What Are Pressure Canners?

by Keith

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Presto Pressure Canner

Ask anyone under the age of fifty what pressure canners are, and they probably won’t be able to tell you. Unless they grew up on a farm, they probably have never even seen one! But these items are starting to make a comeback, not only because of the recent downturn in the economy, but because canning is becoming something of a domestic art that a lot of people really enjoy.

What Is Canning?

Canning is the process of storing foods of all kinds in a jar that is completely sealed. To those of us who grew up in a world where everything comes in a can or jar already, this may not seem like the most exciting thing, but back when there was little or no refrigeration, canning was an essential way of saving food from harvest time for the times of the year when there was no food to be found.

Also, many people enjoy making salsas, jams, jellies, and all sorts of goodies, canning them, and giving them away as gifts. Pressure canners allow you to make these gifts all year round, so you might never have to buy holiday presents again!

What Should You Look For in a Pressure Canner?

Pressure canners come in all sizes, but a 23-quart aluminum pressure cooker like the Presto Pressure Canner is one of the best. This will hold up to 20 pint jars or 7 quart jars, which will allow you to get a lot of canning done in one day. It is made from the strongest construction, with extra-strong, warp-resistant aluminum and an air vent/cover lock that will help you to cook as safely as possible.

Some pressure canners are designed for only occasional use, meaning that they aren’t very strong. The Presto Pressure Canner is designed for regular use, and it looks like it – it’s strong, made from heavy aluminum, and has a sturdy gauge that will help you read the pressure at all times.

What Comes With It?

When you are shopping for pressure canners, it is a good idea to look for models that have a very strong, visible gauge, and that also come with a cooking and cooling rack. You will need this rack throughout all aspects of the cooking stage. Having a good instruction book is also essential since each machine is so different.

Where Do You Get Recipes?

When you first start working with pressure canners, you might think that you won’t be able to find any information, but nothing could be further from the truth! There are many books, both online and in print, that give you all the information you need to safely and effectively learn how to take part in this tasty way of cooking.

From learning the intricacies of your pressure cooker to figuring out how to make the best jams, jellies, and sauces, you will have fun experimenting with a way of cooking that you have never done before. Finding recipes is no problem and you will probably soon be making up your own.

If you’re interested in buying a canner read our Presto Pressure Canner review

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