You're way ahead of me on the canning. I still need a jar lifter and a couple spare pressure valves, plus the ingredients.Best of luck in the woods (I'm assuming Bambi is the deer you're hoping to get this year!)
I'll have to do a test run, the open fire was just a thought for SHTF.If my husband brought home a deer I would be the happiest preppermama ever! I love venison and make a mean stew with it. A lot of people complain about it being 'gamey' but I love it. I'll even eat the heart.
Pressure canning is definitely a good hobby for a prepper. I love the All American I got this summer. Something I've been thinking about doing is putting together a little post about how to can wild game and foraged foods. You don't see instructions for those types of foods in the standard canning books. During rough times, knowing how to safely can squirrel meat could save your life. LOL. Yumm!
As far as cooking over an open fire, temperature regulation is going to be the main concern. If things get too hot your canner could explode. If your temp dips below the minimum pressure even for a minute, you have to reprocess the whole batch. Make sure you have a safe way to move the canner higher or lower over the fire, or to remove it completely.
It may be wise to do a couple test runs with some water filled jars, just to make sure you're gonna be able to get the temp high enough for whatever you're processing and maintain that temp. That way you're not wasting food if the temp doesnt work out the first couple tries.
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