5 Awesome Pressure Cooker Canners That Make Food Preservation Easy
There are two hot trends in the food industry right now: cooking food faster and canning your own food. A pressure cooker canner is a marriage of both of those worlds. It allows you to can your own food quickly and efficiently.
We’ll address this in more detail a little later, but it’s worth noting upfront that a pressure cooker and a pressure cooker canner are two distinctly different products. The latter is designed to can foods; the former is not and should not be used for canning.
That distinction between the two appliances can make it challenging to pick the right pressure cooker canner out of all of the ones for sale. We’ve sifted through the masses and found six great pressure cooker canners that are ready to take on your canning needs.
There are a lot of things to like about this All American pressure cooker canner, which is why it’s our top pick.
The first thing we like is that there are two automatic venting features. Most pressure cooker canners only have one, but this model has an extra one for safety to make sure it can release the steam if the pressure gets too high. When you’re cooking and canning with high pressure, it’s an extra step of caution that can make a huge difference if it’s needed.
We also like the metal-to-metal seal system that ensures a tight closure every time. If any air leaks out, the food won’t be cooked properly so that’s an extra important step. Additionally, the handle is designed to stay cool to the touch so you can’t burn yourself when you grab it.
The pice is a little high on this one, so you’ll want to make sure that you’re going to make good use out of it before handing your money over for it. However, if you cook and can a large amount of food, give this one some serious consideration.
All American 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker Canner
We love this pressure cooker canner for its metal-to-metal seal, so you don't have to worry about a gasket. It also has an extra safety vent and cool-touch handle. Stay safe while canning with this pressure cooker.
While the Presto 01781 can definitely serve as both canner and cooker, it’s definitely geared more towards canning–and we love it for that. Its 23-quart size can hold 20 pints at one time, which is a great size for committed canners. The way that it’s constructed allows for the pressure cooker canner to be used on both regular and glass-top cooking surfaces, and its special cover lock ensures that the steam won’t start building inside until the lock is secure.
It’s much less expensive than our top pick (around $200 cheaper!), but that’s because it doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles that some of the other products in this category do. If you’re focused more on pressure canning than pressure cooking, this model is a great choice. A bonus is that it comes with a 76-page instruction and recipe combo book, which will get novice canners off to a great start.
Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker
A nice big canner that can be used on a traditional or glass top stove.
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T-fal 22-Quart Pressure Cooker and Canner
A highlight of the T-Fal Pressure Cooker and Canner is the combination of its size and its safety features. We love the larger size that can hold 16 pint-size jars. The larger canning space is made more functional by using the two racks that come with it so that the cans aren’t sitting directly on top of one another inside the unit.
Its five-point safety system is also a standout feature for the model. The safety system includes a pressure-monitoring device, a sure-locking lid system, and an overpressure steam release component. This pressure cooker canner can only pressurize if the lid is securely locked, and it cannot be opened if the pot is still pressurized.
It has a limited warranty when compared to other pressure cooker canners on this list (only one year for replacement parts), so if you’re a heavy-duty canner, you might want to choose something with a little more long-term protection.
Presto 1755 16-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker/Canner
Presto is a respected brand in the world of pressure cooker canners, which is why two of their products made this list. We liked the Presto 1755 because it’s made of warp-resistant aluminum, which makes it a little lighter than other models we reviewed. The gauges are easy to read deluxe dial gauges and help to give you the confidence to can well.
This model can be used on regular or smooth-top ranges, and it comes with an instruction booklet, canning rack, and a book with over 50 recipes. It’s currently one of the least expensive models on our list, so it’s a good choice for those just starting out on their canning journey.
Although it’s not the least expensive pressure cooker canner on our list, we’ve chosen the Granite Ware Pressure Canner/Cooker/Steamer as our value pick because of its durability and strength. Its slightly more than the least expensive one that we’ve featured, but the fact that it is made with a heavy-gauge, hard-anodized aluminum sets it apart from the others. This model won’t stain or rust; it’s built to last.
The Granite Ware Pressure Canner features a 20-quart capacity that holds eight pint-sized jars. It’s a professional-grade quality machine, and it comes with a rack to hold jars, a rack for steaming, and a three-piece rocker pressure valve. It is also equipped with stay-cool handles and a locking stainless steel lid.
This pressure cooker canner is not recommended for glass cooktops, but that’s the only drawback that we found. Otherwise, it’s ready for all the canning action that you want to throw in it.
Granite Ware Pressure Canner/Cooker/Steamer
This smaller canner is good for the occasional canning project.
Questions to Consider
Can you use an electric pressure cooker for canning? According to the USDA, an electric pressure cooker should not be used for canning. While an electric pressure cooker is safe for cooking, they are not safe for canning. However, you can cook with a pressure cooker canner. Be sure to follow the specific directions of your machine before cooking.
What is the difference between a pressure cooker and a pressure cooker canner? A pressure cooker is a stovetop or electric appliance that is used to cook foods rapidly (or under pressure) in a fraction of the time that is normally needed to cook the food in a regular pot. For instance, cooking dried beans in a pressure cooker may take 20 minutes or less while the traditional way could mean an hour or more. A pressure cooker canner is a lightweight, heavy-duty stainless steel or aluminum pot that comes equipped with a pressure gauge, vent, and screw clamps to lock and seal. Using a pressure cooker canner offers an effective way to can low-acidic vegetables, fruits, and meats at home because the temperature is able to reach 240° F.
How many jars does a pressure cooker canner hold?
This depends on the size of the pressure cooker canner that you buy and whether or not it comes with racks. The smallest sized pressure cooker canner that the USDA recommends
for canning is a 10-quart size, which can hold four quart-sized jars inside of it. They get larger from there. Some go up to 41 quarts, which hold up to 19 quart-sized jars. Sometimes you’ll see that different pressure cooker canners of the same size have different capacities for canning jars. That is because of the racks that the system comes with that allow for more jars – or don’t, depending on the style.
How do you determine what size pressure cooker canner you’ll need? The biggest thing to consider is exactly how much canning you do. If you do a little bit of canning or are new to doing it and are not sure how much you’ll actually do, start with a smaller one. Technically you can use the larger size and just not fill it to capacity with jars, but then you’re wasting energy and spending more money than you need to on the unit since the price increases as the pressure cooker canner gets larger. So you’ll want to make sure you need that huge one (and that you’ll actually use it) before you invest in it.
Having the ability to make and preserve food for family and friends can be enjoyable, easy, and cost-effective with the right appliance, and will ensure that you have great canned food for the months when you don’t have fresh food coming in from your garden.