Using a pressure cooker or a pressure canner is not hard. It isn’t scary. It’s very safe!
I currently use a Presto 23 quart canner and for the price, it’s hard to beat. I’ve had this one for about 8 years and use it a lot. Every other year or so (emphasis on ‘so’), I have it checked out at the county extension office to be sure the pressure regulator is accurate.
Once I get the gas stove .. maybe by tomato canning season this year . . I’ll probably get this one. I’m afraid to put that much weight on the glass top. It holds 14 quarts vs. the 7 quarts my current canner holds. Then, between the two canners, I can be canning 21 quarts at one time. Oh, that sounds heavenly! The gas stove probably won’t happen this canning season though. Today is Thursday. I had the fire department out here Monday for approval of the propane tank. I had the plumber out here Tuesday to tell me if the current plumbing lines will work. I’m still waiting on Vince to get a contractor out here. A propane tank and plumbing lines do no good without the room being finished! 🙁 I could call the contractor but Vince wants to talk to him and explain about the pole barn . . want to know where the pole barn rates on my priority list? Yep, you got that right. OK . . back to canning. I will be patient about the stove . . I’ve waited this long. No need ruffling feathers because one of us moves at warp speed and one moves at a snail’s pace.
If you’re wanting to get started canning, check around with your friends and see if they know someone who cans and maybe you could spend a day with them during canning season. It truly isn’t hard and except for a few foods that come to mind, I’d much rather have canned food that food in the freezer. First, I don’t have to worry about losing it if the power goes out. Second, food lasts longer if canned correctly, with no risk of freezer burn. Third, canned foods are mostly ready to eat when the can is opened. If I’m having to cook when the electricity is off, and using a camping stove or open fire, I can heat up a can of beans a whole lot more quickly than I can cook a package of frozen anything.
And, yes . . for naysayers, I’ll go to my grave believing that home canned food tastes 100% better than a storebought can of anything. But .. that’s just me! 🙂