Our weather is really cooling off. The garden is just about done.
The cucumbers have dried up & I have one melon left on the vine. There were 3 but deer got into 2 of them. It/they ate half of 2 melons. Grrr !!!! At least they could have shared!
The tomato plants are loaded but are slow to ripen in the cooler days. I have been cooking them into sauce and then freezing until I have a larger amount. Yesterday I was able to pick enough to can 4 quarts of tomato sauce with the freezer batches.
Our green beans are about done also, I’m only picking a meal or 2’s worth at a time. I’ve pulled over half the plants and have the 3rd planting finishing up now. Again, its not enough to batch can so in the freezer they go!
A month or so ago I bought a pressure canner and just love it! I have so much more flexibility in preserving.
I tried my first experiment with poultry canning yesterday. I had picked up a few whole chickens on sale for .89 lb. We roasted one the other night, we (5 of us) ate 2 suppers with it & a few lunches. Yesterday I cooked the carcass, deboned it & had a full pan of rich chicken soup base. After skimming as much fat as possible, ended up with 2 quarts of stock. Or, depending on how I use it 2 suppers of chicken stew, cream of chicken soup or casseroles. An we will get at least 2 meals from what I choose to make. Not to bad for 1 $5.00 Chicken!
So, why didn’t I just stick the bones in the freezer until I was ready to use them? Well, the onset of Fall means hunting season. I need to create lots of space with out loosing what I have stored. Erika’s fridge is due in today so that will help clear their things out but still not create the space I need.
I’ve been researching canning the venison we have thru 2- 3 sites using raw or cooked meat. I’ve decided to start with cooked meat, making stews or BBQ before I move on to raw. If I do it correctly it will preserve the meat even longer & free the needed freezer space.
I’m open to advice so speak up if you’ve done this before or, know of any proven sources of information!