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All-American Pressure Canners & Cookers

All-American Pressure Canners & Cookers

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I have the model 921. Since I grow vegetables, I wanted to be able to preserve my crops and wanted something American made that doesn't use a rubber gasket. Think I paid around $220 several years ago, direct from the manufacturer. I don't remember the capacity, but it holds a double stack of pint jars, where most other canners don't. The All-American is made in Wisconsin, USA, from billet aluminum and uses no gasket. The only drawback is trying to get the lid off after a canning session. It requires prying with a small pry bar to break the seal. I've also got a Presto pressure canner, but that requires the gasket to be replaced sometimes and it doesn't hold nearly the amount of the 921. Also, Presto is made in China. It's fine for the money and it does the job, but the quality just isn't there. It's much thinner and does not have a gauge. The All-American canners look like industrial hardware and they are built like it.
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There certainly is "something in the manual about it". If you read it, you would have known what to do. I'm sorry to be so blunt, but the manual clearly tells you what to do to lubricate the the seal.
bootster1
Well I couldn't find the manual that came with it, but I found the pdf version online and sure enough, it's there. Thanks again.
I got the 25 qt model and I'm really happy about it. It was a great deal, I think I paid $230. I've long wanted to get a pressure cooker to make shelf-stable jars of food. Here's a heads-up, the capacity in quart jars is the same (7) for three sizes. I didn't realize this, and it's no big deal; the pint capacity is actually different between the three. However, I could've bought a size smaller for my needs and it wouldn't have mattered. Go to the All-American website and check it out. Or, like I didn't, don't. This thing is going to outlast me, no doubt.
Anybody pressure cook deep fried chicken in oil? What is the flashpoint for oil, where oil bursts into flames? This is all very dangerous, but if I can get KFC style pressure cooked fried chicken in 10 minutes, I'm down for the drop.
Spencerian
This is not the type of pressure vessel you want for cooking. You can use it for cooking, but it‘s clumsy for the task vs more modern pressure cookers and more dangerous. This one is designed for canning, and it’s the best on the market for that purpose, IMO. Those meant for pressure cooking have more safety features. I like the Fagor brand. Mine has redundant pressure release types and can even be opened (somewhat) safely under pressure. It isn’t MEANT to be opened under pressure, of course, but you’ll survive it if you do. Pressure CANNERS run higher pressure and the American locks the lid with a bunch of bolts which have to be locked down properly. Faster to cook - more pressure. Slower to release pressure and slower to open - you’ll likely miss your cooking time. While the American does have a weight with multiple pressures, it’s still slower to open and close. My fagor has ONE handle to close/lock/open. Easy-peasy.
Spencerian
Don't use a conventional pressure cooker/canner for pressure frying. If you do, you're effectively creating a bomb full of screamingly hot oil. Pressure fryers are another animal entirely, and the smallest you can probably get hold of would be catering size if not commercial/industrial.
Wondering if the manufacturers warranty covers use of this vessel to cryogenically freeze my head after--you know, like, after I'm gone?
RayF
Covered.
ChadMCarleton
Not that I'd be around to debate the issue should a problem arise...
For people that want to know what these hold in other sizes: http://www.allamericancanner.com/All-American-Pressure-Canners.htm
Not for absent-minded people!
Homeland Security will need a list of everyone who joins in on this ‘drop. No really... they are.
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I didn't know that bomb was made from a pressure cooker. Thanks.
Moristar
Obviously, I was only kidding about Homeland Security..., but it is true, pressure cookers like these have been and continue to be among the main components for bomb assembly. Let’s assume that for the sake of this ‘drop, everyone one is going to use their new (expensive) cooker only for food preparation and preservation :)
This has been one of my happiest purchases. Every inch is built like a tank, designed to be past down to your grandchildren. Beautiful, beyond sturdy, and designed flawlessly. Compare to Amazon prices, then grab one that best suits your needs.
The prices are different on the description page for the larger pots. One spot says the 41.5q is +$50 and then right below its +$170 for the 41.5q that's a huge difference in price.