Canning: Turkey Meat
- Complexity: easy
Simple instructions for canning either your leftover turkey, or for canning raw turkey.
Step by Step Directions
PREPARATION: Prepare your pint or quart size jars by sterilizing them in boiling water for 10 minutes.
Remove the meat from the bone and set aside in a bowl. Take your time and make sure you that you remove most of the big pieces of the turkey from the bone. You can use both the white and dark meat in your jars.
FILLING: Fill your jars with the pieces, packing them down lightly and leaving 1 1/4 " headspace. You can add some salt, but it’s not necessary, 1/4 t. per pint.
You will add your turkey or chicken broth, or water and fill to cover the turkey to 1" headspace. Using a plastic spatula or non-metallic knife remove air bubbles and refill to 1" headspace if necessary. With a paper towel that has white vinegar on it wipe the rims of the jars to remove any debris or fat that would affect the seal. Add warm lids and rings and place jars into pressure canner.
PROCESSING: Make sure your canning water has come to a simmer and place the jars in the pressure canner. Lock the lid and turn up the heat bring the canner to a boil. Vent steam for 10 minutes and then close the vent by adding the weighted gauge or pressure regulator (for dial gauge canner). Process pints for 75 minutes at 10 lbs of pressure (11 lbs for dial gauge canner) or 90 minutes for quarts. When complete turn off the heat and let pressure return to zero naturally. If you have a lid lock you will want to wait till the lock drops. Wait two minutes longer and remove the weighted gauge or pressure regulator. Remove canner lid. Wait 10 minutes then remove jars and place on dishtowel in a place that they will sit overnight to cool. Do not touch or move them till the next morning.
SEALING: At some time in the next hour your jars will be making a "pinging" or "popping" noise. That is the glass cooling and the reaction of the lids being sucked into the jar for proper sealing. Some recipes may take overnight to seal. Check your lids and reprocess any jars that did not seal. Remove rings for storage.