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146 reviews | 4.7 out of 5
This is a great canner- I was undecided about getting this size or the larger, but I'm glad I chose this- any larger & I would have had trouble lifting it. When the jars are loaded along with the water plus the weight of the canner, some serious muscle is required to lift this off the stove- and you MUST lift it off the burner after processing is finished. Also, it is HOT (duh!) so you can't rely on leaning it against your body to help take some of the weight off your arms/hands - the handles are large & stay nice & cool so you have plenty to hold on to. So if you are thinking about the larger size, keep the weight in mind as you might really be sorry about being able to add those extra jars when it comes time to remove this from the stovetop.
Drawback to the smaller size of course is having to process smaller batches, but I'd rather do this than have an accident with a hot canner I can't lift. My plan is to buy another of the 16 Quart size for doing larger batches- the canner takes appx. 30 min. to cool down before you can open it- rather than sitting around waiting on it I would like to be able to keep going & get done with those larger jobs....by having 2 smaller units, one could be being filled/processed while the other cooled & this cycle repeated which would make large jobs go a LOT faster.
One other thing- instructions say canner can fit 10 pint jars at a time- now I don't know who came up with that estimate but they must have smashed 2 of the jars to get them inside...the MAX pint jars that will fit in this is 8 - anymore & you will need to fit them inside in pieces!
Overall, this is a well made canner that should last many years with proper care. Instructions are well-written & easy to understand, & have processing times for MANY different fruits & veggies (as well as meats) in the back of the book. If you are new to canning, you will find that this canner is easy to set up & use by following the instruction book. If you are a seasoned pro. you will love this canner!
This is the first pressuer canner I have owned. I found the product to be all it was advertized and more. I wanted a unit I could use both for water bath and pressure canning, it does both very well, gave me confidence in my limited canning abilities, it was great fun. I bought the canner to can tomatoe meat sauce. The instruction book also contained a reciepe for bread and butter pickels, I tried it and they are great. Thanks to Wal-Mart for a great price and a terrific product. Multiple pressure settings with weighted balance makes this unit perfect for canning different food products. Anyone doing home canning can't go wrong purchasing this canner. Well built heavy gauge alumn, will last a lifetime.
I was looking for a pressure cooker for canning produce from our garden, as well I wanted to be able to cook some of the recipes my mom and grandma use to make: Stuffed Cabbage, Corned beef and cabbage and several others that my small pressure cooker would not handle. Perfect size for making meals that I can now freeze and eat through the winter ... if they last that long :).
I would recommend this product for anyone needing a pressure cooker for durability and ease of use. The 3 levels of pressure are easy to change and it is not too small and not too big, great for home canning and large family dinners, cooked quick ...always tender. And after a lot of searching all over the internet the price beats out the competition and by far the best value for your money!
No fancy bells and whistles, just a good basic canner. On average this hold around 7 quart jars for me. About 9 pints. Great for small batches at a time. No need to sit and watch a pressure gauge as this one goes purely by the weight you put on the nipple. Fancy gauges are really unneeded and are an extra expense to replace. It's a good idea to have an extra gasket with any pressure canner handy but pressure gauges are just silly. I was going to order one from this site until I discovered my local Walmart had one in stock already. A good price and value for the small gardener or for someone buying meat in bulk to save money. The pressure gauge on my fancy one went bad and I didn't want to spend fifty bucks on another gauge. I've canned stew meat, veggies, ham and beans, bacon, chicken soup, you name it. Can also be used as a water bath canner. Very pleased with mine and may purchase another one for large batches. Much better than having to replace pressure gauges every couple of years.
Works very well. Seems to be heavy duty. Pot is not too thin to heat well. Handles and locking feel sturdy. Have canned green beans, salsa, pickles and jelly already this year with no problems.
This is a great, heavy duty, simiple to use canner. Great for beginners or the seasoned canner. You will not regret this purchase. Also just for those who may not know, this type of weighted guage is the best in my opinion. The dial type has to be checked for accuracy every so often (and who knows to take it to anyways). I don't feel like that type is safe, and the weighted type is good-to-go from now on. Finally, this canner has heavy lockdown clasps and a lock handle that makes it safe to use and an overpressure plug that would pop out just in case. Never had a problem with this canner. I'd buy it again.
This Presto pressure cooker is big enough to handle all the jams 'n jellies and pickles you'd ever want to can. I use it primarily for making our pet's food - such large batches means less time spent doing so! It's not as heavy as it looks, the handles are easy to hold, cleans easily and stays pretty and shiney! There's a double folded rubber seal unlike my 32 yr old presto pressure cooker I still use - which I think is a much better and perhaps safer feature. The optional 5 lb, 10 lb, and 15 lb pressure regulator is a new feature to me and I'm sure I'll use it too! Terrific product. Very happy with my purchase!
