Preserving food at home, in a safe and easy manner, can be a real challenge for most people. While acidic food – like fruits, tomatoes, or pickles – can be canned in a hot water bath, low-acid foods – such as vegetables or meats – can only be preserved in a safe manner by using a pressure canner.
Failing to process the food at the right pressure can cause botulism food poisoning, which can be deadly. This bacterium can be only killed by canning the food at high temperatures – more than 185 degrees Fahrenheit – for at least 5 minutes.
For safely canning the food, you have 2 options. You can use a pressure canner or an electric pressure cooker with a canning function. Nevertheless, according to the National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP), established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) it is not recommended to use an electric pressure cooker for home canning. In general, pressure cookers are smaller in size and the process time for proper canning may be reduced. As a result, some microorganisms may survive.
In this article, we compared both pressure canners and pressure cookers wits a canning function. All of them promise to be highly efficient for home canning, so take your time and choose wisely.
Top 5 Comparison
|1. All American 930||2. Presto 01781||3. Granite Ware F0730||4. Nesco DPC-9SS||5. GoWise USA 12-in-1|
|BEST MODEL||OUR CHOICE|
|Dimensions (in.)||19 x 12.625||17.31 x 13.62 x 15.25||14.5 x 14.2 x 13.4||13.4 x 14.6 x 14.2||17 x 16 x 16|
|Color||Silver||Silver||Silver and black||Silver and black||Silver and black|
|Material||Hand-cast aluminum||Warp-resistant heavy-gauge aluminum||Heavy gauge hard anodized aluminum||Stainless steel body||Stainless steel body/non-stick ceramic coated pot|
|Steel lid||Stainless steel lid||Non-stick aluminum inner pot||Nnon-stick ceramic coated pot|
|Handles||2 side handles and 1 phenolic top handle||2 side stay-cool handles||2 side stay-cool handles||2 side handles and 1 top handle||2 side handles and 1 top handle|
|Functions||Pressure canner, pressure cooker||Pressure canner, boiling-water canner, pressure cooker||Pressure canner, pressure steamer, pressure cooker||Pressure canner, pressure cooker, steam cooker, slow cooker||Pressure cooker, slow cooker, canner, rice cooker, steamer, saute, yogurt maker, egg maker, warmer|
|Jars||14 quart jars, or 19 pint jars||7 quart jars, or 20 pint jars, or 24 half-pint jars||7 quart jars, or 8 pint jars, or 24 half-pint jars||4 quart jars, 5 pint jars, or or 16 4 oz. jars||N/A|
|5, 10, 15||Up to 20||5, 10, 15||10, 15||Up to 11.99|
|2 x racks||1 x rack||1 x rack||1 x rack||1 x rack|
|1 x steamer insert||1 x removable condensation catcher||2 x stackable baskets|
|1 x measuring cup|