Saturday, March 19, 2011
GRANNY'S KITCHEN: Canning Bacon
Our family LOVES Yoder's Bacon, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Shooting for that scenario, I laid my bacon out on full sized parchment sheets to fold in half and roll up. I was thinking large mouth pints (equivalent to Yoder's can), but ended up with large mouth quarts. Wish I had enough large mouth 1 1/2 pint jars: that would be PERFECT for this project.
Folded and half and squeezed down into the jar, my parchment paper stuck up a bit, so I just pushed it all down into the jar.
I have no idea how Yoder's gets all that bacon in their cans!! I was able to get approximately 1# of bacon per quart jar (as opposed to their seemingly 3# per pint jar!! -- I tell you, well worth the price, especially if you love camping!!).
Anyway, this will be so much more worth it because of the great sale price I found! When this box is complete, I hope they still have some more, so I can do it again!! This will be soo handy to have camping -- no need to have bacon taking up cooler space! Maybe I'll take my egg powder to make scrambled eggs instead of fresh eggs, too -- save cooler space PLUS, Nicolas only eats scrambled eggs anyway.. maybe he won't notice the difference. LOL
I decided that I didn't like squishing the parchment paper down into the jars, so for the next jar, I cut the parchment to fit. The parchment pieces I used were about 6x38.. and that seemed to work just fine!
Rather than folding the bacon, I decided to cut it, too. Yes, I used scissors! Worked just fine.
Here are my cuts bacon pieces ready to roll up. So I just rolled up and put in the jars. There is space around the bacon in the jars because I couldn't get more in than the size of the lid opening. If I could find more 1 1/2 pints, they are tapered -- the jar is the same size as the wide mouth opening. I'll see what I can come up with.
Cook at 10# pressure for 90 minutes.