??? about Guage canner

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by oberhaslikid, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. oberhaslikid

    oberhaslikid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2008
    I have the jiggle type and the neighbor had a guage type she was afraid of so we traded.
    I have never used one before withthe guage. Once I get it to 10lbs how do I keep it there? Turn the heat down ?Is the jiggler suppose to move on them? Just making sure.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2009
  2. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    I have no luck keeping a guage canner at 10 lbs. Mine always seem to go to 15 lbs. I use my wieghted guages -- all of the time. I can sit at my computer, and hear what is going on, rather than sit in front of the guage and watch it. But yes, the solution is to turn down the heat....slowly.
  3. oberhaslikid

    oberhaslikid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2008
    I did it and your right I played with it to get it there.But it worked Iam happy and really it was too easy.
    I just wasnt sure about the weight it didnt move at all.not use to that.I hve 4 canners I just wanted to see if I wanted to keep this one.
    thank you.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Yes, you adjust the heat and try to do it in ever smaller increments. I don't use the high setting either but take it up a little slower. Big pressure swings can cause liquid to leak from the jars. My stovetop dials go from 1 to 9, with 9 high. I put it on 7 to get it close to pressure and adjust from there.

    My required pressure, adjusted for elevation, is 11 pounds, so I aim for 12 to 12-1/2 pounds. You never want it to go below the minimum pressure and the pressure guage may not be calibrated just right. Your county extension office can probably tell you where you can get the guage calibrated if you wish.

    You probably know about the elevation adjustment but I'll go through it anyway. Some guides say to use 10 pounds pressure below 1000 feet elevation and 15 pounds between 1000 and 5000 feet, then 20 pounds over 5000 feet. I think this is so you can use the weights. Others say to go up 1 pound for every 1000 feet above 1000. So up to 1000 feet, use 10 pounds. Between 1001 and 2000 feet, use 11 pounds. Between 2001 and 3000 feet use 12 pounds.

    When the pressure gets to about 10 pounds, I start turning it down, maybe to 5 or 6 pounds, so the pressure increases more slowly. I often have to take it down to 3 to stop the pressure increase once it gets to 12-1/2 pounds. Then I may take it back up to 4 or 5 to start the pressure back up once it drops to 12 pounds.

    My 30 quart pressure canner has a line inside that shows the minimum allowable water level. I find if I put another two or three pints of water above that minimum line, the pressure is more stable during canning, but it does take a little longer to heat up.

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