I am still waiting for the ham to come back so the pickup will not happen for another week or so
But I wanted to have a idea of the amount of meat, in pounds coming back and the cost that I needed to get together.. O my goodness..
I have 776 pounds of pork, coming back, burger, strew, chops, Bacon and ham coming home.. Almost eight hundred pounds of trimmed, boned cut wrapped and in some cases cured and smoked pork..
WOW.. just wow.. I really thought I would get less then that, I was expecting five to six hundred by the time, I did not ask for certain things that I normally do, I did not ask for the heads back , I could not stand the idea of seeing them.. I did not ask for the tail or the hocks, again because I would have known who was who. I even deboned different parts that I rarely do, to help me with my.. wigs.. I know I know.. I will get over it, but these things help with the fact that I am still having a hard time.
What this means in layman terms is that I will need to can at least a couple hundred pounds of burger and stew meat in pretty rapid order..
Given that I already needed to can around 200 or so jar of beef, adding in 200 to 300 jars of pork is going to be a goodly amount of work indeed.
I have two pressure canners, that can do 18 pints per, so 36 pints on double loads at a time.. I will be pushing it, I rarely have 500 or more jars open in the pantry, I have around 1100 to 1200 jars in the house.
On top of that, I am planning on butchering Rabbits this weekend and as I have NO room what so ever in my freezers, I will need to can them, it takes one quart jar per rabbit and so that will use another twenty plus quarts out of my stash.
So let me ask you.. do you have a extra 500 empty just waiting to be filled jars in your pantry if you need to suddenly can a whole deer, moose, beef or xxx
I am hopeful that I will have enough lids as well, but need to do a count on them..