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. Presto 01781||2. Presto 01755||3. All American 930||4. Nesco DPC-9SS||5. Granite Ware F0730|
|Best Overall||Editor’s Choice||Best Large-Capacity Pressure Canner||Best Electric Pressure Canner|
|Dimensions (in.)||17.31 x 13.62 x 15.25||17.31 x 13.62 x 11.81||19 x 12.625||13.4 x 14.6 x 14.2||14.5 x 14.2 x 13.4|
|Material||Warp-resistant heavy-gauge aluminum, steel lid||Warp-resistant heavy-gauge aluminum, steel lid||Hand-cast aluminum||Stainless steel body, non-stick aluminum inner pot||Heavy gauge hard anodized aluminum, stainless steel lid|
|Handles||2 side stay-cool handles||2 side stay-cool handles||2 side handles and 1 phenolic top handle||2 side handles and 1 top handle||2 side stay-cool handles|
|Functions||Pressure canner, boiling-water canner, pressure cooker||Pressure canner, boiling-water canner, pressure cooker||Pressure canner, pressure cooker||Pressure canner, pressure cooker, steam cooker, slow cooker||Pressure canner, pressure steamer, pressure cooker|
|Jars||7 quart jars, or 20 pint jars, or 24 half-pint jars||7 quart jars, or 10 pint jars, or 12 half-pint jars||14 quart jars or 19 pint jars||4 quart jars, 5 pint jars, or 16 4 oz. jars||7 quart jars, or 8 pint jars, or 24 half-pint jars|
|Up to 20||Up to 20||5, 10, 15||10, 15||5, 10, 15|
|1 rack||1 rack||2 racks||1 rack and 1 removable condensation catcher||1 rack and 1 steamer insert|
|Warranty||12-year warranty||12-year warranty||1-year warranty||1-year warranty||Lifetime warranty|