Thursday, October 27, 2011

Canning 40 lbs. of Chicken

Do you remember a few weeks back when I told you about Zaycon Chicken?


You can find the post HERE


The Chicken arrived and my hubby and I got to work.

The 40 lbs. of Chicken comes in 4-10 lb. bags in a sturdy box....
Canning Chicken

We got to work cutting the boneless skinless chicken breasts into decent size chunks.
Canning Chicken

Raw packed it into Pint size jars, adding a 1/2 tsp. of salt...
Canning Chicken

Lids and Rings on each jar and into the Pressure Canner...
Canning Chicken

Our chicken needed to cook with 10 lbs of pressure for 1 hour and 15 minutes. (the amount of pressure depends on your elevation)
Canning Chicken

And tah dah! NUMMY home canned chicken. It creates it's own juice and is perfectly moist and tender out of the jar...
Canning Chicken

Note: We used the instruction manual with the Pressure Canner for directions on canning chicken. We also watched a few video's on YouTube that were very helpful. I think THIS VIDEO is one of the better ones:

We made Chicken Taco's for dinner the other night and they were so good!

They were similar to
THIS RECIPE from the Pioneer Woman...
photo from Pioneer Woman Cooks

Night before last we made White Chicken Chili. So easy with the Chicken already cooked in a jar!

There are lots of White Chicken Chili recipes floating around in Blog Land. But my most favorite and by far the easiest.... This handy little packet from the grocery store! SO easy! And oh so good!

Recipe can be found HERE

K.... I've been so busy canning chicken and getting ready for Halloween and helping Son #3 with his Eagle Scout Project that my poor little Etsy Shop has been sadly neglected....

BUT Christmas in Pleasant Home on Etsy,,, is coming soon!!! I can't wait for you to see all the Christmas Goodies going into the Shop. I'll keep you posted....

25 comments:

randi said...

wow! that's great that you have all that chicken ready to go!

i made PW's chicken tacos a while ago and loved them. so good!

**nicke... said...

now this is a fabulous idea. i got a huge bag of chicken and i didn't even think about canning it. very smart!

Di~ said...

I'm am so very jealous! What a great thing to do!

Tina ~ Seaside Stitches said...

It would never occur to me to can chicken, but how handy! Go, Eagle Scout! My son is finishing up a few final badges, so we're hoping he can get a project ready for Spring. And if his sister finishes her GS Gold Award, we can have an awesome combined ceremony! Did you know there will be a special Eagle Scout badge for 2012 (Centennial of Eagle)?

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regan said...

What a great idea.....we usually freeze our chicken when we buy it in bulk on sale.....but we are so limited to how much space there is in the freezer. Now I won't be tying up my freezer space on chicken! Thanks!

Kirsten and Tracy said...

Ha, this was the exact scene from my kitchen last Saturday! Thanks to your tip about Zaycon! I have a larger canner that will do 16 pints at 1 time and I use the side burner on my grill on the back porch. That keeps the smells and humidity from the steam outside. I have also stopped adding salt to my canned meats. I have read that it's not necessary for preserving and it cuts down on sodium intake. Some chicken I have purchased previously is already injected with some kind of seasonings. After I canned and the juice in the jar was somewhat orangeish, I read the label on the chicken at the store.

I almost wish I had gotten 2 boxes just because I love having all that chicken at my fingertips. Now if Zaycon would just do beef roasts!

Thanks for the tip about Zaycon, it was a fabulous experience purchasing from them!

Tracy

midnight hysteria said...

love, love, love home canned chicken ... i did that a long time ago with b/s-less chicken breasts only i left them in halves, not pieces ... they were wonderful ... the zaycon chicken, of which i ordered 80 lbs, all went into my freezer ... my canning book says that if you freeze it *properly* (ours are in bags of two half breasts, each small bag wrapped in freezer paper), you can thaw it slowly in the frig and then can as if it were fresh ... i'm looking forward to that in the deep, dark days of winter .... LOL .... thanks for your pics; they're awesome ... i hoping for *poundage* of zaycon burger to freeze ... have you ever canned hamburger? ..... darlene

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You are my canning hero!
Yvonne

Aquilter said...

Super great idea to can your chicken! I really need to do this--thanks for sharing!

Cindy said...

