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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Preserving Ham: Part 1

Right before Christmas we purchased 2 ham shanks on sale for $.99/lb.

(The other ham shank was a little smaller.)

I cut some of it up in chunks ...

... and filled 7 quart jars for canning.

(I processed it for 90 minutes at 10 lbs of pressure, check a reputable canning book for the correct pressure for your altitude.)

Here they are fresh out of the canner!
(All 7 jars sealed!)

These will be used in soups, casseroles, ham salad, stews, etc.

There was still ham left after this canning and tomorrow in part 2, I'll share what I did with the rest of it ... including the bones and scrap pieces!


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  1. How long did you can the meat for and how many pounds of pressure? I had no idea you could can ham in jars.

    1. Tammy, I processed it for 90 minutes at 10 lbs of pressure. You would need to check a reputable canning book for the correct pressure for your altitude.

    2. Thank you Patsy I'm below a 1000 ft. altitude.. Thank you very much

  2. I just had a slice of ham from my freezer for brunch this morning! I always love picking up some extra when it goes on sale, slicing it so that I can just take out what I need for meals here or there. Always yummy!

    1. Unknown, it's so handy to have on hand, isn't it!

  3. Great way to save food that can used so many ways.I must say I'm surprised at the prices people all over ard paying. KI bought 2 ham's at .48 a pounds. I cooked and cut them up in many sizes what what dish they were ear marked for, I feel I have no waste then I do not own a pressure canner but would love one, some day.

    1. tealady, I much prefer your price over mine! Sounds like you made wise and prudent choices in preserving your hams, aren't we blessed to have more than one way to preserve our foods?