Canning Ground Pork: The Ultimate Guide

Are you tired of scrambling to find ingredients for last-minute meals? Look no further than home-canned ground pork. It’s a versatile ingredient that can be easily added to pasta sauces, tacos, stir-fried rice, casseroles, and more. Plus, the broth from the jar is perfect for soups. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of canning ground pork and provide you with all the essential details you need. So let’s dive in!

Quantities of Ground Pork Needed

As a rough guideline, plan to use approximately 500g (1 lb) of ground pork per half-liter (US pint) jar of canned ground pork. This estimation will help you determine how much ground pork you’ll need based on how many jars you want to can.

The Recipe

Jar Size Choices

  • Half-liter (1 US pint) OR 1-liter (1 US quart)

Processing Method

  • Pressure canning only

Yield

  • Varies

Headspace

  • 3 cm (1 inch)

Processing Pressure

  • 10 lbs (69 kPa) weighted gauge
  • 11 lbs (76 kPa) dial gauge

Note: Adjust the pressure if you’re above 300 meters (1000 feet) in altitude.

Processing Time

  • Half-liters (pints): 75 minutes
  • Liters (quarts): 90 minutes

Pro Tip: The processing guidelines provided here are for weighted-gauge pressure canners. If you’re using a dial-gauge pressure canner, be sure to check the specific instructions for dial-gauge pressures.

Do You Have to Use Liquid in the Jar?

You may have come across alternative methods that suggest packing ground meat without any liquid. However, it’s crucial to prioritize safety. The recommendations we provide involve using a liquid in the jar to ensure even heat distribution and guarantee the preservation of your canned ground pork. Don’t worry, draining the jar when you open it takes mere seconds. And the leftover liquid can be used as a free, fat-free, and salt-free pork stock for soups, stocks, gravies, and more. It’s a win-win!

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Additional Tips and Tricks

  • Browning the ground pork before canning prevents clumping and ensures an even texture upon opening the jar.
  • You can use a microwave to boil canning liquids, such as stock or tomato juice. Just exercise caution when handling heated liquids.
  • After opening the jar, any residual fat will float to the top, allowing you to easily skim it off. You can either discard it or store it as pure lard.

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Recipe Source

This recipe comes from the USDA Complete Guide (2015).

  • Ground or Chopped Meat. In: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Complete guide to home canning. Agriculture information bulletin No. 539. 2015. Page 5- 6.

Nutrition Information

Based on using extra-lean ground pork, here’s the nutritional breakdown:

  • Serving Size: 100g (3.5 oz), drained (approximately one-fifth of a half-liter/US pint jar, assuming 500g went into the jar)
  • 143 calories, 57mg sodium
  • Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 3 points

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  • Nutrition info provided by CalorieCount
  • PointsPlus™ calculated by healthycanning.com. Not endorsed by Weight Watchers® International, Inc, which is the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.

Conclusion

Canning ground pork opens up a world of culinary possibilities, providing you with a convenient and flavorful ingredient for countless meals. Whether you’re a pasta lover, a taco enthusiast, or a stir-fry connoisseur, having home-canned ground pork on hand will make your cooking adventures a breeze. Follow the step-by-step instructions and enjoy the convenience and deliciousness that homemade canned ground pork brings to your kitchen. For more information or to embark on your canning journey, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. Happy canning!