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Canned Venison
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 Posted: Thu Dec 9th, 2010 11:41 PM
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The past few years I have been canning my deer. Great stuff when you thicken the broth a bit and then serve it over potatoes (for you northern folks) or rice for you southerners.  I can it in pint jars with 1/2 tsp. beef bouillion flakes and 1/2 tsp. Lawry's. Season however you like, Tony's or whatever you prefer.

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mark, Can you either give us a few more particulars like temp and processing time, canner pressures etc. My mother made this all the time when I was a boy. Sure wish she was around to teach me how. RD



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  I'be been canning meat for many years, moose, caribou, venison ect..,



  I use to can in cans, but for quite a few years now, just jars, and these days pints.  (I do still can chicken in qts) I make the gravy and put it over both potatoes or rice, also sometimes use it with pasta.

  Most times i just can the meat, and add the spices after i open the jar, depending on what i want to use it for.

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very nice, guys -

here's a recipe i've had for a while, but ahve never tried. it looks really good and i might give it a go this year:

Smoky Canned Big Game Chunks



Use this meat to make quick stews, or shred and add to barbecue sauce for unusual sloppy joes.



· 3 or more pounds boneless big game steaks or other large cuts, 3/4 to 1-inch thick



Marinade (for each three pounds of meat):

· 1/2 cup soy sauce

· 1/4 cup vegetable oil

· 1 tsp. sugar

· 1 tsp. black pepper

· 3 cloves garlic, chopped

· 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce



*Optional - if you do not have a smoker, but still want your meat to have a smoked flavor, add liquid smoke to taste. A suggested place to start is 1 tablespoon.



Canning Broth (for each three pounds of meat):

· 1 cup venison stock or beef broth

· 1/4 cup vinegar

· 1 tsp. sugar



Place meat in a single layer in large, glass baking dish. In food processor or blender, combine all marinade ingredients; process until smooth. Pour half the marinade over meat. Turn meat over and cover with remaining marinade. Place plastic wrap directly on surface of meat. Refrigerate at least 3 hours.



If you do not have a smoker or prefer meat to be unsmoked, skip the smoking procedure and proceed to the canning procedure.



Smoking:



Prepare hot smoker and soak your favorite wood chips. Hickory, mesquite, cherry, alder, apple or maple are typically used. Fill water pan of smoker about 2/3 full with water.



Drain meat, reserving marinade. Place meat on top and bottom racks of hot smoker. Top meat with thinly-sliced onion, if desired. Smoke meat until meat is medium doneness, usually 2 to 3 hours, basting meat once with marinade and reversing position of the racks. Remove meat from smoker; cool slightly.



Canning:



In medium saucepan, combine all canning broth ingredients. Heat to boiling. Remove from heat; set aside. Cut meat into 1 to 1-1/2-inch chunks.



Wash pint jars, bands and lids in hot, soapy water. Rinse well. Place jars and bands in sink filled with hot, clear water. Place lids in saucepan. Cover with hot water. Heat to barely simmering over low heat.



If you skipped the smoking procedure, cut marinated meat into 1 to 1-1/2-inch chunks and cook to rare; pack while still hot. Smoked chunks can be packed warm into jars. Whether smoked or unsmoked, leave a one-inch space at top.



Add boiling broth, leaving 1-inch space at top. Wipe rims with clean cloth.



Place warm lids and bands on jars. Tighten firmly, but lightly. Place sealed jars on trivet in pressure cooker. Follow pressure cooker manufacturer’s directions for number of jars and amount of water to add to cooker. Heat until 10 pounds of pressure is reached, then begin timing. Process for 1-1/4 hours (75 minutes) at 10 pounds pressure.



Allow pressure to drop naturally. When pressure has dropped completely, remove jars with tongs. Place in a draft-free place for 12 hours. Check seals according to lid manufacturer’s directions. Refrigerate any jars that have not sealed properly; use within 3 days. Store sealed jars in a dark, cool place; use within one year.



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Rockydog wrote: mark, Can you either give us a few more particulars like temp and processing time, canner pressures etc. My mother made this all the time when I was a boy. Sure wish she was around to teach me how. RD
The post above this one tells the procedure exactly as I do it. Probably the only difference is due to altitude. I am at 2000' ASL so I use 15# of pressure for 75 minutes when canning in pint jars. Don't be intimidated about the procedure, just pay attention to each step of the processing and you will have no problems. It takes time but it is more than worth the effort. If you have any specific questions let me know and I will try to help. Mark



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I am at 1000 ft altitude and have used 10 psi for 90 minutes with good success.My plan this year is to can any leftover venison from the years past.If my buck is tough he will get done also.Got 16 days of doe huntin coming up.Hopefully,meat in the freezer.



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Our old family recipe for canned deer actually got started with Mom's Aunt Laura who raised her. She canned pork, chicken and beef the following way, and we have ever since:

Lightly season meat. Dredge in flour, and sear in hot oil. Pack tightly in jars, add a couple of tbls of pan drippings.
15PSI for 75 minutes in pint jars.
When ready to eat, empty jar into pan and add about 1 jarful of water; bring to a simmer. This will make its own gravy. Serve over noodles, bread, mashed potatoes, rice or whatever.



