My First Canner!

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I’m so excited! Yesterday I got a package from UPS containing my very first canner. I got a gift card to Amazon for my birthday, so I shopped around until I found the perfect thing. After reading tons of reviews, I decided on buying a steam canner. This one is by Back to Basics.

Some reviewers were concerned about the safety of using a steam canner. After doing some research, I found that the USDA does not recommend using steam canners, but only because of a lack of research. However, several studies have been done and have concluded that steam canning is safe when done properly (which goes for any kind of canning). You can read the whole article HERE.

Many other reviewers who have been using a steam canner for over a decade gave it high marks and said that they have never had a problem with the food spoiling. So, if all of these other people (and their mothers!) have been safely using this canner for so many years, that’s proof enough for me.

The best thing about this canner is that it only requires 6-8 cups of water, compared to 4  gallons in a water bath canner. Because of this, it only takes  5-10 minutes to heat up instead of 30 minutes. Plus, I can safely use it on my flat top stove without worry of the ceramic surface cracking under the weight of so much water.

It will only safely process high acid foods, meaning fruits. I’ll need a Pressure Canner to do meats and veggies. I actually was blessed with enough birthday money to buy a nice pressure canner too, so I’ve been shopping around trying to find the best price. I’m trying to find a site that offers free shipping!

Anyways, I can’t wait to use my new canner. I still don’t have any canning supplies like a jar lifter, a funnel, or anything else that I need to do this properly. So, I guess I’ll wait until I get everything I need to do my first batch of jelly.

Now… if only my fruit trees and berry bushes would give me something to can!

Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

9 Comments

  1. Keep in mind that if anyone is thinking of one day putting any of their products in a county or state fair that steam canned items are not allowed. Because they are supposed to follow the USDA guide lines for safe preserving. You can find it here. http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/publications/publications_usda.html I love that this is now available online. My husband calls my hard copy of the guide (that I got when training for MFP) my roach killer. LOL! Well that and now it’s missing after this last move. Don’t ask I still don’t know how a book that big could get lost. =/

  2. Make soup with your new pressure canner! I love to do this. Quick lunch and nutritous. I buy alot of turkey for my family. (Actually its the only meat we don’t raise) It’s pretty cheap when you consider how many meals you get out of it. Anyways after the “big turkey meal”, I make turkey and dumplings and turkey and rice soup- can- then enjoy! I bought a small pressure canner to see if I would like it. I am thinking about the big one for Christmas…..keep us updated.

    • Lanna-

      That is exactly the canner I’m looking at!! It’s a 21 quart. A little over $200! It’s a BIG purchase… but I think it would last me for a very long time, and I really do need a good quality one. I’m glad to hear that you really like yours!

      I’m a practical girl. I’d rather spend my birthday money on something that will save us money in the long run, rather than clothes or something.

  3. I have been really wanting a canner but never heard of this one. When I am in the market for one I will have to look into it (ie hurry up swagbucks and accumulate for me 🙂 )

  4. That looks great & how fantastic that you can purchase a pressure canner as well. I’ve been looking at canners over here (in Australia), but a proper pressure canner is in the $200+ – even the water baths are expensive.

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