Last night we slaughtered the last of our meat chickens. We have 2 left and those are going to be added to our laying hens. One we named Lilly, she was pounced on by the dog a few weeks ago and he broke her leg and some other injuries. We didn't think she would live and we didn't have time to slaughter her. So we said tomorrow we will and then another tomorrow we will. Till about 6 weeks have gone by and she limps but we have all gotten attached and feel bad that the dog hurt her. So Lilly was pardoned, the other got away last night and since it is a hen we thought we would see how she does laying.
Last week when I canned up the 6 chickens we did I used our roaster and sterilized the jars. It worked great and was a big help.
The lids I washed and threw in a few minutes before using. I heated the jar and rings and kept them hot till I needed them. I just pulled a couple out at a time while filling.
To can chicken I don't keep the meat on the bones. I cook the chicken till it is 2/3's of the way done and pull it out of the water, then let it cool a little so I can pull all the meat off and start stuffing it in jars. I use the water I cooked it in to pour over the meat add a little salt and cap the jars. Leave a 1 inch headspace.
Pressure can pints at 10 lbs pressure 1 hour 15 minutes, Quarts 1 hour 25 minutes.
Have a Blessed Day and Weekend!
For my LDS readers Happy Pioneer Day!
Hope your celebrations are wonderful. Tomorrow, we'll have a horse and buggy, livestock for the kiddos to see, a pony they can ride on, and a wonderful cookout. What kinds of ways has your family, ward or branch celebrated Pioneer Day?