On Tuesday, I was the lucky recipient of a case of frozen rotisserie chickens. They came in a large plastic bag inside a huge box, waiting to be thawed and put to good use. Without freezer space, I've had to get creative with any fresh meat we have, and I have learned to can things I would never before have considered. It has been a wonderful learning experience, and the convenience of canned meat is extraordinary!
|Two pots full of chicken|
|A very large enamel baby bathtub full of chicken!|
|Straining the broth|
|Master Hand Grenade chopping Vegetables|
|Mixing the Roux to thicken the broth|
After I was finished with my HUGE pot of Chow Mein, I still had a lot of meat and broth left over. Since I already had my canning equipment out, I decided to can some cut up chicken meat and some broth with chicken pieces to be turned into chicken noodle soup later. I filled pint jars with chopped up chicken (to be used for chicken salad, chicken pot pie - any number of things) added salt and filled the jars with boiling water. The rest of the broth was strained and poured into quart jars with a couple of inches of chicken tossed into the bottom for chicken soup.
All in all, we ended up with 19 quarts of Chicken Chow Mein, 6 pints of canned chicken and 5 quarts of chicken broth with chicken pieces.
I am so grateful to be able to fill our pantry in times of plenty in preparation for times of want. My God provides.
|A good days work|