Canning meat/what Equipment is needed, how much canning is necessary

Konstantin

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I'm not sure, my guess would be that it helps preserve it, I just had a quick look online and this article says:



There's also the added bonus of having the extra fat. When times are tough and you need to eat canned food you'll be getting fat along with protein.

I did the same as Yupo- either washed them in hot water and dish soap or put them in the dishwasher.
Add that to the grease, which isn’t a great environment for bacteria growth either, and you’ve got a decent preservation method. The fat essentially seals out the bacteria, much like waxing your jellies.

But recently, I heard about meat being preserved in just lard. Lard has no salt or other chemicals in it – just fat. Specifically, pork fat.

So is there some magic quality to this that makes it keep meat from going bad? Can you preserve meat in simple lard? If so, that could be great for those of us who are worried about survival when SHTF.
The place where I live and the whole Balkan peninsula, in general, was always a place where people worked on their land and have their animals. The first electric bulb was on for the first time in 1909 in Macedonia.
A Balkan peninsula is a place with a lot of wars also. So the true electrification started after the WW2

People here know a lot of methods to preserve their food without refrigerators for a long time. Preserving food in lard is one of them.
Until recently and a lot of people even in present times are preserving their meat in lard.
They just put meat in a big container, put salt, then they use melted animal fat and they pour over the meat until the meat is submerged in liquid fat. When fat cools and solidifies, the meat is perfectly sealed inside the fat.
 

naorma

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Did you buy lard separately and put it on the beef ?
Yes, I always use lard for cooking so I have it at home and put it on the beef. In German we say Schmalz, this is simple the pure fat from porks/swine. I am not quite sure whether lard does not mean something different in English so I give all the translations I found on dict.leo.org

larddas Schmalz Pl.
schmaltz auch: schmalz [ugs.] jiddischder Schmalz [ugs.] - etwas Sentimentales
shortening - lard for baking [KULIN.]das Schmalz Pl.
corniness

I always put the twist-off glasses in the oven and heat them to about 120° C and let them there until I see it making bubbles which takes some hours normally.
 
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Jenn

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Yes, there is a possibility but it is very unlikely that it will happen. The jars are boiled at 100 C for 3 to 4 hours.
After all, even if Clostridium botulinum develops in the food, the botulinum toxin is easily destroyed by even lower temperatures.
Here is what I found:




Nobody will eat that meat straight from the jar. It is semi-cooked or coked meat and in 15 minutes, any dish with meat can be prepared with it.
So, before consumption, it will be coked for another 10-15-20 minutes. Even if botulinum toxin is present, it will be deactivated and meat will be safe for eating.

The content in the jars is clear. It is not muddy inside. When opened, if there is some unusual smell, it will be discarded into the trash.
So, in the end, I am not worried that something like botulism can happen.

Thank you for pointing out because we must be sure that the canned food is safe for consumption.
Well, that's good to know in case my canner ever breaks down, thanks for sharing.
 

Yupo

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Classico sauces come in various sizes of mason jars with a one piece lid. Some of the jars take a standard lid and some take a smaller lid. I save those jars (and lids) anyway, if the seals look good. I'm going through some older food stocks in the moving process and finding that some of these one piece lids sealed a bit too well! I tried everything to open the jars, finally resorted to a swing-away can opener to cut into the lids, break the vacuum and open the jars. Contents were good.
Lids and jars were free, anyway. Not USDA approved, so consider as entertainment purposes only.
Couple of days ago I was at my local Walmart. No canners, pressure cookers, jars, canning supplies at all on the shelf. Manager had no idea when stock would be back in, a situation I've never encountered before. Never seen a bare section like that there before. I guess word is getting out to brace for a storm. Also missing were food sealers and dehydrators. I've also heard freezers are suddenly in short supply, but I did not look to see.
 

Yupo

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I don't know of I mentioned it, but pouches are available for canning. They are not cheap or reusable, but neither are they fragile. The foods store (and pack) very easily. They come in many sizes. Tuna, pet foods and some convenience foods are sold in these pouches.
Retort pouches. You'll need a vacuum sealer for the pouches.
 

Eboard10

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Asking for help to find jars in Europe. So far, I have used the twist-off ones from German supplier Flaschenbauer. They have worked fine for me but for the next batch I would like to try the canning jars with 2-piece lids so I was wondering if anyone based in Europe knows where to buy them at a good price? Couldn't find them on Flaschenbauer and the ones for sale in a store nearby are very expensive.
 

Alana

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Asking for help to find jars in Europe. So far, I have used the twist-off ones from German supplier Flaschenbauer. They have worked fine for me but for the next batch I would like to try the canning jars with 2-piece lids so I was wondering if anyone based in Europe knows where to buy them at a good price? Couldn't find them on Flaschenbauer and the ones for sale in a store nearby are very expensive.

If you mean something like this:


in France you can get them locally at Comai or Leclerc. I bought a pack of 6 1L recently from Leclerc, for 16-17 euros.

Do you have these stores close to you?
 

Eboard10

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in France you can get them locally at Comai or Leclerc. I bought a pack of 6 1L recently from Leclerc, for 16-17 euro
Thanks! That's exactly what I was looking for. I ended up going to a local Leclerc store in France and found those jars at a very reasonable price of 14-15 euros for a pack of 6 so I bought a few of them to keep me occupied for some time.
 
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