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Re: Pressure Canning

Post  littlejo on 4/30/2012, 9:31 am

I gave up my fears and ordered a pressure canner! Presto, 23 qt. It holds 20 pint jars, and the directions online say it can be used as a water bath canner. My current water bath canner only holds 7 pints, so this would be a saving on that too!

I will be looking into pressure canner receipes that are safe for a beginer.

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Post  cheyannarach on 4/30/2012, 9:53 am

@camprn wrote:Pressure isn't just for canning it's good for cooking too. Pressure Cooking

This is not an endorsement of any particular product.

I I love you pressure cooking!

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Post  littlejo on 4/30/2012, 11:15 am

You know, JC penny has a 'pressure cooker' on sale most months for right at $20 dollars that is more meal size, 5 or 8 qts. Is that a good size/price for meal cooking?

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Re: Pressure Canning

Post  givvmistamps on 4/30/2012, 3:07 pm

I found a free e-book about canning on the Barnes & Noble website a few days ago...so I downloaded it to get an overview of what's involved in canning before I decide if I'm going to try more than water-bath canning this year. I definitely want to can tomatoes in several forms...sauce, whole, diced, in salsa...if I can keep my tomatoes going! I keep finding problems with them. Sad

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Post  camprn on 4/30/2012, 5:05 pm

the best and easiest to follow book I have seen on canning is the Ball Blue Book

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Post  Gena575 on 4/30/2012, 5:57 pm

@littlejo wrote:I gave up my fears and ordered a pressure canner! Presto, 23 qt. It holds 20 pint jars, and the directions online say it can be used as a water bath canner. My current water bath canner only holds 7 pints, so this would be a saving on that too!

I will be looking into pressure canner receipes that are safe for a beginer.

Jo

If your canner does not come with the weights, you very much want to buy them. The dial is nice, but often inaccurate and needs calibration every year. Your local extension office should be able to calibrate it for you for free/cheap though. The weights stay the same year after year after year. http://www.amazon.com/Presto-Pressure-Canner-Regulator/dp/B000HMBVQ8/ref=pd_sim_k_1 is the one my 16 quart canner uses, but it fits a lot of models. The other plus of the weights is so much less baby sitting of the pot. You can hear it jiggle and move to adjust the heat if it gets too fast or too slow, but otherwise you can be prepping the next batch or enjoying some cold lemonade while it works. With the dial you have to look at it every few minutes to make sure it is maintaining the correct pressure.

As far as safe recipes, anything from the National Center for Food Preservation or the Ball Blue book are perfectly safe. Meat will seem more intimidating at first, but as long as you follow the directions exactly, all is well. Don't use random web recipes...that is asking for trouble IMO.

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Post  givvmistamps on 4/30/2012, 10:13 pm

Well, I'm not to the recipes stage but I planned on getting the Ball Blue Book since my MIL suggested it.

My issue right now is deciding which pressure canner to buy; I want something that will last a long time, will work reliably, and will do both pressure and water bath canning; space is an issue in our kitchen. I currently have a ceramic cooktop, but hope to get a gas stove whenever we get up funding to renovate the kitchen...and I read that some canners won't work on ceramic.

Feedback? Suggestions?

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Re: Pressure Canning

Post  boffer on 4/30/2012, 10:37 pm

There's nothing wrong with used pressure pots, if you can find one.

A lot of folks do their canning outside. I have two of these propane burners set up for canning outside, and they're handy for when the power goes out, too.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_15490_15490


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Re: Pressure Canning

Post  walshevak on 4/30/2012, 11:33 pm

Because of ceremic top stove, I used the side burner on the gas grill for waterbaths on jelly. I've never canned anything else.

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Post  JennAndCompany on 5/1/2012, 12:02 am

@walshevak wrote:Because of ceremic top stove, I used the side burner on the gas grill for waterbaths on jelly. I've never canned anything else.

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Brilliant! I too have a ceremic stove top; however, we just got a grill with a side burner - now I am able to can outside without heating up the un-airconditioned house this summer. Thanks for the idea!!


