Pressure canners: what are your favorites?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by freemotion, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. freemotion

    freemotion Songster

    Nov 10, 2008
    Western MA
    I am having a ball (jar [​IMG] ) with my new pressure canner and would like to know what others have canned successfully. I am particularly interested in one-jar meals, but any ideas....and recipes....would be much appreciated!

    so far I have done:

    Catfood (the initial reason for the canner, as my freezer was too full and my cats are huge!)

    Black beans (to learn to use the canner without risking expensive food or a lot of chopping and prep work.)

    Then I got brave and did:

    Chili Con Carne
    Veggie Chili
    Spaghetti sauce with ground beef and mushrooms
    Pizza sauce
    13-Bean soup with ham
    Chicken soup with carrots and collards

    Failure: Red peppers, onions, and mushrooms (a mixture DH likes with his omelet in the morning) Actually, he liked it, but it was very mushy. He likes his veggies mushy, and liked the convenience. But I will freeze this mix for him when the peppers are in season next year.

    What have you pressure canned successfully? What have you tried that wasn't worth the trouble?
  2. moms_pantry

    moms_pantry Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    I have a Presto canner. I have used it a lot with great success. I've canned tomatoes, and deer meat. I have also canned a creole chicken al a king. I combined two recipes from my Ball canning book and it taste really good. My oldest son came to visit after I finished canning and took a couple of jars home with him. He loves it.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2008

    FLOWERPOT Songster

    Mar 13, 2008
    Southern Indiana
    I like making salsa!
    The kids eat it up.
    I know its good for them, and I know what is in it.
    I can lots of tomatos and they are alway all gone before summer comes around again.
  4. freemotion

    freemotion Songster

    Nov 10, 2008
    Western MA
    OK, gals, I want the chicken ala king recipe and the salsa recipe!
  5. moms_pantry

    moms_pantry Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Chicken A LA King

    7-8 lbs stewing chickens, cut in pieces
    2 stalks celery, quartered
    1 onion, chopped
    1 carrot, sliced thick
    4 peppercorns
    2 whole allspice
    1 bay leaf
    2 tsp. salt
    1/4 c. butter
    1/2 c. flour
    5 c. chicken broth
    salt and pepper to taste

    To Prepare Chicken: Cook chicken in water to cover. Add celery and next 6 ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 2-3 hrs or until chicken is tender. Remove vegetables for later. Allow chicken to cool in broth. Remove chicken; spoon off excess fat; strain broth. Remove skin and bones from meat. Cut meat into 1" pieces.

    Melt butter; add flour and stir until smooth. Gradually add chicken broth and cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Add chicken and vegetables. Simmer 5 min. Pack into hot jars, leaving 1" head space. Remove air bubbles. Adjust caps. Process pints 1 hr. 5 min. and quarts 1 hr. 15 min. at 10 lbs. pressure.

    Before I process it, I add the creole sauce to the pot and simmer for the 5 min. Then I put it in the hot jars.

    Creole Sauce

    3 quarts peeled, cored, chopped tomatoes (about 18 med.)
    2 c. chopped onions (about 2 med.)
    1 c. chopped sweet red peppers (aobut 2 med.)
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 hot red pepper, finely chopped (I didn't add this)
    1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
    1 Tbsp. sugar
    2 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp marjoram
    1/4 tsp. chili powder

    Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pot. Cook slowly until thick, about 1 1/2 hrs. Stir frequently to prevent sticking.

    This is when I add to the Chicken A LA King and simmer 5 min. before processing.

    I hope you try it and enjoy it. We do.
  6. freemotion

    freemotion Songster

    Nov 10, 2008
    Western MA
    I thought you weren't supposed to pressure can recipes with flour??? Did you say this recipe came from your canning book? Must be ok......can anyone enlighten me?

