My Birthday Present: A Pressure Canner

I’m SO happy! I finally got a pressure canner. I was blessed with enough birthday money to be able to splurge and buy a really nice canner that I’ve had my eye on for over a year! I read tons of reviews on pressure canners, and this one was definitely the top pick.

It’s an All-American 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner. It’s really big!! Heavy too. I got it from Amazon for $200, the cheapest I found it anywhere! Plus, it qualified for free shipping. I’m a little worried now though. I was telling Ms. Addy about it when I went to visit her a couple of days ago, and she mentioned how heavy hers is once it’s full. She has to get her husband to move it for her. I thought, Uh-oh. Mine is heavy with nothing in it! I hope I am able to move it once it is full of water and full jars!

My problem now is that I have a flat top stove. These are not recommended for use on a flat top, as the weight could crack the ceramic surface. So, I can either see if I can find a plug-in single burner table top type unit, or I can trade my flat top for a coiled stove on craigslist. Any suggestions?

I also, finally!, got the canning supplies I desperately needed! Remember my first canning experience without any canning tools? Burned hand, not fun. So now I also have a Back to Basics Canning Kit
with the tongs and other things I’ll need to properly do my cannning.

Now I’m just DYING to have stuff to can!!!

21 thoughts on “My Birthday Present: A Pressure Canner”

    • Jaci,

      It looks like a good one. Presto is a very well known brand, and I see it has great customer ratings. I’ve never used a Presto, but I know a lot of people love them. Find out if it has a gasket. If so, keep in mind that’s something that would need replacing over time.

  1. when the current electric stove breaks, replace it with a propane stove. Propane lasts a long time. I would use the stove I had until it broke. The turkey fryer idea didn’t sound bad either. You need to see the canning dvd from homestead blessings. they had an outdoor kitchen they canned in!! so cool!

  2. Oh, and typically the problem you’ll see with glass top stoves is that the size of the largest burner will be a little bit smaller than your canner. So the element/connecter that sends the heat to the actual burner may end up underneath your very hot canner. And the connection part isn’t exactly heat-rated or some such thing.

    Oh, up here though, propane isn’t cheap. An empty tank is $35-$40 to buy. If you get it filled at a gas station, it’s whatever the going rate for propane is, like $2-$2.50/gallon last I checked this summer? Or you can do the switcheroo thing at the grocery store or whatever, but we like having our own tank that we fill up ourselves and only gets dented by us.

  3. What kind of stove (brand/model) do you have? I’ve canned (have you seen my pantry at some point) tons of stuff over the years on my flattop. My [engineer] hubby kept telling me we were fine, so if my stove exploded/cracked, I could blame it on him and get a new stove. 😀

    And you just don’t move it when it’s full. Put it on the burner, fill it up, let it do it’s thing, let it cool, repeat as need be.

    We do have a camp stove to use outside.
    My problems with it though?
    I can’t use a propane burner inside (well, I don’t want to risk the house blowing up).
    I have kids that run around the yard. And don’t always look where they’re going. Yours may be different – mine are…. exuberant.
    Pressure canning actually takes longer for me outside because of the breezes and wind going on out there, plus you have farther to travel to adjust the pressure/heat since you need to keep it away from the house. Harder to keep the heat even with stuff like that.

  4. Congratulations on your new canner! I hope you enjoy it! I’ve heard the glass top stoves aren’t good because they don’t keep an even heat, which is needed for canning. I’m not really sure, but my friend had to exchange the one she bought for something that I “think?” works on her flat top stove.

  5. Ditto what Alice said.

    1. the camp stove rocks – it heats fast and you have an alternative if the weather makes your stove stop working

    2. stand alone burner from walgreens may not handle the weight of a filled pressure canner

    3. electric stove tops seem to take forever to heat up. Mine would regularly take an hour to heat up to a roiling boil. I hate it! Love the camp stove. I actually started using a stock pot with an insert to can anything smaller than quarts. However, some things need to be in quarts.


  6. This is the same canner that my mother-in-law has and she swears by it. It is heavy, but once it’s on the burner you can then put your jars and water in it, and you don’t ever have to move it once you’ve put stuff in it. When I’ve used hers, I just lift the jars out with the jar lifter, and I let it sit until the water inside is cooled to dump it out. One thing I canned recently was kidney beans- it’s much cheaper to buy the beans dry and can them, and it’s healthier than the canned beans at the store. We use tons of them now that it is soup and chili weather!

  7. Kendra, as far as the propane tank, this is the time to buy it as they are often clearanced along with the grills. I dont remember the price though. Up north it used to cost maybe $15-$20 to fill and it lasted almost all summer and we cooked on our grill on average of once or twice a week.

  8. I’ve canned on my flat top stove without any problems. I’ve used a pressure canner, water bath canner, and steam canner depending on the task. I’ve even used two at once on the stove when needed.

    I visited my aunt and used her two burner camp chef for canning. It was wonderful to have her stove indoors to prepare everything and then just process it outdoors. The propane is more expensive, but it was nice. We ran the propane tank constantly (12+ hour days) for almost two days straight before it ran out. Having a propane burner also affords a lot of self sufficiency if there is a power shortage. Of course, a single electric burner would also be really handy to use when canning. It could be attached to a generator if it was absolutely necessary when there was a power shortage.

    Flat top stoves are so nice, I would hate to part with mine. For me, the only thing I would be willing to do is “upgrade” to a nice gas stove. There is no way that I ever want to go back to a normal electric burner though.

  9. i saw those single burners really cheap the other day at walgreens by their coffeepots etc.

    i’m thinking was 10 or 15 for 1, or 20 for the double.

  10. I’ve used a big pressure canner and a water bath canner on my ceramic stove and it hasn’t hurt it yet. I’ve also used cast iron on it – which they say not to use. The only difference I’ve really noticed is that the water in the canners take longer to start to boil on a ceramic stove.

  11. Ooh! I’ve had my eye on that one too! This year, for Mother’s Day, hubby bought me a propane turkey fryer setup. I don’t fry turkeys, but figured it would make a good outdoor canning station. And it has! The heavy-duty metal stand is low, so you can see what’s in your canner, it puts out more heat than my flat top glass stove, and I don’t have to move the canner to cool it. Just turn it off!

    I haven’t used this with my (cheap) pressure canner, but it worked great for a water bath!

  12. Don’t trade your stove in! We can every year on a cash cooker, or camping stove out in our driveway. Keeps the house from getting too hot, and the propane burner is easy to turn on and off when it’s needed, don’t have to wait for a stove to get hot. My mom came and helped me pressure can a bunch of soups last month before I had my baby and we just had two canners set up on the double camping stove. They can be purchased on craigslist often used, or new for around $150 for a two burner setup at a outdoor store. 🙂

  13. I think that you should try and find the single burner unit. Not only is is handly to have an extra burner if you have a big meal or if the stove were to break, but if you were to trade your stove for another one you may not be as lucky as to find a stove that will last, it may work once or twice and then break on you, it may be a gamble to go that route.

    I hope whatever you decide works out but I am sure that the lord is looking out for you and it will all happen the way it is supposed to.

  14. wow, that is a wonderful pressure cooker! I didn’t realize they were so pricey! If I ever do a lot of canning I’ll have to ask a friend to borrow and save up for one!
    Have a blast-happy birthday!


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