I'm hoping someone can offer some tips/advice/correction.
I'm trying to can meat in pint jars (commercially processed, store bought, ground beef 12% fat content, from Costco), and I keep having jars not seal or something. I'm following all the directions, step-by-step, on the Alaska Co-op Extension website, but I'm still having issues.
The first time I tried it, I browned (I'm doing the hot pack method) a pound of ground beef and filled a pint jar, then added boiling water. Then I installed a new lid and ring. I prepped the jar, lid, and ring, by washing in hot (almost too hot to touch) soapy water, rinse, and dry. (As stated on the website and on the package of new lids.) Went through the whole, 75 min canning process, in addition to the 10 mins of pushing steam out the petcock prior to starting the timer. Once the elapsed time passed and allowing for pressure relief and cool down...as soon as I opened the canner, I knew something wrong. I could smell cooked meat. Like at a BBQ. There was grease floating in the water, stuck to the outside of the jar, and the jar had no fluid in it. None. So I put the meat in spahetti sauce the next day and wrote it off. All I can think of is I didn't put the ring on tight enough.
I canned another 3 lbs of meat this morning, 1lb (uncooked weights) each in (3) pint jars. Same thing to a lesser extent. As soon as I opened the canner lide, I could smell (barely smell) cooked meat. A slight amount of oil floating in the water. All of the jars were clean on the outside. All of the jars were full of fluid. Two of the three jars seem okay, but a third jar had a puddle of water on top of the lid. The jar was full of fluid, but it just seemed like I don't know like water had pushed out between the lid seal and the ring and ended up on top of the lid. Neither of the other two jars have this. The fluid in all three is boiling right now, inside all three jars on the cooling rack.
Am I correct in assuming that the jar in question has a problem and needs to be reprocessed (with a new lid, of course)? What might I be doing wrong that is causing this? How can I be sure that I've done everything correctly?