Debbie S. left a comment on my last post that she had never heard of canning meats. I thought I would write a little post about my experience of canning meat. Its fabulous. So much better than store bought canned meat. Its also a way to spread your eggs out, in other words don't have all your eggs in one basket. I have some meat frozen and some meat canned. That way I should have it covered if something happens to the electric or so on.
I personally have canned pork, chicken, beef, bacon, taco meat, meat loaf, meat balls, chili with meat and sloppy joes. Just last night I opened a can of cubed pork I had canned and poured off the juice and added salsa and warmed it up. We ate it on taco shells, its such an easy tasty and quick meal.
I cold pack my meats and do not add liquid generally, the sloppy joes and meatballs I did add tomato sauce with some brown sugar in it. All meat has to be pressure canned. If you are canning meat and dont quite have a pressure canner load full, can some beans for more quick meals. I also do not cook the beans first. If you look under canning you should be able to find the bean canning method. I forgot about that the other day when I canned the taco meat and sloppy joes, I could of canned a pint or two of beans, shoot.
If you have never canned meat and you find a good deal on some and have a pressure canner, give it a go, you will be glad you did.
Edited to add: I do cook my ground meat before I can it. I have been told that if you dont do that it will form a huge lump in the jar that is almost impossible to get out. When I made the meatballs we put them in a 9x13 pan and cooked them almost done on the grill, then I canned them. The sloppy joe meat, chili meat and taco meat I cooked in a pan with the desired spices.