Re: Canning Experts, Help.
The reason you cook it first is really simple. The canning process cooks the meat. Ground meat tastes better if it is browned.
Suppose you were making chili or spaghetti. Would you put raw hamburger in it, or brown it first? Putting raw burger in there would be safe. It's going to sit in the hot liquid and cook. But it will not have the right flavor.
So, if you put raw ground meat in a jar and pressure can it, it's like boiling it. It's cooked, but the flavor is wrong.
I can hamburger, but I brown it first.
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