Growing up at home, my mom canned all through Summer and Fall as the goodies from the garden and the local Amish shops were ready for preserving throughout the winter. She instilled in me both knowledge of how to preserve the harvest, as well as a desire to eat healthy, nutritious and homemade foods. My mom is a great candidate for teaching these things – she has a Food Science degree from Purdue University, and has worked as a school cafeteria manager for many years in a public school until my sister was born. When my sister started to go to school, my mom worked (and still does!) as the cafeteria manager of my sister’s small parochial school.
The last few years the only canning I have done has been at my parents’ house and was really more like helping my mom can and getting to take some jars home for my efforts. This year, my husband and I decided we were ready to take on the canning business head-first. So we shopped around for canners. One day while we were at my parents’ house talking about canners, my mom suggested that we get the Presto canner, the same one that she has had for years. It was the main contestant in our own search for a canner, so we were happy that she – being the professional – agreed. In fact, my parents actually ended up buying me the canner for my birthday!
Some of our favorite qualities about Presto canners are the the flat bottom, the guage, and the instruction book. This pressure cooker is made of extra strong alumninum, and the bottom is flat, which means it can be used both on my gas range and my mom’s AGA (if you have never heard of one of these always on, cast iron cooking beasts, I highly suggest that you check out the link – they are AWESOME!). The guage is super easy to read, and when the baby needs something I can even send my hubby in to read it and he doesn’t have to spend time figuring it out to read it to me – you know how husbands can be, if it’s not in black and white up front and center the answer is “uhhhhhhhh”. The instruction book also includes a ton of recipes that I love, it gives you a lot of ideas both for canning with a pressure cooker and also for cooking foods with a pressure cooker. I love it!
I have canned peaches, refried beans and a ton of pickles in it – I use mine as a pressure cooker, pressure canner and a water bath canner. I really enjoy it, and I’d love to share it with you. I’ve been invited to start an OpenSky shop, and the very first product that I’m going to sell on my shop is the Presto 16-quart pressure canner. It holds 7 quarts jars or 10 pint jars, and it’s the one I and my professional cook Mom use!
To purchase the Presto 16 quart canner on my OpenSky shop for $89, just click the link below.
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