It’s great to have this on your emergency shelf. That’s your ‘desperation, company is on the front porch and its lunchtime’ emergency shelf. This recipe gives a rich, flavorful broth for your meat, but you can just use water to make the amount of liquid needed. Check your canning book for a refresher before starting.
Home Canned Beef
10 Pounds Rump Roast, Trimmed -- cut 1/2" thick slices to fit jars or 1" cubes as desired
1/2 Cup Cognac -- or sherry (optional)
1/3 Cup Tomato Paste
32 Ounces Beef Drippings and Juices -- from baking beef (add water if necessary)
2 Cans Beef Consomme -- undiluted or additional water
- Brown the beef in the oven at 450° for 10 minutes, turn and brown 10 minutes longer on half sheet pans. In 2 quart measure, pour in meat juices, blend in tomato paste; stir in consomme and cognac, add water to make 48 ounces altogether. (If desired, you can use just 48 ounces of water and meat juices). Bring to a boil in microwave or heat in stockpot on stove.
- Wash jars; keep warm until filling, in dishwasher, hot water or oven. Prepare lids according to manufacturers instructions.
- Divide meat among hot jars, about 4 ounces each for half pints and 8 ounces for pints, leaving 1" headspace. Cover with hot broth mixture, leaving 1" headspace. Remove bubbles with plastic knife and wipe jar rim carefully with hot wipe before sealing. Cover with prepared lids and seal, place in pressure canner (with 3 quarts simmering water), exhaust steam 10 minutes, process in pints 1 hour and 15 minutes at 10#. Let pressure drop of own accord (30 minutes), open canner, remove jars to clean towel and let cool and seal, setting apart to allow air to circulate. Remove rings and wash jars carefully.
Equipment: Half sheet pan, stock pot or 2 quart measure for broth, chopping board, pressure canner, 13 x 9" pan with paper towel for jar filling, jars, lids and rings, funnel, lid magnet, jar lifter, plastic knife, clean towels, stock pot to keep jars warm if necessary.
BEFORE SERVING: Boil uncovered 10 minutes. Use for any recipe calling for cooked beef.
2010 cost: $1.43 per 8 ounce jar, if rump roast is on sale at $2.49.
Yield: 10# of rump roast yielded 6 3/4 pounds of meat after baking, with 1 quart of meat juices. This made about 22-24 half pint jars, or would make 11-12 pint jars.