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Title: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: jrebel on October 09, 2019, 12:36:09 PM
Gonna try my hand at canning meat and would like to purchase a good pressure canner.  I would like a nice one that will last for many years / decades to come.  Which brand / models are good?  How big should a guy go?  Any must have accessories for pressure canning? 

Thanks in advance for the input. 

Jrebel
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: NRA4LIFE on October 09, 2019, 01:04:27 PM
I have a presto (23 qt I think) that has been going strong for 25+ years.  I can stack 2 layers of half pints in it but not pints.  I would get one where you can stack 2 layers of regular pint jars.  A canner rack will allow you to do that without stacking the jars right on top of each other (good accessory to have).  If I had to buy a new one, I'd go with an All American 30 qt.  Not cheap though.  Probably 3 times the cost of the Presto.  It would outlive you most likely.
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: Fl0und3rz on October 09, 2019, 01:08:57 PM
Presto is pretty much standard.   Bigger is better.
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: Stein on October 09, 2019, 01:11:49 PM
I have an All American and would recommend them.  They all have both the jiggle weight and gauge which is handy as well as no gasket to damage or lose.  They are made in the US and should last several lifetimes.  I have the 921 and it works well for my needs, although if you can afford it and have the storage space, bigger is usually better.
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: buckfvr on October 09, 2019, 01:18:26 PM
I have an All American and would recommend them.  They all have both the jiggle weight and gauge which is handy as well as no gasket to damage or lose.  They are made in the US and should last several lifetimes.  I have the 921 and it works well for my needs, although if you can afford it and have the storage space, bigger is usually better.

We have this one, not the smallest or the biggest, but they are something you will pass down for genrations, made from a single billet.  Buck $ up and forget about it for ever.
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: jrebel on October 09, 2019, 01:23:46 PM
I have an All American and would recommend them.  They all have both the jiggle weight and gauge which is handy as well as no gasket to damage or lose.  They are made in the US and should last several lifetimes.  I have the 921 and it works well for my needs, although if you can afford it and have the storage space, bigger is usually better.

We have this one, not the smallest or the biggest, but they are something you will pass down for genrations, made from a single billet.  Buck $ up and forget about it for ever.

This is the exact unit I was considering but was curious about the size?  How many quart jars can you fit in it?  In the same line, I was looking at the 30 quart because it is only $70 bucks more.  Jumping to the 40 quart is $200 more. 
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: buckfvr on October 09, 2019, 01:33:11 PM
I just went out and checked ours.....we also have the model 921.  It is in my shop on a standard burner range as our in the house range top is glass.....

921 HOLDS 21 1/2 quarts water (19 pints or 7 quart jars), so Im sure the 30 quart model holds 30 quarts of water capacity and does not hold 30 quart jars, a little misleading until you think about it.
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: fishngamereaper on October 09, 2019, 03:03:04 PM
30 is plenty big.. I run a presto and an all American and no issues with either one....
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: Buckmark on October 09, 2019, 03:12:46 PM
Here is a thread from a few years ago, also some good threads in the cooking section on canning meat, venison etc from years ago
https://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,166720.0.html
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: jrebel on October 09, 2019, 03:33:31 PM
Here is a thread from a few years ago, also some good threads in the cooking section on canning meat, venison etc from years ago
https://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,166720.0.html

Thanks for posting the link.  Just read it and figure the "All American" 30 qt may be the way to go.  Not really sure why the presto's are so much cheaper though....that is perked my interest.
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: Fl0und3rz on October 09, 2019, 03:39:09 PM
I believe the Prestos are cast or stamped aluminum.  Someone upthread noted the All American are billet.
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: MR5x5 on October 09, 2019, 06:32:32 PM
Or go with an All American 1925X so when you decide to start growing mushrooms you will also have a pressure sterilizer.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/All-American-Pressure-Steam-Sterilizer-1925X-25qt-24-Liter/222879743917?epid=1795817741&hash=item33e4aaffad:g:8KMAAOSwQUVaps6C
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: KFhunter on October 09, 2019, 07:15:36 PM
I'm in a different camp than the "bigger is better" or getting one huge all American. 


