I need a good pressure canner...

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by mich9510, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. mich9510

    mich9510 Songster

    Jul 21, 2016
    Southwest PA
    That won't break the bank. As we are slowly trying to become more self sufficient I've realized that I need to do some canning for the winter. I have very little money but I need a pressure canner for my low acid foods. I've looked on eBay and there are some that aren't too expensive but I don't know how big and fancy I need to get. This is my first year canning and I have tons of zucchini, cukes, pears, and Apple's to can. Along with tomatoes.... What do you all recommend?
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    None of the gauged pressure canners are cheap - but a reasonably priced one with a pressure gauge will last you for years - you may have to replace the rubber gasket but not often.

    I have the smaller Presto model and trust it - but you can't do water bath canning for quart jars and would need a separate water bath canner for those needs.

    You can do tomatoes and pickles in a water bath - pickles are quick, but tomatoes are a very long boil.

    Some folks have lucked up on finding theirs in flea markets - but if the gauge doesn't work, I would not trust it.

    You can freeze the tomatoes while you decide?
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    I can tell you what not to buy! I bought a Mirro 16 qt. Right out of the box, it was a nightmare. The weight that goes over the vent did not work right, and I basically ruined 17 pints of green beans b/c their instruction manual and customer service was so poor. After processing the second batch, I again called customer service, and was told to send the canner back AT MY EXPENSE. I refused to accept that, and got a manager to issue a UPS shipping label. In the mean time, I'm left with a garden full of produce, and no canner. 3 week wait for return of the Mirro, and to be honest, I have lost all faith in the product. I've ordered a Presto with dial gauge.
  4. mich9510

    mich9510 Songster

    Jul 21, 2016
    Southwest PA
    Just put in an offer on a Preston 16 quarterback pressure scanner. $50 plus shipping. New in box. Has pressure gauge so hopefully they accept.
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    I have a Presto 16qt. - have used it for several years and have been quite happy with it.

    If you have a local Walmart or Ace hardware, you may luck out and find one there, but this time of year it's hard to find a pressure canner.

    As @sunflour suggested a water bath canner is ideal for pickles and jellies, so if you are canning "high acid" foods you may want to get one of those as well. I used to water bath my tomatoes, but have found it's more convenient to pressure can or freeze them.

    Good luck on your quest!
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2016
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