Site Talk forum: Food - Cooking, Canning, Preserving, Freezing

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Name: Kayleigh
(Zone 5a)
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HoosierHarvester
Nov 19, 2015 1:37 PM CST
What's the chance of getting a forum like this? I'm probably not the one to ask such a thing since I'm only here 4 or 5 months of the year, but it would be nice discussing with others their cooking and food preservation methods. Smiling
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
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Chillybean
Nov 19, 2015 1:49 PM CST
I would enjoy taking part in that forum. I am fairly new to it, so am sure I could learn something from others.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Nov 19, 2015 1:51 PM CST

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Well, we have a vegetables and fruit forum which I think would be a fine place to discuss the preserving of the same.
Name: Kayleigh
(Zone 5a)
Cat Lover Seed Starter Canning and food preservation Plays in the sandbox Lilies Hummingbirder
Irises Daylilies Cut Flowers Butterflies Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
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HoosierHarvester
Nov 19, 2015 2:03 PM CST
Okay, thanks, I understand there are already a LOT of forums here. I've used the Sandbox. Vegetables and Fruits forum sounds okay, except that currently I'm working on learning to can chicken and beef, soups and stocks that include meat. Sandbox could be used as well, just didn't know how many interested parties would find such posts..
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Nov 20, 2015 10:59 AM CST
Do you raise any of the chickens or beef yourself? If so, would the Farming forum be suitable?

One way unusual topics could be found here is by searching the Forums. But I am not sure I would think of searching for topics related to canning meat or any other off topic here. But yes, give the Sandbox a try. There might be a great discussion started. :)
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Nov 25, 2015 7:56 AM CST
We used to have an "Edibles and Preserving" forum but the name was changed...
http://garden.org/thread/view_post/879427/

Edited to add:
It's okay to start a new thread in the Edibles and Preserving forum to discuss cooking, canning, preserving and freezing. I would be interested to learn about safely preserving chicken and other meats. :)






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Name: Kayleigh
(Zone 5a)
Cat Lover Seed Starter Canning and food preservation Plays in the sandbox Lilies Hummingbirder
Irises Daylilies Cut Flowers Butterflies Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
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HoosierHarvester
Nov 25, 2015 8:55 AM CST
Greene, and anyone else interested, I did, here's the thread:
The thread "Cooking, Canning, Freezing, Preserving, Meats/Veggies/Fruits" in Vegetables and Fruit forum
Name: Kayleigh
(Zone 5a)
Cat Lover Seed Starter Canning and food preservation Plays in the sandbox Lilies Hummingbirder
Irises Daylilies Cut Flowers Butterflies Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
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HoosierHarvester
Nov 25, 2015 10:22 AM CST
@Chillybean , I see you were interested above, so hopefully you have or will see the above new thread that I made.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Nov 25, 2015 11:47 AM CST
Many years ago, I took the Master Canner course through my County Extension Office. It was very well worth the time involved, and my "return" of volunteer hours was easily met by managing the canned food booth of our local community fair. The course was free and open to anyone interested (as opposed to the Master Gardening program, where one has to interview and somehow qualify). The best take-away I got from this course is to always check the USDA's recommendations for processing. You can certainly use Aunt Susie's famous tomato sauce recipe, but find a similar one USDA approved and use their method and timing. The biggest eye opener for me was that dill pickles had the highest incidents of botulism - many folks don't process them at all, or do not use a high enough concentration of vinegar.

In response to your direct question of how long canned meats will last, I think a good rule of thumb for any food processing is to put up enough for one year, and then continue to rotate your preserved goods using the oldest ones first. I make notes of how much product I used and how many jars it yielded so I can adjust the next season.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Kayleigh
(Zone 5a)
Cat Lover Seed Starter Canning and food preservation Plays in the sandbox Lilies Hummingbirder
Irises Daylilies Cut Flowers Butterflies Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
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HoosierHarvester
Nov 25, 2015 11:50 AM CST
@Bonehead that was my thoughts, hoping for a year with respect to beef, chicken and the broths, and canning only that used within a year.

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