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Can 'O Bantam

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by Rujzin, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. Rujzin

    Rujzin Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been looking at articles on pressure canning chicken. The idea is to chop raw chicken into one inch cubes and pack them loosely in a jar. No water is needed, and the chicken both cooks and fills with juice during the canning process. It will supposedly last up to three years and makes tender, non-mushy, flavorful chicken.

    Amazing so far.

    Then I started eyeing my quart jars and my little bantam roosters. We process our bantams, which are amazing, rich tasting little "cornish hens." I am pretty confident one little rooster would fit in a single quart jar with some room to spare.

    But I am looking at putting a whole bantam in. Not diced up, bones would be involved.

    Thoughts?

    If not a whole chicken, what about a quart of mini drumsticks, a quart of thighs? Quartering is fine, I just don't want to debone. Or hack into bits.

    Has anyone attempted this? I am happy to experiment, but if anyone has any hands-on experience doing this then all the better. I would love to free up freezer space and dump the need for all of those freezer bags (although if this fails, I'll do the mason jar freezer storage instead).
     
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  2. donrae

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    I've not done a whole bantam, but I've done leg quarters in quart jars. I just cram them in, basically, and process. the Ball Blue Book has instructions for canning bone-in chicken. If you don't have that book, invest in it. It's under $10 and an invaluable resource.
     
  3. Rujzin

    Rujzin Out Of The Brooder

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    How embarrassing. I have that book, but I skipped over everything and focused on the jam recipes like a fool. I will go back and peek at it. Bone in and quartered is perfectly fine with me so long as I don't have to completely debone.

    Thank you for the fast reply and for the welcome :)
     
  4. donrae

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    No worries. Canned chicken is the bomb to have on hand for "those nights". I have a silkie rooster I may be processing later this spring.....not sure about canning the black meat, how would that look in the jar? I'm thinking [​IMG], but it may make a great conversation piece!
     
  5. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Somehow I ended up with a canned chicken from the grocery. Not sure how they did it, but they got a whole chicken in a #5 can.
    When I open it, it was nothing but a bunch of mushy chicken and bones.
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    My puking smiley isn't working.
     
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  6. donrae

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    I was watching Chopped one time and they had to use that whole canned chicken....[​IMG]

    My canned chicken comes out much better. It is soft and tender, true, but it's still got some texture. I still want to see the can of silkie [​IMG]
     

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