Best Pressure Cooker thinks this canner is excellent. It is very heavy, and you don’t have to worry about the rubber seal because there isn’t one.
With the thick aluminum walls, I have no problems at all. In fact, with such thick walls, I can put the burner on “high” and it will slowly build up pressure so I don’t have to stand over the stove and constantly monitor as the pressure increases.
Once at pressure, it is very easy to maintain the required pressure without having to constantly vent off excess pressure. The owner’s manual recommends one to four jiggles per minute. It takes longer for this canner to cool down than others due to the thick walls.
- 15-1/2-quart pressure cooker/canner holds 10 pint jars or 7 quart jars
- Made of durable, hand-cast aluminum with attractive satin finish
- Exclusive “metal-to-metal” sealing system for a steam-tight seal; no gaskets
- Geared steam gauge, automatic overpressure release; settings of 5 psi, 10 psi, and 15 psi
- 7-1/2 inches high with 12-1/2-inch inside diameter; made in USA
In the Best Pressure Cooker review we had no problems with the lid sticking or seating. Olive oil is recommended as the greaser of choice, followed by Vaseline. I used olive oil & simply followed the instructions as to where to apply it.
It is also recommended that as soon as the gauge reads “0″ you remove the lid. This will also help to keep the lid from sticking because of the vacuum that will be created as the contents cool.
Before loosening the lid, we removed the pressure weight control and allowed any excess steam to escape. Even at a reading of “0″ some steam came out.
A few things to bear in mind. Because the wall is so thick, it takes a while for it to heat up (and cool off). Best Pressure Cooker would recommend when you first use it for the day that you use pre-heated water and start heating the pot just before you need it simply to save some time.
Also, if you are going to can, plan on doing a few batches to take advantage of the pot’s thermodynamics.
When doing the Best Pressure Cooker we decided on this size pot, rather than the 21 qt simply because I am using this only for canning. Both pots hold 7 quarts and are the same diameter, but the shorter height of this unit means I’m not pressurizing a lot of extra & unneeded space. Just something to think about when you’re deciding the Best Pressure Cooker to purchase =). Learn more about various pressure cooker models.