Presto Pressure Canner and Cooker

For anyone who is interested in preserving food safely, the Presto Pressure Canner and Cooker takes the guesswork out of home canning.


Review: Presto Pressure Canner and Cooker

Published 13:14 pm

I've long been interested in growing my own fruits, vegetables and herbs. Even though I have only a small garden plot, the bounty of produce that comes from it is often greater than our combined appetites. In the past, friends, family and coworkers have been the grateful recipients of our overabundant plants. The rest, unfortunately, was left for squirrels to scavenge or to rot.

The canning of food was once considered a necessity for farmers and city folk alike. These days, canning food at home is truly a labor of love, and can extend the life of your homegrown produce.

Not many years ago, I began canning my garden tomatoes as a way of trying to save some of the harvest for use later. As a child growing up, I had watched my grandmother doing it, but these days canning seemed to be a lost art, especially in a world of supermarkets full of quick and easy ready-to-microwave entrees. Still, as a lover of homegrown tomatoes, I was interested in tasting some of that delectable juiciness in the dead of the winter months.

There are many web sites available that have recipes and helpful tips for canning. At first, I preserved my tomatoes by canning them in glass jars using the boiling water bath method. This entails preparing the fruit or vegetable and then processing in a large pot by boiling at 212 degrees or more for a certain amount of time, usually around 15 minutes for tomatoes. Canning is necessary to kill the bacteria which are present in all food.

The boiling water bath, the method of choice for my grandmother, is a somewhat risky venture. There is always the possibility that the attempt at preserving is not successful. Some reasons for failure to properly can include weak or old jars, uneven rim edges, bent lids or debris inadvertently left on the rim, therefore causing a bad seal. If food is not properly preserved, it is necessary to use it immediately before bacteria has a chance to grow, thus causing the bigger problem of botulism.

Last year, I canned several dozen jars of tomatoes and hot peppers, and this year looked to be even more productive. With that in mind, I decided to take the plunge and invest in a pressure canner/cooker.

First of all, the Presto Pressure Canner and Cooker is a massive and well-built pot. It comes equipped with a pressure dial gauge, pressure regulator, and canning-cooking rack. The dial gauge, which is important in measuring the exact amount of pressure inside the canner, should be checked yearly by the local county extension office to make certain it is working properly.

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Among one of the smaller canners, the 23-quart model can comfortably preserve 7 quarts, 10 pints or 12 half-pints at a time with room to spare. When filled to capacity with jars of tomatoes and water, the canner is too heavy for me to lift, which is a good thing because Presto does not recommend lifting or moving the canner after the canning operation. Sliding it on stove burners could cause damage to the bottom of the canner, or can damage your cook top. In addition, it is dangerous to lift a pot that hot that weighs that much. After the canning operation, the contents of the canner must cool down gradually. This sometimes takes several hours. Pressure inside must subside before jars are taken out and stored, and the canner thoroughly cleaned.

The accompanying manual is easy to read, with technical information on using the canner, and includes suggested processing times for various fruits and vegetables. Canned food is broken into two different types based on acidity, and the processing time is dependent on the type of food being preserved. In addition to commonly canned items, like fruits and vegetables, it is also possible to can seafood and fish, meats, and poultry. Pressure canning is the only safe method for preserving these types of foods. I have also canned homemade bean soup, pickles and spaghetti sauce.

In addition to its job as a canner, the Presto Canner and Cooker can be used to pressure cook food, including desserts. By the looks of the recipes included, the amount of food that can be prepared in the pressure cooker would be more than enough to feed a small army.

Accessories can be purchased for the Presto Canner and Cooker, including a tempered glass cover, a colander cover and a steamer basket. These items can be ordered from Presto's web site.

For anyone who is interested in preserving food safely, the Presto Pressure Canner and Cooker takes the guesswork out of home canning.

Bestselling Presto Pressure Canner and Cooker Products in 2021


Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker

Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • The only method recommended safe by the US Department of Agriculture for canning vegetables, meats, poultry, and seafood
  • Doubles as a boiling-water canner for preserving fruits, jams, jellies, pickles, and salsa; Handy as a large capacity pressure cooker
  • Constructed of warp-resistant heavy-gauge aluminum for fast, even heating; Works on regular and smooth-top ranges; Extended 12-year limited warranty
  • Deluxe pressure dial gauge registers the complete range of processing pressures; This precise measurement is especially important at higher altitudes
  • Extra-large size is great for big canning jobs; Includes canning/cooking rack and complete 76-page instruction and recipe book