Thank you for this information! I also made Pioneer Woman's chicken taco's. They are my absolute favorite!

ritainalaska said...

isn't that great fun?! good job! back in the day we'd take the boat out fishing, i'd catch salmon [alaska kings and silvers] he'd clean them, i'd jar them. i put a teaspoon of granola oil and a half teaspoon of lawry's savor salt in with the salmon. salmon dip, patties, loaf, sandwich mix. salad. i drew the line at chowder. those were the days.

the mrs said...

I love this! I never knew you could can raw chicken like that and then the ideas for what to do with it out of the jar are great. I absolutely love your blog.

Whatever happened to the scrappy quilt of 2010? Did i miss it's unveiling?

Jackie said...

I would never have thought of canning chicken and for some reason, if I had, I would have thought you did it after cooking. Very interesting.

I make the same White Chicken Chili recipe. The only thing we do different is to add a can of Rotels. We actually had this last night!

Gumbo Lily said...

I love home canned meats. My MIL and I used to can stew meat similarly as you have canned the chicken. We called it "fast food."
It's so nice to crack a jar open and EAT!

Jody

JILB said...

Ooooo... canned chicken is so good and so convenient. We live in Missoula and I can't wait until I can catch one of Zaycon's chicken sales. Thank for all your inspiration.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Wow what a time saver to have all that just ready to heat and serve for dinner. I have never canned and really envy you canners. I am always afraid I would do something wrong and make the family sick. I need to get brave and try it.

blop said...

Back in the day when I was a huge canner, I would have jumped on this one.....silly me just did seafood, fruits and veggies! I did do moose, once, but no real resource....but it was yummy!!
i am excited about your Christmas etsy!!
xo

Heidi said...

Will you please tell me more about the condition of the chicken? Did you have to remove a lot of fat, or were the pieces already trimmed pretty well? I think you already said they were boneless and skinless. I would like to order a box or two but wanted to get a more accurate description from someone that has already seen the actual product.

Robin K. said...

I'm like Heidi and I'm wondering about the chicken. I buy the big bags of frozen chicken breasts from Costco, but they are treated with some sort of sodium solution which gives me migraines sometimes. Plus the breasts from Costco are unnaturally large--actually too big for one person. So my question is about how big are the breasts on average? Are the boxes delivered to your address or do you have to pick them up somewhere. I noticed that there weren't any listing for Oregon even though they deliver to the lower 48.

midnight hysteria said...

hi ... i purchased 80 lbs of these chicken breasts for $1.49 lb from zayconfoods.com and all i can say about this chicken is that it's wonderful ... it's not *cured* nor *soaked* in any kind of chemical solution, no brine or anything else; it's pure chicken ... each 40lb box has 4-10lb bags of full chicken breasts, boneless, skinless ... you cut them apart if you want and remove whatever little bit of fat on them (on 80lbs of chicken i removed 2.2 lbs of trim [i cut the breasts apart -- they are approx. 8oz each 1/2 breast] ... trim being the gristle between the halves and whatever small pieces of fat were on each one .... i got slack on the last 20 or so lbs and removed more than i should have, so i think i could have done better if i was not so tired of *doing* the breasts ... my hubbs and i packed each half in a pint bag, then i wrapped two bags (1 whole breast, about 1lb. worth) in freezer paper ... i could not be more satisfied ... i buy the chicken from costco but, price-wise, this beats them ... i also buy from winco (more of a west coast market) and their breasts, like costco's are brined and *chemicalled* and very thin ...

the breasts are large, but you can always split them with your kids or hubbs ... they already delivered to oregon and i'm not sure when they'll be back ... check zayconfoods.com ... i also ordered bacon in a 30 lb box and split that will a friend; it is good ...

in other words, you would not go wrong purchasing these ... also, i read in my canning book that if you freeze the breasts *correctly* (wrapping them well), you can then, at a later date, can them and it's ok ....

always ask questions; then you find out everything you want to know ... i saw them here in yakima at a church friend's (from the last chicken buy) and was impressed ....

darlene

Terry and Danella said...

ok jodi! i'm coming...no... WE are coming for dinner! wish ... wish... wish! i miss you terribly.

pappa dave and grandma charly said...

Just wu neeondering how much trimming you need to do with chicken?? Is there alot of fat on the chicken breast????

pappa dave and grandma charly said...

How much trimming do you need to do with the Chicken breast??? How much fat and skin is on on the chicken breast??

Thanks

air heat exchanger said...

Super great idea to can your chicken! I really need to do this--thanks for sharing!

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