First, I went crazy buying & canning chicken breasts for $.87 per lb. When I priced the canned chicken at Costco and figured it out, it came to $2.35 per lb. For 34 lbs. I figured it was a savings of $ 57.00!
Next, I canned up 25 lbs. of boneless beef that I paid $1.77 per lb. When I figured up the cost of buying the 12 oz. cans at Costco it was $3.30 per lb. It came to a savingsof $38.25.
Last, I decided to can up some of the 4-H pig that I split with a friend last fall. This was just for the price of the lids … OK guys, I had some electricity to pay for, but when you figure all the power I wasn’t burning running the furnace, TV (too busy) and who knows what else, I figure it was a wash on that one!
All stored, cooked, de-fatted & ready-to-eat.
I followed the guidelines found at:
http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/questions/FAQ_canning.html#top . I strongly suggest that if you do this kind of canning, you check out this website. The directions are simple and accurate.
***After taking a semester of food science classes at University of AZ (training to serve in one of the church canneries as a cannery operator) I cannot stress enough, how important it is that you use an information source such as this! The pathogens found in improperly processed foods can be deadly, please don’t just go by how “Aunt Bruhilda” always did it.