Choosing The Best Pressure Canner

August 16, 2015 Tobit Preserving Advice

Pressure Canners – A Necessary Item For Canning

A pressure canner is going to be one of the best tools that you can add into your kitchen. With the pressure canner you will have a chance to make food faster, but you will also have a chance to can all of your harvest from the garden. With all of the different canners on the market, though, you will find it is hard to find the best one available. Since that is the case, we are going to talk about a couple of the models that are on the market, including the exact model that we use at Sacred Mountain Farms.

Considerations To Make In A Pressure Canner

Normally, I would not talk about this, but when you are buying a pressure canner you need to take several factors into consideration. We are going to break these factors down for you, but it is going to be a major consideration that you will want to take into account. These are going to be easy for you to figure out why they are important to consider, but also need to be something you should consider.

Stove types are going to be a major consideration. While most of the time people think they can use any skillet, pot, or in this case canner on their stove top, they need to realize this is not the case. In fact with some of the canners they can damage the smooth top cooking surfaces because of the type of metal on the bottom of the can.

Ways the lids are going to be secured to the canner is something else you will want to consider. With the canners some of them will have the screw down lids, which is going to be a nice feature, but it can make the screws hotter than what you expect when you go to unscrew them. The other style is the ones where you put the lid on and they are going to slide it in one direction to have it locked in by metal clips on the inside of the canner and lid.

Size of the canner is something else that you need to consider. With the smaller canners, they do require less water and will reach pressure faster, but it means you will have to do more work as you are going to do the jars in smaller batches as well. So it will take you a longer time to complete the work, but if you are doing only a little amount of canning this may work out best for you.

Canners Reviewed

We told you that we would talk about some of the canner brands and we did not forget that. The first canner that we are going to cover is the one that we use at the farm, which will make it easier for you to know in our blog posts about canning as to which type of canner we are referring to.

Presto 01781 Pressure Canner Cooker

Presto Canner 01781This is a model that you can find at Amazon here and other retail locations, I know our local Walmart sells this model, but they are slightly higher from what I have seen in price compared to Amazon. However, the Presto 01781 is the canner that we actually use on the farm. With that being said, we are going to explore this canner even more and let you know about the canner and why we love this one. We will do this more in the pros and cons type of writing to make it easier to get the information quickly.

Pros: 

  • Can be used on smooth top cooking surface
  • Uses the handles and metal tabs to lock in.
  • Uses a weighted system to build the pressure up
  • Is 23 quart size, which is 7 regular mouth quart jars at once.
  • Able to use as a pressure canner

Cons:

  • Heavy, but this is a good thing
  • Takes a while to heat up.

All American 41 1/2 Quart Pressure Cooker

All American Pressure CannerThe All American is a canner that we have read about. We have seen this model, which is quite a bit larger than what ours currently is, but I have to say I would be worried about how much this weighs because I know the one that we are using weighs a ton when it is loaded down. So I can only imagine how much this model weighs. Here is the pros and cons that we have found with this canner. If you are interested about this canner you can check it out at Amazon here, as I have never seen this in the local stores.

Pros:

  • Metal to metal sealing system that seals tight.
  • Geared steam gauge
  • Has an automatic over pressure release
  • Holds 19 quart jars at once or 32 pint jars

Cons:

  • Very heavy as one question that was answered on Amazon stated the canner weighs 21 pounds empty.
  • Size of this can make it nearly impossible to use on most of the smooth top cookers.

Now, I am only covering the bigger ones in the review, but if you want to read more information you can look at Amazon for the smaller models that are available for some of the brands.

Presto 1755 16 Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker

 

Presto 012827 8 Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker

All-American 30-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner

All-American 25-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner

All American 921 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner

All-American 15-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner

Conclusion

Canning your own produce is a great way to save part of summer when you have a huge harvest. This is when you may find out that some of your produce needs to be pressure canned. We know that this can be a major pain because most people only have the regular canner that can handle water baths. To overcome this we have decided to put up a short little post to help you in finding the best pressure canner. This way you can find your little piece of heaven in the middle of winter and recall the summer or fall harvest. Please remember if you like this to share it with your friends on Facebook and be sure to check out all that we have to offer in our shopping tab at the top.

 

 

 

 

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