I'd rather have two prestos, or even three.   Two decent sized ones like their 23 quart models, and a smaller one.   
Easier to move, quicker to heat, and you can run them in stages.

You get a big All American loaded up and it takes f.o.r.e.v.e.r to stabilize the temp inside and actually start your pressurized countdown, the presto's will already be rocking. 

My advice is start with a single 23 QT presto, if you find yourself wishing you had a bigger one just get two or three and assembly line them, or by then you might really know you want that all american 40qt, but the good thing is you'll have that smaller presto for smaller batches.   

Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: Fl0und3rz on October 09, 2019, 07:17:14 PM
Fair point.
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: HUNTINCOUPLE on October 09, 2019, 07:33:32 PM
Been running Prestos for years. Bi Mart sells them cheap and they have parts such as seals for them if needed. As stated they heat up fast and perk right along.
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: RB on October 09, 2019, 07:58:25 PM
I'm in a different camp than the "bigger is better" or getting one huge all American. 


I'd rather have two prestos, or even three.   Two decent sized ones like their 23 quart models, and a smaller one.   
Easier to move, quicker to heat, and you can run them in stages.

You get a big All American loaded up and it takes f.o.r.e.v.e.r to stabilize the temp inside and actually start your pressurized countdown, the presto's will already be rocking. 

My advice is start with a single 23 QT presto, if you find yourself wishing you had a bigger one just get two or three and assembly line them, or by then you might really know you want that all american 40qt, but the good thing is you'll have that smaller presto for smaller batches.   



 :yeah:

When we were doing 300 plus pounds of Tuna for multiple families, we had up to six of the Presto pressure canners going in series, so when one was done we were loading more cans in and getting it going!
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: lokidog on October 09, 2019, 10:14:30 PM
I can on a glass stove top, it's not an issue. Just an FYI.

I have the Presto 23 as well as a smaller Mirro with only a weight for a gauge. I like the dial gauge but would agree with someone who posted that a canner that will take a double stack of pint jars would be nice.
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: 300rum on October 10, 2019, 05:47:03 AM
I went with the All American 921 a few years back and just bought a second one this canning season.  I am guesstimating that we did around 400+ jars just in the pressure canners this year, not including the water bath stuff.  The 921 is a little heavy, I wouldn't go with the bigger sizes, you just add weight and reduce where it can be stored without getting that much more performance. 

There seems to always be a good deal on a used 921 on CL in the "seattle" area.  Familiarize yourself on what the newer models look like but also know that you can still buy parts that fit and upgrade the older style. 

Probably the most popular thing in our home is the ready to eat soups.  We have found a few soups that we like and we have them canned and ready to go.  I will take them hunting with me, we take them on family camping trips and anywhere else where we need to have a meal.  I keep a small stove in the rigs with us and disposable utensils.  We probably sound like some kind of hipppie but we have stopped eating out for the most part, especially at any fast food type restaurants, it just makes us feel terrible afterword.  Everything in the jar besides the salt and other spices comes from our property, not gut bombs while traveling!             
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: rasbo on October 10, 2019, 10:26:21 AM
All American 930,gets a lot done.we do all our canning in the garage on a camp chef.works great
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: Twispriver on October 11, 2019, 12:10:13 AM
I have a Presto 17 quart that only does a single layer of pints and a 23 quart that holds a double layer of pints with room to spare. The 23 quart takes much longer to heat up and cool down so I only use it when I'm going to fill it up but it's nice to have when processing green beans and other vegetables that we do in large quantities. The 17 quart is probably 25 years old and has been through a couple of new gasket kits but I can a lot of food with it still.
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: EyeTooth on October 11, 2019, 12:25:24 AM
We use the Presto 23 quart for canning tuna. Brady's Oysters out side of Westport sells 10 oz oyster jars, 48 to a case. 24 of these jars fit perfectly into the cooker.
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: Smokepole on October 11, 2019, 06:43:48 AM
The All American 930 is the size to get.  You can cook 14 quarts of venison stew in one batch.  The stew is to die for.  We have both the Presto 23 and the All American 930, and use the 930 most of the time.  No gaskets to replace and is heavy duty enough to use on an outside propane burner.  Presto recommends not using propane with their pots. 

