As of this writing, this is THE MOST POPULAR pressure canning video on YouTube. Pressure canning can be done virtually anywhere, by anyone. I’d HIGHLY recommend everyone to get a pressure canner, and learn how to home-can their own fresh garden produce! There’s nothing like stocking your shelves with food you’ve grown yourself or picked locally.
Pressure canners are needed to can low acid foods, such as meats, seafood, and most veggies. If you are going to make a combo of high-acids and low-acids (like a soup or stew), you’ll need to pressure can it. Your recipe will tell you whether you need a pressure canner or a water bath canner. Water bath canners just don’t get hot enough to kill the bacteria present in low acid foods.
Also, I wanted to correct something I said in the video. I mentioned that I thought the canner held 14 pint jars, but it’s actually 19.
Although they might seem intimidating to begin with, pressure canners are safe and easy to learn to use. If I can do it… I know you can do it, too!! In this video I demonstrate using an All American 21 1/2 qt. pressure canner. I love this model because it does not require a gasket which would need to be replaced periodically, as other pressure canners use.
If you’re interested in learning how to use a pressure canner, or would like to watch somebody demonstrate how to use one before jumping into the world of pressure canning on your own, then this video is just what you’ve been looking for.
I hope you find it helpful. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions!