This is the time of year to plan for canning turkey. They are often on sale, and I frequently can the turkey day leftovers, and put another sale turkey or two in the freezer to roast and can another day, usually after the holidays, when things aren't so busy.
The day after roasting a turkey, I can both the cooked turkey and broth. If I don’t feel that I have enough time, I make and can the broth on the next day. You MUST use a pressure canner that will can at 10# pressure, not a boiling water bath or small pressure cooker.
Pack the turkey (cut into pieces that fit) into hot, clean jars, about 3 1/2-4 ounces per half pint jar or 7-8 ounces per pint. Leaving 1” headspace, fill the jars with hot broth or water; remove any bubbles with a plastic picnic-type knife or a long bamboo skewer or chopstick. Wipe the rims or the jar carefully, top with a lid that has simmered in hot water 5 minutes, and add the ring, closing firmly but not with excessive force. Place the jars in the pressure canner on the rack, which is heating with about 3 quarts of hot water in the bottom. Your canner may require more or less water; read the directions. When I have a canner load, I put on the lid, let the steam exhaust in a steady stream 10 minutes, put on the weight, and process 1 hour and 15 minutes at 10 pounds pressure for pints and half pints at 1000' elevation.
You may need different pressure and time depending on your altitude.
Let the canner return to zero on its own, which takes about 30 minutes for mine. Let it set another 5 minutes, remove the lid, facing away from you so you don’t get burned with steam, and remove your jars with a jar lifter to a folded towel or cloth. It is convenient to place the cloth on a large tray or half sheet baking pan, so you can move it if needed without disturbing the jars. Space your jars apart so air can circulate around them. Let them sit, undisturbed, until cool. Check to see that they are sealed, remove rings, and wash jars.
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This certainly varies, but should put you in the ballpark. I most often can turkey and meat in half-pints, just enough for us.
You should read your canner instruction book carefully if you haven’t had any experience canning with it, and perhaps can a load of sealed jars containing just water for practice. You should also consider purchasing a current Ball Blue Book and spend some time reading it.
If you have plain broth to can, process the hot broth in hot jars, with 1” headspace for 20 minutes for pints at 10# pressure.
I have paid 4 times as much for a cup of chicken or turkey in cans from Costco. A 12 oz. can yielded only 6 ounces of cooked meat, the rest was broth. This turkey, canned, cost me 30¢ per cup or 4 oz. of meat.
Try some of our recipes for using your canned turkey or chicken HERE.