Presto 01755 16-Quart Aluminum canner Pressure Cooker, One Size, Silver

Presto 01755 16-Quart Aluminum canner Pressure Cooker, One Size, Silver
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • Designed for easy, confident home pressure canning.
  • The only safe method recommended by the USDA for canning vegetables, meats, poultry, and seafood.
  • Doubles as a boiling water canner for fruits, jams, jellies, pickles, and salsa in half-pint and pint jars.
  • Works on gas, electric, and Smooth-top ranges.
  • Deluxe pressure dial gauge registers precise processing pressures, which is especially important in high altitude areas.
  • Air vent/cover lock allows pressure to build only when the cover is closed properly and prevents the cover from being opened until pressure is safely reduced.
  • Handy as a large capacity pressure cooker for meats, poultry, soups, and desserts.
  • Durable heavy-gauge aluminum for long life and fast, even heating. Cooking/canning rack.
  • Easy-to-follow 80-page instruction/recipe book for canning and pressure cooking. Regular mason jar Capacity: 12 half-pints, 10 pints, or 7 quarts (half-pints and pints only for boiling water processing).
  • Extended 12-year limited warranty.
  • Designed for easy, confindent home pressure canning. The only method recommended safe for canning meats, vegetables, poultry and seafood.
  • Easy -to-read dial gauge registers a complete range of processing pressures.
  • Includes cooking/canning rack and complete instruction/recipe book.
  • Mason jar capacity: 12 half-pints; 10 pints; 7 quarts.
  • 13-1/4 by 14-1/2 by 11-3/4 inches; 12 year limited warranty.

Presto 01784 23-Quart Induction Compatible Pressure Canner, 23qt, Polished Aluminum

Presto 01784 23-Quart Induction Compatible Pressure Canner, 23qt, Polished Aluminum
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • Extra-large 23-quart induction compatible pressure canner.
  • Easy, confident home pressure canning—the only safe method recommended by the USDA for canning vegetables, meats, poultry, and seafood.
  • Doubles as a boiling water canner for fruits, jams, jellies, pickles, and salsa
  • Heavy-gauge aluminum with induction compatible stainless steel-clad base.
  • Works on gas, electric, smooth-top, and induction ranges.

T-fal Pressure Cooker, Pressure Canner with Pressure Control, 3 PSI Settings, 22 Quart, Silver - 7114000511

T-fal Pressure Cooker, Pressure Canner with Pressure Control, 3 PSI Settings, 22 Quart, Silver - 7114000511
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • 22 quart polished aluminum stovetop canner and pressure cooker with a deluxe pressure gauge dial
  • Selective pressure control with 3 cooking pressure options: 5, 10 or 15 PSI; overpressure steam release safety components
  • Heavy gauge, rustproof aluminum construction; sure locking lid system; pressure monitoring device built into handle
  • Includes 2 canning racks to hold 16 pint size jars or 26 half pint size jars when double stacked or 7 quart size jars
  • Cooking rack and recipe book included; limited warranty (10 year canner; 1 year replacement parts); Suitable for Gas and Electric Coil Stovetop only

Presto 9915 Pressure Cooker/Canner Overpressure Plug

Presto 9915 Pressure Cooker/Canner Overpressure Plug
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • The product is Over Pres Plug
  • Easy and simple use kit
  • The product is manufactured in China
  • Presto 9915 Over Pressure Plug Replaces parts 82117 & 33804.
  • Used on Presto cookers and canners built after 1977
  • Steam is automatically released by the overpressure plug if the vent pipe becomes clogged and excess pressure cannot be released normally.

Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker (Renewed)

Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker (Renewed)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • The only method recommended safe by the US Department of Agriculture for canning vegetables, meats, poultry, and seafood
  • Doubles as a boiling-water canner for preserving fruits, jams, jellies, pickles, and salsa; Handy as a large capacity pressure cooker
  • Constructed of warp-resistant heavy-gauge aluminum for fast, even heating; Works on regular and smooth-top ranges; Extended 12-year limited warranty
  • Deluxe pressure dial gauge registers the complete range of processing pressures; This precise measurement is especially important at higher altitudes
  • Extra-large size is great for big canning jobs; Includes canning/cooking rack and complete 76-page instruction and recipe book

Presto 09907 Pressure Canner Sealing Ring

Presto 09907 Pressure Canner Sealing Ring
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • The sealing ring fits around the inside rim of the cover and forms a pressure tight seal between the cover and the body of the pressure canner during canning and cooking
  • Application: For forms a pressure tight seal between cover and body during cooking
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Fits Presto Pressure Canner models: 01/CA16A, 01/CA16H, 01/CA21A, 01/CA21H, 21, 21AV, 21B, 21S, 7, 7AV, 7B, 7S, CA16, CA16H, CA21, CA21H

Presto 09985 Pressure Canner Sealing Ring

Presto 09985 Pressure Canner Sealing Ring
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • Includes Overpressure Plug.
  • Fits Presto Pressure Canner models: 0174510, 175107, 0175510, 0178107