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TasunkaWitko wrote:
Smoky Canned Big Game Chunks....

Alrighty, I started making this tonight, pretty much according to the instructions above. I am without a camera right now, so I'll try to be descriptive.

I am going with the option of not using a smoker, partly because of the weather and partly because I'm trying to fit a lot of personal and family projects into this weekend. I did however, use a tablespoon (1 teaspoon per pound) of Wright's Liquid Smoke:

http://www.amazon.com/Wrights-Liquid-Smoke-Hickory-Fl-oz/dp/B00K02M86M/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

I have the applewood variety, and like it a lot; but to be honest, the original hickory is always a great go-to choice, and is highly recommended. I am hoping that a teaspoon per pound isn't too much, but considering the amount of meat and the liquid that will be added, it shouldn't be. I use a similar ratio for my jerky and it turns out fine.

As I said before, I made the marinade according to the recipe; the only departures were in using brown sugar rather that white sugar, and using four garlic cloves, since the ones I had were a little below-average in size. Come to think of it, I also used olive oil, rather than vegetable oil, because that's what I had at hand. I guess I didn't follow the recipe as thoroughly as I thought, but that's okay.

I used a wand blender to ensure a thorough mix of the marinade ingredients, then I cut three 1-pound venison roasts into several steaks approximately 3/4-inch-thick and put them in a large Zip-Lock style bag. I then poured all of the marinade over the venison, using a rubber spatula to scrape the side of the container. After pressing out all excess air and sealing the bag, I massaged it gently in order to work the marinade throughout the venison and put it in the refrigerator for the night. I will turn and massage the bag periodically.

Tomorrow, in the spirit of the recipe, I will gently heat the steaks on a rack in the oven at 225 degrees for two or three hours, as I would if using a smoker. I will baste the venison as described, and will also follow the optional suggestion of topping the steaks with thinly-sliced onion. Meanwhile, I'll prepare the canning broth. I don't have any venison or beef stock on hand, and was going to use chicken stock, which would be fine, as the venison will make some of its own juice, too. However, it just occurred to me that I have some home-made demi glace made from reduced Hungarian partridge stock, so I might reconstitute it into the required 1 cup and use that, instead.

One the canning broth is prepared, I'll cut the steaks into chunks and pack the venison into three 1-pint jars and process it in my 6-quart pressure cooker at 15 pounds (the adjustment for my elevation) for 75 minutes. It would probably be more "proper" to use a pressure canner, rather than a pressure cooker, but I don't have one yet. Using the pressure cooker worked just fine for me, and the canned venison was very good, even after over a year had passed, so I have no qualms about using it for this until I get a pressure canner. If you want to try this and only have a pressure cooker, you can make your own decisions.

One note from the last time I did this: I didn't know how much water to add to the pressure cooker, but the instructions said not to fill it past 2/3 full, so I filled it to just under 2/3 full, and this seemed to work fine. Barring any contrary advice from someone who actually knows what s/he is doing, I'll do the same tomorrow, as well.

That's all for now; more as it happens etc. &c....



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This morning, I pre-heated my oven to 250 degrees removed the venison from the marinade and arranged the steaks on two racks sitting over cookie sheets. I then sliced a small onion as thinly as I could and arranged the slices over the venison steaks. After that, it was into the oven.

There is a little bit of marinade left, so I'll brush that on the venison after 1 hour. After that, I'll check the steaks every 30 minutes until they seem done. The instructions are a little vague regarding this; in a hot smoker" (smoke-cooker), they should cook for "2 to 3 hours." If not smoking and cooking them on the stove-top, they should be cooked "to rare." This leaves a lot of room for interpretation, so I'll take it a step at a time.

Once the venison is "done," I'll prepare the canning broth as described above, then proceed with the canning process.

Note: The 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke seems to have worked quite well for the 3 pounds of venison. Anyone using this option should be on fairly solid ground doing it this way. The real test will be in the final product, but so far, so good.



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The jars of venison are currently in the pressure cooker, which seems to be functioning within normal parametres. I kept the steaks in the 225-degree oven for a little over 2 hours; this seemed to bring them to a little over medium, so perhaps 1.5 hours would work better. I will experiment with this in the future.

In any case, after shutting off the oven, I washed and sterilised my jars and prepared the canning broth while the venison cooled slightly. For the canning broth, I used brown sugar, apple cider vinegar and Hungarian partridge stock. While the canning broth heated up, I cut the venison into cubes.

Note: At the beginning of preparation, it might work better to cut the roasts into 1-inch steaks, rather than 3/4-inch, in order to get chunks and cubes that are more uniform.

Once the steaks were cut into chunks, I packed them evenly into the three 1-pint jars, getting the same amount into each jar. I also put the thinly-sliced pieces of onion into the jars, as well. By this time, the canning broth was coming to a boil, so I poured it evenly into each of the three jars, once again getting the same amount into each jar. There didn't seem to be enough canning broth to fill the jars, so depending on how this turns out, I might double the amount of canning broth next time. My thinking is that it's better to have too much than not enough, but we'll see how things go.

Once that was done, I put the lids on the jars and got the pressure cooker going, which brings me to where I am now. The processing time is 75 minutes at 15 pounds (for my altitude).

More later....



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