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All American Pressure Canner Review
All American Canner
A Safe Way to Preserve Quality Food at Home
Are you tired of eating food with ingredients whose names you can’t even pronounce? Home canning can be a safe and economical way to preserve quality food at home. Canning your favorite or special produce can be a fulfilling experience and source of pride, especially when shared with friends and family. If you are looking to can meat, fish, poultry or vegetables, then you should use pressure canning as recommended by the U.S.D.A.
What to Look for When Buying a Pressure Canner
Naturally, when buying a pressure canner or cooker, you want to get the best quality available. It’s important for your own safety that you purchase one that has a sturdy and reliable sealing mechanism. A steam tight seal is critical to safely preserving food using a canner. Ideally you should look for a one that does not use a gasket, so that you can easily open and close the lid. Gaskets are unfortunately prone to failure and after a few years you may have difficulty getting a replacement part.
Selecting the right sized canner is also an important part of your purchase decision. Most manufacturer produce a wide variety of sizes to cater to differing needs. I’ve seen pressure canners that can hold as little as four standard quart jars and big ones that will hold up to 20 jars. Obviously, big pressure canner weigh a lot more than smaller ones. That may be an issue to consider; or just get your husband to help!
In any case, it’s probably better to err on the side of caution and get a slightly bigger one. They don’t cost that much more and you won’t be frustrated should you find that your small canner doesn’t have enough space. The most popular All American Pressure Canner is the 921 21 ½ Quart model. to see the various sizes available. Click here
What I Like About the All American 921 Pressure Canner
This American classic, made in Wisconsin, is precisely engineered and fabricated. As a result it doesn’t require any rubber or plastic gaskets or rings. These items are the first things to break down on any other pressure cooker/canner. Depending on the age and make in question, it may be impossible to get a replacement gasket. As a result, many people have to scrap an otherwise properly functioning canner.
The All American pressure canners/cookers avoid this problem by employing an exclusive "metal-to-metal" sealing system for a steam-tight seal. It costs more to manufacture a canner this way, but it is well worth it. All models also feature a precision machined pressure regulator weight for accurate pressure control. That’s important because you want to have an accurate way to judge the amount of pressure being generated, since it’s pretty much impossible to guess.
The Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry has been manufacturing ALL AMERICAN Pressure Cooker/Canners since 1930, so they obviously know a thing or two about making a good product. They are very committed to producing quality products and have won the prestigious Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award for 3 years.
I like buying products made here in America, and the fact that they are of such high quality makes it that much better.
What I Don’t Like About the All American 921 Pressure Canner
Really there is nothing not to like about this pressure cooker/canner. However, there are a couple of things of which you should be aware. This All American pressure canner is built for strength and longevity, and as some owners have commented, “It’s built like a tank”. That means that it’s heavy; weighing in at around 20 pounds when empty. It’s unlikely that you will fill it up on the counter and lug it over to the stove, so make sure it’s in its proper place before you begin.
You should also know that you will need at least 16 inches of clearance over your range. If you have an upper range or microwave oven, be sure to take measurements first before ordering. There are smaller models that you may wish to consider, if you don’t have the clearance.
If you have a glass top range, here’s something from the manual that you should be aware of: “ALL-AMERICAN Pressure Cooker/Canners are NOT recommended for use on glass top/flat ranges because its weight may cause the glass/ceramic to break. The diameter of the canner is also larger than most burners, and may cause heat to transfer outward and damage the surrounding surface.” Obviously, it’s only a concern if you have this type of range.
Where to Get the Best Price on an All American Pressure Canner
I’ve seen the All American 921 Pressure Canner offered on the internet at a prices up to over $350 (including shipping), but you can get a far better deal at Amazon. They have the lowest price that I’ve yet seen for this pressure canner.
What’s included with Your All American Pressure Canner
Every canner includes a complete manual on how to use the product, including pressure cooking recipes (you can do both cooking and canning with this model) as well as detailed canning instructions. If you’re a novice just getting started, I think that you’ll find there is more than enough information here for you. They’ve done such a good job on writing their manual and it shows.
What Others Are Saying About Their All American Canner
The All American 921 Pressure Canner has earned an amazing 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon. An outstanding 87% rate this canner at 5 stars while 7% rate it at 4 stars; which is a testament to the quality of this product. Here are just some of the comments:
“Well made in America”
“This is the Cadillac of PC's”
“All American 921 21-1/2 Quart built like a Tank”
“American made; worth every penny”
“American Made, American Quality”
“Best canner on the market.”
“Best you can buy.”
You can read more detailed reviews by owners of this product here. As of this writing there are close to 300 reviews on the different All American Models.