Pony up and get the AA 930.  You won't be sorry you got one!
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: Magnum_Willys on October 11, 2019, 07:43:42 AM
Smokepole - care to share ur stew recipe? Thx
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: Sitka_Blacktail on October 11, 2019, 08:54:16 AM
The All American 930 is the size to get.  You can cook 14 quarts of venison stew in one batch.  The stew is to die for.  We have both the Presto 23 and the All American 930, and use the 930 most of the time.  No gaskets to replace and is heavy duty enough to use on an outside propane burner.  Presto recommends not using propane with their pots. 

Pony up and get the AA 930.  You won't be sorry you got one!

I'm with you. We have two 930s.
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: Fl0und3rz on October 11, 2019, 11:35:59 AM
The All American 930 is the size to get.  You can cook 14 quarts of venison stew in one batch.  The stew is to die for.  We have both the Presto 23 and the All American 930, and use the 930 most of the time.  No gaskets to replace and is heavy duty enough to use on an outside propane burner.  Presto recommends not using propane with their pots. 

Pony up and get the AA 930.  You won't be sorry you got one!

Venison stew is the best.  Ham and beans is another good one.  Both reheat great.  Spaghetti sauce is another that cans great and has long shelf-stable life.
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: Smokepole on October 13, 2019, 06:08:10 AM
Smokepole - care to share ur stew recipe? Thx

I make a simple stew recipe.  You can add stuff to it like frozen corn or peas etc.  The venison makes its own gravy and is fork tender in the jar after canning.  Here's what I add to the jar, meat at the bottom and working my way up the jar.  All ingredients are raw packed.

1 cup diced venison meat 1" cubes
1 cup diced potatoes
1 cup diced carrot
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove minced garlic (optional)
1 t salt
1/2 t ground black pepper

Add ingredients to 1 quart mason jars.  Pack tightly.  Add more spuds or carrots as needed to fill the jar.  Can't get too many spuds.  Fill jars with boiling water, leaving 1/2" head space.  Slide a plastic utensil inside the jars to remove trapped air bubbles.  Cap the jars with lids and rings.  Using instructions for your pressure cooker, process the jars for 1 1/2 hours at 15 lbs. pressure ( at my elevation). 10 lbs. at sea level.

Sometimes we heat and eat the stew right from the jar.  Other times we add more vegetables when we heat it up to make it stretch.  Good stuff!  I highly recommend getting the Ball Blue Book for canning info.  -Smokepole   


Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: jrebel on October 13, 2019, 06:21:29 AM
All American 930 ordered and should be here Tuesday.  Decided on the All American because I will be using a gas / propane burner and storage concerns are not an issue for my set up.  Figured bigger is better and if I need a smaller one at a later date, I would add a 21-23 qt presto to the mix.  Let the canning begin!!!!! 

Thanks for all the responses.   :tup:
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: Magnum_Willys on October 13, 2019, 06:27:21 AM
Thk you Smokepole!  Gonna try canning some.   :EAT:
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: Smokepole on October 13, 2019, 03:35:30 PM
All American 930 ordered and should be here Tuesday.  Decided on the All American because I will be using a gas / propane burner and storage concerns are not an issue for my set up.  Figured bigger is better and if I need a smaller one at a later date, I would add a 21-23 qt presto to the mix.  Let the canning begin!!!!! 

Thanks for all the responses.   :tup:

Jrebel, I'm sure you know it's best to keep the propane down around medium/low for pressure canning.  Not a good idea to fire up the crab cooker on high, which could damage the pot.  Also, I found working inside a garage keeps the wind from being a factor, cooling down the vessel.  Enjoy.   :tup:
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: KFhunter on October 13, 2019, 03:39:40 PM
All American 930 ordered and should be here Tuesday.  Decided on the All American because I will be using a gas / propane burner and storage concerns are not an issue for my set up.  Figured bigger is better and if I need a smaller one at a later date, I would add a 21-23 qt presto to the mix.  Let the canning begin!!!!! 

Thanks for all the responses.   :tup:

awesome, I've used one and it's for sure a great canner  :tup:
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: jrebel on October 13, 2019, 03:51:22 PM
All American 930 ordered and should be here Tuesday.  Decided on the All American because I will be using a gas / propane burner and storage concerns are not an issue for my set up.  Figured bigger is better and if I need a smaller one at a later date, I would add a 21-23 qt presto to the mix.  Let the canning begin!!!!! 

Thanks for all the responses.   :tup:

Jrebel, I'm sure you know it's best to keep the propane down around medium/low for pressure canning.  Not a good idea to fire up the crab cooker on high, which could damage the pot.  Also, I found working inside a garage keeps the wind from being a factor, cooling down the vessel.  Enjoy.   :tup:

Thanks for the tips.  This will be my first time pressure canning anything.  I will be doing quite a bit of reading over the next few weeks in preparation for canning deer and moose. 
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: Smokepole on October 13, 2019, 07:44:31 PM
Alaska Fairbanks Extension has a great youtube channel.  Tons of great videos for the sportsman.  Here's one of them on the basics of pressure canning, featuring the All American pressure canner. 

Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: NRA4LIFE on October 14, 2019, 12:25:09 PM
If you haven't already bought it, this little kit is a very useful thing to have:

https://www.amazon.com/Norpro-Canning-Essentials-Boxed-Piece/dp/B0000DDVMH
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: jrebel on October 25, 2019, 07:10:26 PM
Canned 14 quarts of deer meat last night.  I did the raw pack method with only adding 1/2 tsp of salt.  Just opened the first jar tonight to taste it and it is amazing.  Cannot believe this is the first time I have ever been exposed to canned venison.  Everyone should give this a try......pot roast in a can.   :tup: :tup: :tup: :tup:
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: KFhunter on October 25, 2019, 09:54:48 PM
you can eat it with crackers right out the jar  :chuckle:   :tup:
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: Smokepole on October 28, 2019, 06:17:10 AM
Canned 14 quarts of deer meat last night.  I did the raw pack method with only adding 1/2 tsp of salt.  Just opened the first jar tonight to taste it and it is amazing.  Cannot believe this is the first time I have ever been exposed to canned venison.  Everyone should give this a try......pot roast in a can.   :tup: :tup: :tup: :tup:

  :yeah:. You can't beat it!
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: Flaming Antler Outdoors on November 01, 2019, 09:49:43 AM
here is a video I made using my ALL AMERICAN which I love.  Funny thing is I have never done venison.  Some of my buddies have and told me it's awesome too so I need to do that asap and try it out. 


Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: Angry Perch on November 01, 2019, 01:28:59 PM
Canned 14 quarts of deer meat last night.  I did the raw pack method with only adding 1/2 tsp of salt.  Just opened the first jar tonight to taste it and it is amazing.  Cannot believe this is the first time I have ever been exposed to canned venison.  Everyone should give this a try......pot roast in a can.   :tup: :tup: :tup: :tup:

I felt the same way. Warm it up in a pan and serve with noodles, rice, potatoes,??? Tastes like you've been cooking all day!
Title: Re: Best pressure canner to purchase??
Post by: HellsBelle on February 23, 2020, 04:13:28 PM
I like my presto, but mainly because I have a flat top stove, and it's one of the few safe for my stove. Other heavier scanners can crack the glass.