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I was wondering about making my own dog food as I have a pressure canner but can find NOTHING on the web about canning butcher off cuts like heads, gutty bits, and feet.

Do any of you lovely people know if I can pressure can the bits of rabbit (and chickens and pigs and goats) that we don't eat?

And if so, what procedure should I follow?
 

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I recommend... hot pack to conserve jar space, ,, then process at [10 lbs in Florida] for 90 minutes... if the pieces will fit into a canning jar, they are just fine for this method. If you choose to cold pack [uncooked meat and bone] process at 10 lbs for 120 minutes... most of the bone will be soft enough for a dog to chew up at that point. If I was processing larger chunks of bone - I would process at 15 lbs, to make the bones break down more [softer] ,
My normal process was... toss everything into a pressure cooker, bring up to 10 lbs, for 30 minutes, let it cool enough to handle, -pack into canning jars, - process at 10 lbs [or 15 lbs] for 90 minutes. -- if i was making bone broth, I would pressure cook the bones for about 3 hours at 15 lbs, then after it cooled down I could feed the bones to chickens or dogs, I then processed the broth in bottles for 60 minutes at 15 lbs.
 

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And this is why I LOVE RT!!! No matter how odd my question, someone is already doing it! :lol:

Thank you very much M4G, that is exactly what I needed to know. :D

One more question, can I pressure can with the fur/feathers still on?
 

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GBov":2dfrg58n said:
One more question, can I pressure can with the fur/feathers still on?

Can you WHAT!!!! :p lol (I don't think I would)

I cold pack the meat, add hot stock (chicken bouillon, thyme, onion and canning salt) and process 90 minutes @ 15 psi. Hasn't killed me yet. ;)
 

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Have I not made it clear this is for dog food? :lol: :lol: :lol:

I feed heads, feet, guts raw to them but when I butcher several things there is just too much for the dogs and the vultures get lots of it.

Nice for the vultures but not so much for me. And I don't want to give freezer space to the bits either.

So I imagined raw packing it into jars and pressure canning it, fur and feathers on but the web is giving me no info. I wonder why?
 

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I love it, GBov! :D

You ask the most interesting questions. Sorry I have no answer for you this time.
 

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MaggieJ":2ilg58ca said:
I love it, GBov! :D

You ask the most interesting questions. Sorry I have no answer for you this time.

My questions about sum up my life! :lol: :lol: :lol:

I can honestly say, google searches turn up things I never expect when I try looking things up. :shock:
 

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The only problems with fur, and feathers is ...sometimes [not that often] it gets into the seal on the jar lid and the seal leaks-- so-- if you turn the pressure caner off when the time is up,leave the weight on, then just let it cool down slowly, the "siphon" will be less, and very few jars will have liquid bubbling out under the seal..
 

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michaels4gardens":wvixrefb said:
The only problems with fur, and feathers is ...sometimes [not that often] it gets into the seal on the jar lid and the seal leaks-- so-- if you turn the pressure caner off when the time is up,leave the weight on, then just let it cool down slowly, the "siphon" will be less, and very few jars will have liquid bubbling out under the seal..

Lovely dovely, that is what I will do! :D

Rabbit talk wins again, no one else on any forum even came close to a proper answer.
 

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GBov, you need to post a picture of your gruesome pantry full of animal heads floating in broth. :twisted:
 

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MamaSheepdog":214fawyb said:
GBov, you need to post a picture of your gruesome pantry full of animal heads floating in broth. :twisted:

I told my mum that THOSE jars would be the hidden jars! :lol:

The first available chick order is for middle of next month so I might just go down to the local farm swap and get some cheap rabbits instead. I can quarter the heads and see how canning them goes.

If anyone had given me a sneak peek at my life script a few decades ago, I never would have believed it! :shock:
 

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GBov":2npas6cr said:
MamaSheepdog":2npas6cr said:
GBov, you need to post a picture of your gruesome pantry full of animal heads floating in broth. :twisted:

I told my mum that THOSE jars would be the hidden jars! :lol:

The first available chick order is for middle of next month so I might just go down to the local farm swap and get some cheap rabbits instead. I can quarter the heads and see how canning them goes.

If anyone had given me a sneak peek at my life script a few decades ago, I never would have believed it! :shock:

And they're REALLY cheap in our area right now. If you're still in Marion County there's a couple small animal auctions (http://floridaclassicsales.com/Small_Li ... ction.html in Ocala and https://www.yellowpages.com/bushnell-fl ... e-28924217 in Bushnell) and typically you can get adult rabbits cheap at them.

I could also sell you a few of mine cheap too honestly. I fractured my 5th Metatarsal and it's not healing properly so I have been selling rabbits cheaper than I'd like. I have a few young fryer-aged standard rex left but they're missing toes from a duck attack right after they were just born so I've been hesitant to post them for sale anywhere. I was going to wait until winter for their pelts. No pressure though if that's not what you're looking for.
 

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You intrest me greatly DH! PM me with prices and a huge THANK YOU for the auction details, I will check it out.

And OUCH to your broken bone! How did you manage to do that?
 
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