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More canning

August 20, 2010

Boneless chicken was on sale for $0.89/lb a few weeks back, so Boy and I bought 20 lbs of it and canned it up. Half of it we mixed with green chiles and onions to make up enchilada filling, and the other half was just straight chicken. In addition, we mixed up some enchilada sauce […]

Homemade dehydrator

June 18, 2010

A friend of mine recently was going through junk in her garage, and found the shell of a metal drawer rack. All the drawers were being used as baskets elsewhere, so she was going to toss the frame. Instead, I took it home thinking I might be able to MacGuyver it into a dehydrator.

Canning chicken update

May 13, 2010

This is a little late, but I spent the weekend canning chicken. Turns out 40 lbs of chicken leg quarters — after cooking, skinning, and deboning — works out to about 10 quarts of meat. I spent $15 on the chicken (on sale for 37 cents / lb). Some quick Googling revealed that the average […]

Canning chicken, Stage I

May 7, 2010

I only have one large dutch-oven style pot, which (it turns out) will hold about 5 lbs of chicken quarters. I’ve already cooked one batch and removed it and put another 5 lbs in the same broth. Each batch of chicken takes about 2 1/2 hours to cook thoroughly. I like to cook it long […]

Taking advantage of a sale by canning chicken

May 5, 2010

I just got back from a week of framing and sheathing my house (see my Twitter feed for pics). My mailbox was stuffed with junk, of course, but one of the flyers was advertising chicken quarters for 37 cents a pound if you buy in bulk. My kind of deal. I picked up a total […]