    I am not clear on why I've read you are not supposed to use flour, rice, pasta, etc, though.
  7. bulldog-girl

    bulldog-girl Songster

    May 16, 2008
    Estacada, OR
    Moms-pantry: How many cups of chicken meat do you end up with? I would like to do this with some of my leftover turkey and homemade turkey stock. Just want to get an idea of quantity to subsitute. Sound wonderful by the way. Can't wait to make this and can it. Do you serve this with noodles or rice?

    FLOWERPOT Songster

    Mar 13, 2008
    Southern Indiana
    I haven't used a recipe for the salsa in years, But just kinda go by memory and how it went the year before.
    Peel the tomatoes by dropping them into lightly boiling water for about a minute, dip them out and put them into the sink full of icey cold water, They peel really easy this way.

    chop the peeled tomatoes, bell peppers, Jalapenos, onions, garlic.
    fresh Cilantro is optional but really good in it
    I mix it up in a large tub.
    Add Apple cider vinegar to taste.
    fill jars with the HOT mix
    Water bath can them for 50 minutes

    GOOOOD stuff!!!!
  9. moms_pantry

    moms_pantry Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Quote:I don't know how many cups of chicken it made. I don't think that I even checked. I just put it all in. Sometimes I serve it with rice, but we like it better with noodles.

    Freemotion: I just followed the recipe. It was in my Ball canning book. It called for flour and I used it. It came out great.
  10. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I am a (edited by Jenn:) stickler about recording my canning. In 2008 I canned:

    Recipe Cost Quarts Pints Half Pints Method
    Apple Pie Filling $0 3 Canned
    Applesauce $0 6 Canned
    Asparagus $9 4 Canned
    Baked Beans $1 4 Canned
    Beef in Wine Sauce $8 6 1 Canned
    Blueberry Pie Filling $0 2 Canned
    Brandied Cherries $4 2 Canned
    Bruschetta in a Jar $0 2 Canned
    Carrot Pepper Salsa $150 8 Canned
    Cherries in Syrup $4 4 Canned
    Cherry Crisp $4 2 Canned
    Cherry-Almond Jam $4 3 Canned
    Chicken Broth $0 12 Canned
    Chili $0 2 Canned
    Citrus Blueberry Conserves $0 3 Canned
    Corn $0 7 4 Canned
    Crushed Tomatoes $15 7 Canned
    Curried Carrots $3 3 Canned
    Deli Dill Pickles $0 9 4 Canned
    Dilly Beans $0 5 Canned
    Green Beans $0 8 Canned
    Natural Blackberry Jam $0 2 3 Canned
    Peach Salsa $0 8 Canned
    Pears in Syrup $5 1 2 Canned
    Pickled Roasted Red Peppers $5 5 1 Canned
    Pickled Summer Squash $0 5 Canned
    Pineapple $6 2 2 1 Canned
    Plum Chutney $0 4 3 Canned
    Plum Suace $0 5 Canned
    Preserved Lemons $6 1 1 Canned
    Pumpkin $0 5 Canned
    Red Onion Marmalade $0 3 Canned
    Sauerkraut $4 1 3 Canned
    Spicy tomato salsa $4 10 2 Canned
    Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler $9 1 1 Canned
    Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam $9 3 Canned
    Sweet Pickles $0 2 3 Canned
    Tomato Sauce $15 12 2 Canned
    Turkey Soup $0 12 Canned
    Turkey Stock $0 5 2
    Vanilla Peach Jam $0 5 1 Canned
    Vegetable Soup $0 6 5 Canned
    Bacon $2 1 Frozen
    Blueberries (frozen) $0 5 Frozen
    Cherries (frozen) $4 3 Frozen
    Pesto (frozen) $5 1 Frozen
    Red Bell Peppers (frozen) $6 2 Frozen
    Strawberries (frozen) $17 5 Frozen
    Yellow Squash (frozen) $0 4 Frozen
    Lavender Sugar $0 1 Other
    Lavender Syrup $0 1 Other
    $299 122 129 13
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2008

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