to others who babysit for you or are working and can’t make it.

We canned White Chicken Chunks. Before I started going to the cannery to can chicken, I had a preconceived notion of what the canned chicken would be like. I was very pleasantly surprised. It is very high quality and has endless uses. It only takes a few hours to can, and is a good food storage item. It is so much easier to plan food storage meals when you have meat in cans stored.

Also, if a cannery is available to you, check out the dry pack products that are there to purchase. It is so easy to get busy and put it off, but schedule a time as often as you possibly can and use this facility. Just a note here - the cannerys are book far in advance to do the Chicken and beef. Sometimes there is a 3 month wait. If you'd like to take advantage of the opportunity call first thing in the mornings to see if you can get signed up. You will be so glad you did.

If you don’t have a cannery available, experiment with different canned meat items and find some that you like. Stock up when they come on sale. Meat has a good storage life if stored in a cool, dry place.

We will also talk in another post about canning your own meat. It is not hard to do at all. I’ve done ground beef, chicken and a combo of steaks and roast beef. It is a wonderful thing to see on your shelves.

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