One of the big ticket items on my canner’s wish list is a pressure canner/cooker. Before, I was scared to use one, recalling the big, loud, jiggly one on my grandparents stove –their constant warning to stay away from it did not help my fear nor did the burned fingers on the day I rebelled and stuck them in the steam. Ouch.
Pressure Canner via Pressure Cooker
Pressure canners and cookers have been used by our “foremothers” for years to provide their families with healthy, home cooked meals without spending hours standing in a hot kitchen. We all know that cooking a home cooked meal is cheaper and healthier for our families. And if you have memories like mine, you know that these kitchen tools are also used to can your summer bounty.
What Do You Plan to Use your Canner For?
When I started researching pressure canners, I was looking for one. After reading this article on deciding on a pressure cooker, I realized that 1) there are pressure cookers and pressure canners and that terminology is often interchanged when you’re researching and 2) I really need two: one smaller cooker to cook meals with and one larger canner to can my summer bounty with.
Pressure Canner/Cooker: Cooking Times
Larger pressure canners take longer to heat up which is not convenient for cooking meals and isn’t as effective. Small pressure cookers obviously wouldn’t work well for canning because of their size but they can cut the cook time of foods by as much as 70 percent! Check out this excellent cooking time chart for pressure canners as well as this one which includes meat cooking times.
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