I wish that I was sleeping. But I got a late start on a couple of canners of chicken, and it’s gonna be a while before I get there. I don’t especially like to can meat, but it is so handy to have on hand, and it is a good and quick dinner when there is unexpected company, or when time runs short to make something for the family.
I have always canned straight white meat — boneless, skinless tenders, straight from the processing plant. I like using that for chicken salad or even casseroles. But I married a man who likes dark meat, so I’m trying something different with this chicken. I am filling my quart jars half full of white meat, and then finishing it off with dark, as in boneless, skinless thighs. I wonder if it won’t make the meat more moist, and if the flavor won’t be better for quick soups or casseroles. Maybe even better chicken salad.
I got 40 pounds of dark meat, and 40 pounds of white. I am selling a ten pound bag out of each case, which leaves me with 60 pounds of meat. If my calculations hold true, that will give me around 28 quarts of canned chicken. I think that will last this family for a while. And I won’t have to worry about a freezer going out. That is a good feeling, too.
So now, one canner is finished, and the other is in its cooling down stage and 14 quarts are finished for tonight. A few minutes ago, Certain Man betook himself to his bed, but I have a short wait before I can go. Hopefully I can get the others done tomorrow. All is quiet in the old farmhouse at Shady Acres. I think I am going to go enjoy the solitude for a few more minutes.
Blessings, Dear Friends. May you all sleep well!