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Alternatives To Freezing Meat

ImageWouldn’t it be nice to be able to just walk over to the cupboard and grab a pint or quart jar of ground beef that’s already cooked and ready to add to your favorite recipes? Wouldn’t it be great to have more room in your freezer? there are alternatives to freezing meat.  If you use a pressure canner you can safely store meat in canning jars for years.

Canning Beef Or Venison

Gather your canning supplies:

  • Pressure canner
  • Canning seals and rings
  • Canning jars
  • Jar lifter
  • Canning funnel
  • Bowls
  • Canning Salt


  1. Cut away any bruised areas, gristle, and excess fat. Slice across the grain into strips about 1 inch thick.
  2. Place cubes in a large pan and brown.
  3. Add canning salt to your jars if desired. I use 1 tsp per quart. I have seen it recommended to use 2 tsp. Add according to your taste. canning venison
  4. Once your meat is heated through, fill into hot jars. Use a slotted spoon and leave the drippings in the pan. After you have the jars full pour any meat drippings over the meat in the jars.
  5. There may not be enough to cover all the jars. Evenly distribute the juice you have between the jars and then top them off with boiling water. Leave a 1 inch head space.
  6. Wipe the rims of your jars clean.
  7. Place the warmed lids and screw bands on finger tight.
  8. Place jars in your preheated pressure canner.  Do your best to make sure the jars are not touching each other. This is sometimes a tight fit so it may take a little maneuvering.

Process Quarts 1 hour 30 minutes
Process Pints 1 hour 15 minutes


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3 thoughts on “Alternatives To Freezing Meat

  1. This saves a lot of time, especially if you had frozen meat that you forgot to remove from the freezer the day before. Tacos can be ready in 15 minutes with a pint of canned ground beef.

  2. I’ve been wanting to try this forever. My boys are all hunters and we usually freeze all the meat. It would be so great to have it already cooked and ready to go! Add this to my “must try” list of things to do!
    Have you ever tried canning pre made meals like chili or stew?

    • Sure you can. You can pressure can Chili, soups, stews, sloppy Joe sauce with meat. It sure makes life easier when you can just grab a jar off the shelf, heat it up and serve it after a long day.

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