If you have ever made jams or jellies, you know that you simply put the jars in a boiling water bath for a certain time for the lid to seal. This works when you are cannning foods that are acidic, but it will not stop spoilage in non-acidic foods. All vegetables and meats need to be placed in pressure canners in order to get them to a high enough temperature to kill the bacteria that can grow in them.
Presto offers a 23 quart canner for approximately $ 79. This is a well-known brand that has been in business since 1905. People all across the United States have learned to trust the Presto brand.
This particular canner is seventeen inches deep and 15 and one-half inches in diameter. It is made from heavy duty aluminum which will stand up under the toughest canning season you can imagine. The biggest advantage is that it is not only a pressure canner, but it is, also, a pressure cooker. That means you can use it for regular meals as well.
The short, plastic handles are made in such a way that they stay cool to the touch during the canning process. The lid locks tightly to prevent leakage, and it comes with a pressure regulator, an easy to read dial gauge and a releasable plug that will blow in the event that the pressure inside the cooker becomes too high.
This particular canner comes with a cannning rack that goes in the bottom of the canner to protect the jars from bumping together during cannning. It includes a recipe book with complete instructions on how to prepare and can different foods and specific recipes you can use. It holds 19 pint jars or 7 quart jars.
Pressure canners are a great investment. You will be able to preserve fresh fruits and vegetables without the added preservatives. They will help you maintain your health and save you time and money, too.