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Ask Tess: How many pounds of meat per pint jar?

Hi Tess,

How many pounds of chicken to can 10 pints in pressure canner?


A Reader


Typically, when I can chicken, I assume that I will be canning about 1 pound of chicken per pint jar. So, for 10 1-pint jars, you will need around 10 lbs. of chicken meat. As a rule of thumb, one pint jar holds about 2 cups or so of raw chicken which is a perfect amount to use for a meal.

Below are some basic directions for canning boneless meat in a pressure cooker:

CUT-UP MEAT (strips, cubes, or chunks) Bear, Beef, Pork, Poultry, Lamb, Veal, and Venison

Remove excess fat. Soak strong-flavored wild meats for 1 hour in brine water containing 1 tablespoon of salt per quart of water. Rinse. Remove large bones and cut into desired pieces.

Raw Pack—Fill sterilized jars with raw meat pieces, leaving 1-inch headspace.  Add 1 teaspoon of salt per quart jar. DO NOT ADD LIQUID. Adjust jar lids.

Hot Pack—Precook meat until rare by broiling, boiling, or frying. Pack hot meat loosely in clean, sterilized Mason jars, leaving 1-inch headspace. Cover meat with boiling broth, water, or tomato juice (especially with wild game) leaving 1-inch headspace. If preferred, add 1 teaspoon of salt per quart jar. Adjust jar lids.

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