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									Canning Meat, Wild Game, Poultry and Fish Safely

• Canning Meat, Wild Game, Poultry and Fish Safely (B3345) • Wisconsin’s Wild Game: Enjoying the Harvest (B3573)

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Safe Processing of Meats
Using a pressure canner
– Added pressure (10-15 psig) – High temperatures (240°-250°F)  Botulinum spores are destroyed

Botulinum toxin production
• Vegetative cells sporulate • Vegetative cells are destroyed by heat; spores remain • Spores germinate under conditions of no oxygen, pH>4.6 and warm temperatures • Toxin is produced on sporulation

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Start with High Quality Ingredients
• Choose or harvest appropriate species for canning • Handle meat, wild game, poultry and fish to avoid spoilage • Can fresh meat for highest quality

Venison Precautions
• Do not handle or consume the meat or other tissue from any deer or elk exhibiting signs of CWD

• Wear gloves • Minimize contact with brain and spinal tissue • Separate equipment to avoid cross contamination • Process meat into boneless cuts • Carefully dispose of brain and spinal tissue

Safe Handling of Venison

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Pressure Canning Checklist:
• Check gauges, vent ports, gaskets • Check canning jars • Preheat jars and pre-treat lids • Follow instructions EXACTLY for jar size, pack, and fill

Preparing Meat and Fish for Canning
• Trim meat or game of fat, bruises and heavy gristle • Remove skin from poultry • Remove bones from red meat and larger bones from poultry • Clean, skin and fillet fish

Packing Jars with Meat or Fish
• Frozen meat or fish must be thawed before canning • Hot pack is recommended for most meats • Raw pack is appropriate only for larger pieces of meat or fatty fish

Processing in a Pressure Canner
• • • • • Place filled jars on a rack in 2-3 inches of simmering water Fasten canner lid and vent 10 min. Adjust pressure for elevation Start counting time once pressure is reached When time is up, allow pressure to drop on its own

After Processing
• Remove jars from canner and allow to cool • Do NOT tighten screw bands • Check seals of cooled jars • Label, date and store

More Hints for Canning Meat and Fish

• Carefully select meat broth or stock • Do not thicken • Do not adapt jar sizes • Canning mixtures • Adjust for altitude

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