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Post  givvmistamps on 5/1/2012, 1:06 am

@boffer wrote:There's nothing wrong with used pressure pots, if you can find one.
Oh, I'm not at all averse to buying used...I'm just worried that around here a used one would be harder to find than a sugar maple. If only I could talk my MIL into letting me have hers! She's not gardening any more, too busy taking care of her fiance.
@boffer wrote:A lot of folks do their canning outside. I have two of these propane
burners set up for canning outside, and they're handy for when the power
goes out, too.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_15490_15490
Now that's a novel concept; do the canning outside to save on A/C costs! I'm sure that buying one of those would pay for itself in lower A/C costs pretty quickly. I'll have to do it at night when temps get down to the 70s, and do it in the screened porch to stay away from the mosquitoes, otherwise I'd never be able to stand it. But all the cutting, blending and pureeing could be done inside.

Thanks for the tips!!!

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Re: Pressure Canning

Post  camprn on 9/3/2012, 12:33 pm

Pressure canning guide.
http://extension.usu.edu/utah/files/uploads/Canning/Guide%204%20-%20Canning%20Vegetable%20and%20Vegetable%20Products.pdf

I need to get me a pressure canner!

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Post  RoOsTeR on 9/3/2012, 12:52 pm

I love great opportunities like this Razz


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Post  camprn on 9/3/2012, 1:07 pm

LOL, and somehow I just keep offering up these opportunities! Wink Thanks for the chuckle. I keep hoping I will find one at a yard sale or the thrift store... What a Face

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Re: Pressure Canning

Post  plantoid on 9/3/2012, 5:09 pm

@camprn wrote:Pressure canning guide.
http://extension.usu.edu/utah/files/uploads/Canning/Guide%204%20-%20Canning%20Vegetable%20and%20Vegetable%20Products.pdf

I need to get me a pressure canner!

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I have a pair of high dome pressure cooker pans that will take a three one pint jars but the makers ( Prestige ) don't recommend any pressure canning just hot bath stuff Rolling Eyes

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Re: Pressure Canning

Post  rowena___. on 9/3/2012, 5:38 pm

plantoid, where do you live? there is a pressure canner available in europe, i will look it up for you.

as for pressure canning or cooking: i am a huge fan of pressure cooking--i have four such cookers, two for the stove top and two digital. i cook more in my pressure cookers than i do in my regular pots and pans.

as for pressure canning: times change, devices get better. i would no more worry about a pressure canner exploding than i would about my car exploding. in fact, i'm more comfortable using a pressure canner in my house than i am about getting into a car and driving down the freeway with a bunch of strangers passing me on each side.

if someone is truly worried about pressure canning explosions, they can certainly can outside the house. i am hoping to have an outdoor kitchen set up for spring (tried to get one set up this year but the money and energy went into the studio kitchen instead). as long as you monitor the canner and make sure that a gas grill doesn't go beyond 12,000 BTU with a canner on it, you're good to go.

also, i have a glass top stove and i have canned on it for years. just watch your pressure, don't set the pots down too hard, and make sure to have someone close by to help you move the canner if it is full or you will need to speed dial your orthopedic surgeon.

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Post  plantoid on 9/3/2012, 6:21 pm

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Re: Pressure Canning

Post  rowena___. on 9/3/2012, 8:42 pm

here's the one you want--i know several canners using this model with excellent results, in fact i wish the lids in america closed the way this one does:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002MPQH80/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=thecottagesma-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B002MPQH80

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Post  fiddleman on 9/9/2012, 6:10 pm

@Gena575 wrote:
@littlejo wrote:I gave up my fears and ordered a pressure canner! Presto, 23 qt. It holds 20 pint jars, and the directions online say it can be used as a water bath canner. My current water bath canner only holds 7 pints, so this would be a saving on that too!

I will be looking into pressure canner receipes that are safe for a beginer.

