Canning Meat For A Cause

Canning Meat For A Cause

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Here's what you do with a whole lot of of turkey thighs: you chop them into one-inch cubes; can them, and then place it into a steam pressure cooker. After they cook for a couple hours, the cans are put into a cool vat. Then they are removed and labeled on an assembly line.

That's what they were doing with 14,000 pounds of turkey thighs at the Maple Ridge Center in Lowville Thursday.

A group called the Mennonite Central Committee has a mobile canning service and it partnered with the center to can the turkey and then sent it off to those in need. Canned meat is an excellent source of protein for those who cannot access a stove to cook.

"It gets shipped all over the world. Ukraine, Syria, any place where it is needed," said Benjamin Fouse, Maple Ridge's MCC Committee.

All of the turkey and canning supplies were purchased by the center from Bird in Hand Farms, a meat broker in Pennsylvania.

"We buy the meat, we buy the cans, we buy the corrugate,"  said Fouse.

They are expected to wrap up canning the 14,000 pounds of turkey by Friday. Ten percent of the finished product - that's 1,400 pounds of canned turkey - will be kept by the center and then given to local food pantries and churches.

Once the meat is canned, it's sent to a shipping location in Pennsylvania and then the committee decides where to send the meat from there.

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