Got my Pork weights back..

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..

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9 Responses to Got my Pork weights back..

  1. Sheri says:

    Mercy! You might want to hold off butchering those rabbits or any other farm animal until after you have this under complete control, or buy another freezer…….fast!

    • I have a week or so to get extras taken care of, I really need to get those rabbits done, they should have been done months or weeks ago depending on which ones, I also have ducks and a few hens that need to be done as well but they can wait, the rabbits can not.. I was gone, then sick and then when we did have good weather, I was busy, busy getting things done, we are to have a milder temps on the weekend and I need to get them processed and the pelts put on hold but salted. any yes, I will have to buy another freezer but I want a smaller one, you know one that would only hold.. say 500 pounds of meat LOL

      • Sheri says:

        I’d make a call to an appliance shop and see if they have a reconditioned one for cheap. You might want to get 2 just in case. You can always unplug them when not in use. My dad always kept 2 freezers, one up-right and a big chest freezer. He would ship out (Navy) for 8 months every year and would stock us up on meat before leaving. He got my mom another old frig and re-plumbed it to hold a keg of beer for her. It was her reward for being stuck alone with 3 kids!

  2. 500 would be 41 dozen or so jars. No, can’t say that I could do that. Might have half that empty, between pints and quarts. When we get pigs, I want little ones. I don’t think I ever want to deal with 800 pounds of meat at once.

  3. Sheri says:

    Back in the day when I lived in the Sierra Nevada Mts. we would sometimes hit a deer. One gal “Ray Lynn” was from Homer, Alaska and she knew how to live off the land pretty darn good, treadle sewing machine and all. She dresses out a deer fast and we would spend all night grinding deer meat into hamburger. I guess the pork equivalent would be sausage. Is there some way to make a lot of that pork into a hard sausage like a type of Landjäger sausage? Landjäger is a semi-dried sausage traditionally made in Southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Alsace. It is popular as a snack food during activities such as hiking, like Jerkey. It also has a history as soldier’s food because it keeps without refrigeration. Landjäger tastes similar to dried salami. As a meal, landjäger sausage can be boiled and served with potatoes and fresh greens.They do not require refrigeration as long as you keep them in a cool & dry spot. Hang on a hanger or just lay loose on a counter to age. They will age slower in the refrigerator. Never put in a plastic bag they will mold.

  4. Kathleen says:

    Oh how I wish you lived near me. We could work tandem and help each other. I am canning like crazy to clear space in my freezer. I don’t want to buy another freezer, with hydro prices being so high. I lucked in at the local second hand store, got 20 cases of canning jars for $5 per case. One litre wide mouth jars, oh happy dance. Sheri has a good idea, I have a wish list for a summer kitchen, smoke house and wood fired bread oven. Silly me I have 6 goats due in March, right when I will want to be starting my seedlings. I am rooting for you.

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