Jo

If your canner does not come with the weights, you very much want to buy them. The dial is nice, but often inaccurate and needs calibration every year. Your local extension office should be able to calibrate it for you for free/cheap though. The weights stay the same year after year after year. http://www.amazon.com/Presto-Pressure-Canner-Regulator/dp/B000HMBVQ8/ref=pd_sim_k_1 is the one my 16 quart canner uses, but it fits a lot of models. The other plus of the weights is so much less baby sitting of the pot. You can hear it jiggle and move to adjust the heat if it gets too fast or too slow, but otherwise you can be prepping the next batch or enjoying some cold lemonade while it works. With the dial you have to look at it every few minutes to make sure it is maintaining the correct pressure.

I purchased the Presto 23 Quart pressure Canner/Cooker last month to start putting up the produce we had in the garden. I had never canned in my life. Well, I ended up getting hooked. We've done a whole mess of Green Beans, and now I am trying my hand at putting up some potatoes.

After reading a bunch, I went with the pressure regulator mentioned above. Wow, does it make it even more enjoyable, turning the presto in magic. You can enjoy being in the kitchen and just listening to it go. Reminiscent of a train on the tracks... not loud at all, just the steam going, chick,chick,chick. Lovely.

IF you haven't already sprung for the weighted pressure regulator, give it a try.

As an aside, I made some water bath Strawberry Jam as well... my kids had NEVER had real homemade strawberry jam, and I hadn't had it in probably 35 years... It was OUTSTANDING!!! I had forgotten how good stuff like that can be. My kids have been helping me, and we've actually had some great conversations while preparing the beans, strawberries, apples, potatoes, and pickles. The conversation certainly has been the best part of doing the canning, but looking at all that wonderful homegrown produce is pretty cool too!

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Post  plantoid on 9/10/2012, 4:00 pm

@rowena___. wrote:here's the one you want--i know several canners using this model with excellent results, in fact i wish the lids in america closed the way this one does:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002MPQH80/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=thecottagesma-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B002MPQH80

Rowena , thank you very much for the link.
I'd looked for such an item in all sorts of search engines .
I didn't think they wiuld be in industrial catering equipmet for as far as I knew most big commercial kitchens used pressured steam cabinets that were 3 foot by 3 foor by three foot with walls like bank vaults.
I'd also tried putting things like commercial canners industriall canners , large canners and found something I could drive my Porsche into & still have room for six pallets of dog food. Wink

As it is available in the UK , shipping free it suddenly becomes much more affordable for the USA .. All American Canner was going to be tripple the USA cost after shipping and UK import taxes were added.


I too like the lid & seal method seal it is like the smaller pre 1930's WW2 Prestige Bridge Lid Pressure Cooker with an eliptical opening to insert the lid in ....they seal very well indeed and having the split weights is fantastic.. My mum had one and it was still in use up to mid 1984 .
She hot water bath bottled and pressure sterilized all sorts of foods as well as using it for magnificent big family stews , rice puds , jams and taking down the pig into all sorts of things.

I entered the product name as " Hawkins 22 Litre Big Boy Aluminium Pressure Cooker " into Google and found several UK sources that sell them thanks again .

It looks like I WILL have to sell my sea fishing reels after all . Wink

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 9/10/2012, 8:50 pm

Then there's my 90-year-old mom who is still using her WWII pressure canner. I had the privilege of joining her last week to put up 18 pints of green beans in that canner that's almost as old as I am. So, go for quality, even if it costs more. Whatever you pay for it, prorate it over 65 years and you'll see what a bargain quality can be. Nonna

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Post  RoOsTeR on 8/16/2013, 7:20 am

Resurrecting this thread for others to review. Lot's of great information here  

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Post  landarch on 8/16/2013, 9:41 am

just did the same with my wife's grandmother's pressure canner...built to last...and she gets the parts tested with the extension service each year.  That cooker has put up thousands of pints of veggies and fruit jelly.

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Post  Windsor.Parker on 8/16/2013, 3:45 pm

@RoOsTeR wrote:Resurrecting this thread for others to review. Lot's of great information here  
Thanks Admin, for the timely bump.
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Since late June I've been selling, also a first for me, at a local farmers market.
I've offered a sampling of our fresh produce and of our canned goods. Learning that people will pay for them is rewarding, but parting with such treasures is a serious challenge.

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