Potting meat?

Discussion in 'Recipes' started by VHestin, Jan 21, 2017.


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  1. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

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    On Edwardian Farm episode 8, they 'pot' some shrimp to preserve it, and I had never heard of potting meat that I recall as a method of food preservation. Tried to do a search for more information, but this was all I found: Masterclass – potting meat and fish with James Mackenzie and I was wondering if anyone here had potted meat to preserve it, and give me some pointers.
     
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  2. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    JAS townsend just did a video the other day on it.
     
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  3. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

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  4. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor Site Supporter+

    You can can most any meat, fish, or veggie. Some specific items defy the canning process as they change consistency and or color in the process. Milk products are an example of this, most of the results are edible regardless. I have no doubt the USDA frowns on certain preservation processes for the safety of the dumbmasses. In certain things (cooking and food preservation) errors in sanitation and or following established guidelines can and do produce foods that can make you sick or kill you.
     
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  5. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    Jas Townsend has good stuff, a friend told me about them, I've got quite a few of their YouTube videos :)
     
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  6. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu RIP 4/19/2018

    You used to be able to buy potted meat, ironically, in a can! I liked it, flat, tasteless stuff that it is/was! People think I'm a bit off anyway! o_O
     
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  7. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    As a kid mom and grand mom always canned meat and chicken. Always pressure cooked and in chunks, not ground, and was used in stews, soups, and for lunch meats. Very good and the whole family survived, so I guess it wasn't to unhealthy. Often done at butchering time with either the tougher cuts of meat, old hens, scraps that somehow escaped the sausage process etc. Often canned in the boilings from the bones and designed to be used to stretch out with beans for chili, or veg's for stews, or tomatoes for pasta's. I don't know how they did it, quit doing it when we got electricity in 1947, but we had open crocks of salt pork and beef in the basement that were not canned, big 30 or so gal crocks that he cured the hams and bacon in, and crocks of meat that were preserved somehow with lard. We also had a 10 by 12 brick smokehouse with hams, sausages, fish, jerky, etc hanging in it and dad packed snow around it and covered the snow with leaves to keep it cold for a few more weeks in the spring. A whole way of life using a couple thousand years of trial and error was available in rural Minn in 1945, by 1950 it was all gone. Freezers, store bought food, no longer used horses or saved seeds to plant, everything changed and very little of it was ever written down.

    chelloveck, sounds very similar to head cheese that was made from the meat trimmed from the head of a pig or cow and boiled to get the gelatin to make a jello like meat in a pan, good with crackers, whole wheat bread, over oat meal etc, and everything in it would have thrown away if not used in it. Poor man's food, but being poor, I loved it as a kid.
     
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  8. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu RIP 4/19/2018

    ^^^^^ This kind of experience is invaluable, and duane is right it's gone! My grandparents still lived this way into the '60's, my folks through the '50's. I sure do wish I remembered more of it! One thing I'll add, this was surely poor mans food, but it was farm raised, fresh and prepared with both love and expertise, and tasted delicious!
     
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  9. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Some give the same fare a fancy French name, like Recette de Terrine de foies de volaille or pâtés de foie gras and serve it up as rich man's food. ;)
     
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  10. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++ Site Supporter++

    I buy it at Walmart all the time. Cost wise, there is no off the shelf meat with more value. Both protein and fat. I love the stuff.
     
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  11. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    Done with Edwardian Farm, now I'm on Wartime Farm(WW2), and they talk about how after WW1, agriculture in Britain declined, then Nazi naval blockades made it imperative for farmers to DOUBLE their output, because 60% of their food was imported. Then after WW2, people forgot again, and that's what happens, self-sufficiency goes out the window...
     
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  12. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    Those BBC shows are neat. You watched the PBS Texas Ranch House or Frontier House, or any of the like?
     
  13. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    Never heard of them, will check them out on youtube, next time I'm on library wifi
     
  14. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    We marathoned the BBC shows a few years ago. Interesting to watch the Redhead's kids show up, and slowly get okay with what she does as the shows progress.
     
  15. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    I'm liking the matter of fact way the Wartime Farm was done. No propaganda one way or another about the war, just showing how it was for farmers back then. So refreshing to not have things skewed..I like having the truth speak for itself.
     
  16. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu RIP 4/19/2018

    Too true, people will always take the easiest course! That and gigantic agricultural monopolies are going to cost us dearly soon! We have an urban yard and grow what we can. We get a pretty good yield. Everyone should grow as much of their own food as they can.
     
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  17. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu RIP 4/19/2018

    Thanks, for the turn on about Wartime Farm, Farm Chick! I was unaware of its existence! Very interesting!
     
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  18. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    One of the surprising things for me was HOW much production in America was done with horses and oxen, both in the planting and the hauling in WW2!
     
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  19. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    That's what I'm taking away from Wartime Farm, whenever you give up your self-sufficiency, what you're really giving up is your sovereignty, and it's gonna come back to bite you, no question about it.
     
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  20. Ganado

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    aren;t 'deviled ham' and 'spam' both considered potted meat?
     
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