We ended up with 4 quarts of fresh Louisiana Red Beans for the freezer!
The chicken killed Wednesday evening was immediately iced down with lots of ice in coolers with just a little salt. The coolers sat overnight in the laundry room where it was cool. Bright and early Thursday morning O Wise One and I started cleaning and cutting them up.
First the breast were removed and frozen.
Then the wings were cleaned and trimmed and frozen.
Once frozen they were put in Food Saver bags and vacuum packed. 4 bags of breast 6 to a bag and 2 bags of wings 24 to a bag.
The remainder of the meat, bones and skin were then boiled down in big pots and the meat taken off the bone. Then it was put in jars with a mixture of half meat and half strained broth. They were pressure cooked for an hour and 30 minutes at 10 pounds pressure.
The remaining broth was also canned. I pressure cooked it for 30 minutes at 10 pounds pressure. I could have also frozen the broth at this point but since I was already pressure cooking I felt it was just as easy to can it at this point.
How pretty is that? This meat and broth will make great chicken and noodles, chicken soup, and even chicken and sausage gumbo. Will sure be nice on a cold afternoon when the snow is flying this winter.
So that is all the spring baby chickens from March that we are going to butcher. The remaining 20 young hens will be kept for egg production. And of course our two roosters. The young hens are just starting to lay pullet eggs. We got 2 yesterday.
You can see by the picture that they are smaller than the other eggs but they get bigger everyday. Once they all start laying and they get full size toward the end of the summer the older 7 hens that are starting to drop off on egg production will be butchered and frozen as baking hens and for O Wise One to smoke. As for me the kitchen was disinfected both before and after and all the pots are washed and everything frozen and put away. As I type this on Friday morning I know that I have 5 gallons of peaches sitting on the back porch to be canned this morning and the blackberries need picking again. So my job for this morning is peach pie filling. Then I am resting this weekend and not canning anything cause I am pooped!
I will take that time to instead thank god for my blessings and the abundance of the harvests bestowed upon us this week.
Let ya know how the peach pie filling comes out!
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter