Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Equipment... the canner

All-American Pressure Canner
I decided I needed a new pressure canner...

My wonderful husband did his research (he's good at that!), reading reviews of all the canners out there... he decided the one I needed was the All American Pressure Canner, the reviews said it was the best and being the dear man he is, he said I needed the best there was. These canners offer the best and safest method for home canning. The U.S.D.A. recommends that pressure canning is the only way to can meat, fish, poultry and all vegetables. All American Pressure Cookers feature an exclusive metal to metal seal. No gasket to wear out and replace. Extra heavy, high grade aluminum heats quickly, wears well, cleans easily, and will not rust. They include an easy on-off cover. Positive action clamping wing nuts permit easy open and close. Equipped with two automatic venting features, safety control valve and overpressure plug. Included were cooking canning rack, and instructions.

A few days after I made the statement that I needed a new canner, the FedEx man delivered one to my door (What a guy! my husband, not the FedEx man, although I like him too!)

I immediately devoured the instruction booklet that came with my new canner, reading excerpts aloud to DH like he was seriously interested. He's a great man and I love him dearly and he loves me dearly, but although he wants me to have what I want and the best at that, he was more interested in the finished product than the reading aloud of recipes and how to oil the rim of the canner.

It being January and no crops to be found anywhere around, I decided to try my hand at canning meat. Joy!

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  1. I love reading your blog and I was hoping you could offer me some advice about an old canner I have. I have a OLD sears 21qt pressure canner that needs a new seal and wobbler and probably should have the gauge checked. I have never pressure canned before and was wanting your opinion if you think it is worth buying the replacement parts or just buying new. My biggest concern is the safety aspects of using an older canner that needs these parts. The canner itself is in pretty good shape. Its definetly been used but there are no deep scratches etc. Any advice / tips you could offer would be helpful. Thanks! Kimberly L

    1. It really depends, if the canner is in good shape otherwise, I'd check on prices of replacing the bad parts, then compare that to the cost of a new one. I know a guy who bought an old All-American Canner for like $20 and replaced all the parts and ended up spending only about $20 more... a new one runs at least $200 for those. For a cheaper brand, it may not pay, I have no idea how expensive the Sears canners are, plus, with Sears sometimes it's hard to get old replacement parts (I've had experience with OTHER Sears products). I don't think safety would be a problem if you're replacing the gauge and seal as long as the canner itself is sound. Hope this helps a bit. ~~Granny

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