This model can be used to water bath can pints or half-pints only, not quarts, per the included manual. I've made several different kinds of pickles and tested the pressure canner by doing a couple of pints of veggies. I have a flat top stove and it works fine. I like this much better than a pressure canner with a gauge because the gauge should be calibrated every year and this one will work without needing to be calibrated. I like that I can use one pot to either pressure can or water bath can. It was also very affordable compared to other pressure canners.
I chose to purchase this model of Presto pressure canner because I needed a small canner that would operate on my glass-top cooktop. Also, I previously owned a much larger Presto with rocker pressure control and was very happy with my previous canner - on a different stove. The canner arrived several weeks ago and has already been used to pressure can two batches of vegetables and also to water bath can several batches of tomato sauce - all in pint size jars. If you want to do large batches of water bath canning, I would recommend a larger unit or a proper water bath canner if your stove will allow it...this model can't be used to water bath anything larger than pint size jars - however, it will pressure can quarts. I am pleased with my purchase and would recommend it to a small family or for use on a glass-top stove.
This is my third Presto pressure canner. All of these were purchased from Wal-Mart. They have the best price and best service. I can a lot in the summer months and it is good to have three. The pressure goes up quickly and it cools down quickly so the turn around time is fast. I have three gas burners set up on my deck along with tables to prepare produce to can. I can usually do 6 canners in a day which is 42 quarts per day. When canning vegetable soup that is very good as I can between 80 and 100 quarts each year and around 60-70 quarts of green beans. It is also very good to can chicken and vension in these pressure canners.
I bought this for a gift to teach my daughter how to pressure can. Having a natural gas range, the rocker-style of gauge is superior to the dial gauge in my opinion. The canner's instructions were clear enough for my daughter to use it if I was not there to answer any questions. It looks to be quite durable and should give my daughter many years of use. The gasket is easily replaced, as are the other parts that may wear through the years. The instructions did not have you do a test-run first, which I would highly recommend one do first to see how the canner works. I may get myself one, liking the smaller size. I was given the next size up of the Presto pressure canner by a friend recently, making smaller batches a bother to do.
I was disappointed that this canner cannot be used as a hot water bath for quart jars. It is about an inch too short. It will only allow you to do pint jars in a hot water bath.
I couldn't get the stars to work right. I would have given it more. I love a lot of things about this canner. It's easy to use, cleans up good, works great as a pressure cooker, etc. The only thing I was disappointed about is that when you use it for a boiling water method canner, as it states you can, you cannot use quart jars. The canner isn't tall enough to hold that much water.
The safety features are reassuring. This was a great canner for my first season of canning, but I will get a bigger one for next year.
I searched every where to find an "old timey" canner which used weights on the top. Being a young man, and not overly knowledgable in the kitchen, my sister told me this would be easiest and the most safe. I can my own deer meat, make canned stews, and other things. If I can use it, anyone can, very simple. Heavy duty design, and the best value on the market for around $60!
There's nothing like a wonderful low tech solution to get the job done. This canner is what my mother used for over 20 years, and I'm hoping it'll be part of my home at least that long. No need for a gauge, simple-easy instructions, and no guess work. It's light weight, easy to clean, and down right exacting when you pull out your first jars. It's nice to find an American made product!!!
This is the weighted gage, which I think is easier to use and safer than a dial gauge canner. There is also no need to get this calibrated annually like the other Presto model, and it's cheaper too! Great bargain, craftsmanship, etc. Recommended also for those of you with Over the Range Microwaves due to it's lower height. Please note that you can just do quarts using this as a pressure canner, not as a water batch canner. However, this is still dual purpose, and works great with either canning method.
i highly recommend this product not only for "canners" of maturity, but especially for the "newcomers" to the canning world. this product if most effecicent and very quiet while completing the process, unlike the canners in years gone by that very very noisy
hope you will all consider THIS ONE!!
I have used the canner several times now. I wanted to use it more than once before providing a review to make sure I was still pleased with the product. I had never done pressure canning before; only water-bath. The directions were excellent and the item was easy to use. I have used it to bottle vegetables, beef, chicken, and just to cook a roast. This canner at Walmart's price is a very good value.
Simple to use and works very well. 12 year warranty and made in the USA.
This is my first time canning and I have had great luck with this product. So far I have done pickles, green beans, salsa, and corn. The only complaint I have so far is that it is not recommended for this canner to process quart jars in the water bath. I knew this but tried it anyway and while messy, my 2 pickle jars did seal! I wouldn't do it again, however, because I don't want to risk spoiling my food and the water splashed out of the lid because it had to be SO full. For my uses and medium sized home garden, I would definitely choose this product again as it seems sturdy and the weighted gauge is Very easy to use. Happy Canning!!