Best Pressure Canner: Presto Pressure Canner Review

by Keith

“Read Why Presto Pressure Canners Are Constantly Given 5 Stars”

As mentioned before, Presto currently makes two dedicated pressure canners. They are, aside from capacity, fundamentally the same and are extremely well priced compared to rivals like the All American Pressure Canner.

Presto 23 Quart Canner Presto 16 Quart Canner
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The Presto line of canners comes in 16 quart, and 23 quart sizes. Pressure canners are very simple, hands-on devices. Because of this, and because you will be working with not only extremely hot water and steam, but also high pressure, focus and caution will be required.

Both Presto pressure canners consist of the same basic parts, and both work in the same way. The Presto canners parts are as follows:

  • Pressure Dial Gauge- Analog gauge tells you how much pressure is in the canner, adjust pressure by raising or lowering heat on stove
  • Pressure Regulator- A safety device, the pressure regulator prevents pressures over 15 psi
  • Vent Pipe- Primary pressure relief valve relieves pressures above 15 psi, pressure regulator sits loosely on the vent pipe
  • Air Vent/Cover Lock- Exhausts air from canner and acts as a visual indicator of pressure.
  • Locking Bracket- Engages with Air Vent/Cover Lock to prevent cover from being opened while pressure is present in canner
  • Sealing Ring- A gasket that forms a seal between the cover lid and body
  • Overpressure Plug- Safety device, this plug will pop out and release pressure in the event the vent pipe becomes blocked or clogged
  • Canning/Cooking Rack- Placed inside, rack holds jars off the bottom of the canner, for cooking rack is used for steaming foods

Presto pressure canners are constructed of high quality, heavy, warp resistant aluminum. I actually have both examples on hand to inspect, and by the look of the construction, they appear to be very well made. Pressure canners, again, are fairly simple devices and because of this, they are very rugged.

I expect that these would last much longer than my lifetime. While the canners that I have here are actually my mother in law’s, I very much trust her judgment and it’s her opinion that the Presto brand canners represent the pinnacle in value.

*A quick word on jars: According to Presto, though there may be many different types of jars on the market, the only recommended type is the Mason jar. They come in ½ pint, pint and quart. Just in case you wanted to order jars with your canner purchase.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

The Presto line of canners is far and away the most popular choice for the home user, as such there is plenty of advice and review chatter online, the vast majority being positive.

I frequently see comments about how surprisingly easy it is to can foods. I am also pleased to report that a steady stream of positive comments regarding quality can be found as well. In some of the reviews that I came across, I read that the canner, especially when loaded for bath canning, is extremely heavy.

This is pretty obvious, but I thought I would point it out anyway. On a positive note, I noticed over and over, that people said the canners could be used with all types of ranges. Presto may not recommend it, so it’s at your discretion, but no one said they had a problem with flat, or ceramic, or any other type of stove-top.

There were a couple of reports regarding gauge failures, that is, where the gauge actually shot off of the canner. The canner does come with the gauge unit uninstalled, so be very careful installing it, also Presto recommends you have your gauge tested and inspected by your local county extension office.

You can read more customer reviews here

CAPACITIES
16 QUART PRESTO PRESSURE CANNER MODEL # 1755
Regular Jars
• 12 half pints
• 10 pints
• 7 quarts*

Wide Mouth Jars
• 8 half pints
• 8 pints
• 7 quarts*
*Do not use the boiling water method with quart jars

23 QUART PRESTO PRESSURE CANNER MODEL # 1781
Regular Jars
• 24 half pints
• 20 pints
• 7 quarts

Wide Mouth Jars
• 16 half pints
• 16 pints
• 7 quarts

DIMENSIONS

16 QUART
• 14.8” x 14.8” x 11.9”

23 QUART
• 15.4” x 15.1” x 14.8”

WARRANTY

• 12 Year Limited Warranty

EXPLORING THE COMPANY WEBSITE

At first glance, the Presto website www.gopresto.com looks rather un-polished. On further exploration, however, I really admire what they have done with it. The layout is well done, and the content, which is all we really care about in the end, is fantastic.

If you want to know anything about their products, or company, before you buy, it is probably there. They don’t have ecommerce directly for their appliances, but they do have a shopping cart for parts and accessories, they [easyazon-link asin=”B0000BYCFU”]link to Amazon[/easyazon-link] for the purchase of their products.

What you will find:

  • Tabs for Products & Parts
  • Cooking & Recipes
  • Information
  • Account
  • Contact

At the bottom of the website, and in the tabs at the top, you will find a ton of good info.

THE COMPANY

Founded in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in 1905, Presto actually got their start making pressure canners. They started by manufacturing 50 gallon industrial canners, then 30 gallon canners for the hotel industry. Presto, in 1915, then built their own aluminum foundry for the sole purpose of manufacturing pressure canners for home use.

In 1917, the USDA determined that pressure canning was the only safe method of canning low-acid foods without risking food poisoning. At this realization “Northwestern Steel & Iron Works”, as it was known at the time, changed its name to “National Pressure Cooker Company” in order to identify the brand with its expertise.

With much success in the industrial segment, the company, in 1939, introduced a saucepan style pressure cooker that reduced cooking time in the home by two thirds. With this rapid way of cooking came the new company name “Presto”.

Presto went on to help tremendously in the effort during WWII and received many awards for continuing production for the “victory garden” & canning programs, as well as manufacturing artillery fuses, rocket fuses, and even aerial bombs.

Today Presto is a leader in revolutionary consumer products and appliances, they also continue to enjoy market leadership in pressure cookers and canners.

MISSION STATEMENT

“Forecasting the needs of the American consumer and seeking to fill those needs through a consistent program of product innovation, quality manufacturing, and aggressive marketing has been the objective of National Presto Industries for over 100 years, and it will continue to be in the years ahead.”

I found this on their website, they don’t call it their mission statement per-se but I think it’s close enough.

WHERE CAN I BUY A PRESTO CANNER AND HOW MUCH SHOULD I PAY?

You can get both Presto canners (and some bundled sets too) on the Amazon website. We find they consistently offer a good price and have excellent delivery service. You shouldn’t spend more than $80 for the larger canner or $70 for the smaller one.

 

FINAL WORD

Pressure canning has a bit of a “Leave it to Beaver” stigma associated with it, and it really doesn’t deserve it. We hear it every day in our society, we need to eat better, we need to get better nutrition, we are gaining too much weight, et al., ad nauseum, but rarely do we do anything about it.

Many people are beginning to fight back, we are taking our nutrition more seriously, and trying hard to give our families a healthier diet. I actually have a garden. It’s not much, but it’s a start, and I’m going to give this canning thing a shot. The point is, for not a lot of money you can have another tool in the box to help you and and your family eat a little more healthy, and after doing a little research, I am expecting to have a lot of fun as well.

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