You don’t need to be an economist to know that the price of beef is way up. From October 2020 to October 2021, we saw a 20.1 % rise in the price of beef. The future of beef is concerning.
The industry is under attack by a number of powerful forces. Not the least of which is a dwindling force of ranchers to raise enough cattle to meet the growing demand.
Beef could be a special treat in the future. Unless of course you know someone, who has cattle, or you have cattle of your own.
Despite the issues with cattle farming there are also larger hands at play when it comes to your burger. The powerful people of the World Economic Forum have some thoughts on the future of beef as well.
Can Beef Now To Freeze The Price
You didn’t need the lesson on the beef industry to understand that the price is going up.
Canning traditional Amish hamburgers is a great way to put beef up for the long term and lock in the price today. These burgers are delicious, and you actually get a two-for-one with them.
Not only will you have these delicious burgers that you can heat up and eat just by popping the can and chowing down. You will also get the liquid that these burgers are canned in.
I recommend beef broth for the canning process. This broth becomes robust and flavorful during the canning process. You can eat the meat and use the broth.
Traditional Amish Burger Recipe
This burger recipe is very straightforward and uses quick oats to stretch the meat even further. Season the burgers well and you will have success with these.
- 2 lb. ground beef (85 – 90% lean)
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1/3 c. quick oats
- 1 tsp. garlic salt (or use 1 tsp. table salt and 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 – 3/4 tsp. black pepper
1. Place the beef, oats, and seasonings into a large bowl.
2. Crack your egg into the mix. As the cost of eggs is also rising, discover an ingenious technique here to preserve eggs for more than two decades.
3. Mix all these ingredients together, thoroughly.
4. Form them into 1-inch patties and lay them out on a baking sheet.
5. Bake the hamburgers for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.
Canning The Burgers
To can these burgers properly you will need to pressure can them. Ground beef is not supposed to be dry canned so be sure you get yourself some beef broth, water, or stock.
Also, make sure your mason jars are clean and sanitized before the canning process.
While the hamburgers still warm stack them into your canning jars. Each jar should hold between 4-5 burgers. Fill the jars with water or beef broth. Leave about an inch and half of head space.
Don’t forget to press on the burgers with a spoon to get out any access air bubbles. Then wipe the rims of your jars before putting the lids on.
Start your canner with about 2 inches of water in the bottom. Place in on a medium high heat. Once the water comes to a boil you can add your burgers and seal up the lid.
Soon you will see the pressure steam rising from your valve. Then you can place your weight on it. Finally, the overpressure plug will pop up and then you will start to see your pressure rising on the gauge.
To can these burgers properly you will need to adjust the stove top to achieve 10lbs of pressure. Can under 10lbs of pressure for 90 minutes. If you are over 1000ft above sea level, then you will need to use 15llbs of pressure.
Let these jars cool on the counter overnight.
To enjoy your beef at its best quality you are going to look at a shelf life of between 3-5 years. The burgers will be edible beyond that time but they will not be at their peak quality. Meat tends to get grainy, and the texture suffers.
Related: How To Make Amish Dried Beef
That said, imagine what the price of beef will be 3 years from now!
Serving The Burgers
These traditional Amish burgers are ready to eat as soon as they come out of the jar. They can be used for lots of different preparations. I will tell you my top 3.
Since these burgers are stored at room temperature you can fire up the grill, get it nice and hot and just mark these burgers for under a minute on each side.
They will get some of that good grilled flavor and heat up in a couple minutes. Then its onto the bun with your favorite fixins.
Hamburger Steak With Onions
Sauté some chopped onions in a pan. Then dump your burgers and broth into the pan once the onions are soft.
Warm your Amish hamburgers up in the onion beef broth and then thicken it when it comes to a simmer. You can use cornstarch or arrowroot for this.
Warm your burgers up by simmering them in a little of their gravy. Make or purchase some sweet tomato meatloaf topping.
Top each burger with some of the topping and put the pan into a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Serve these mini meatloaves with some roasted potatoes or root vegetables.
Pressure canning is easily a top 10 skill that you need as a prepper. It gives you the ability to put entire meals up on the shelf for years at a time. Pressure canning gives you the ability to can foods that are not acidic and this gives you all kinds of options.
The process is quick and easy. After you follow the steps through one time, there is a good chance you will be canning hamburgers all the time.
Canning traditional Amish hamburgers is a great way to store nutrient dense beef and also put a quick meal option on the shelf for hard times. That could be the end of the world as we know it or a rough Monday.
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