hat could be more invitingthan a warm bowl of beef orvenison stew on a cold winterday? Or perhaps your family prefersmouth-watering chicken pot pie,orfish chowder.These comfortingdishes are easily prepared fromhome-canned meat,wild game,poultry and fish.Beef,pork,lamb,poultry,fish and wildgame animals and birds can be safelycanned at home with good results —provided you start with properlyhandled meat,wild game,poultryand fish and carefully follow the pro-cessing guidelines in this booklet.
Start with highquality ingredients
It is important to know that meat,wild game,poultry and fish havebeen handled under sanitary condi-tions throughout processing.Careless handling can lead tospoilage through contamination withfood poisoning bacteria such as
.Sanitary facilities and equipmentplus quick chilling are essential tomaintaining meat quality and con-trolling growth of spoilage anddisease-causing bacteria.
C A N N I N G M E A T , G A M E , P O U L T R Y & F I S H S A F E L Y
For high qualitycannedmeat,wildgame,poultryandfish,startwithhighqualityingredients.If youbutcheranimals athomeor huntwild game,besureto follow safefood handlingguidelines.Or chooseacommercialmeatprocessing plantto dothejobfor you.Itis importantto know thatmeat,wildgame,poultryand fishhavebeensafelyhandled throughoutprocessing.Unsafehandling canlead to contami-nation withfood poisoning bacteriasuchas
.Fish and shellfish arethemostperish-ableof allrawfoods,and requirecarefulhandlingto maintainsafetyand quality.Fish and shellfishcanbesignificantsourcesof food poisoningbacteriasuchas
,and requirealonger processing timein apressurecannerthandootherfoods canned at home.