All American Canner what size should I get?
I am new to pressure canning and before I invest in a canner I am trying to decide on the right size. I am pretty sure I would like to purchase an All American Canner.
I was told not to purchase anything smaller than a fifteen quart because it doesn't process enough at one time. I have a family of six and I'll will be canning a lot of meat.
The trouble is, I don't think my electric range will accomodate a 30 quart or larger model. I measured my range and I would need to have both the front and back burner on and the pot would have to sit off center--which doesn't seem safe!
Also, I am worried about damaging the stove knobs/clock and/or countertops. How do people use these "home" canners on their ranges? I've read customer reviews and no one seems to mention this as a problem.
I came across someone on the internet that used an outdoor propane cooker--like the ones you use for frying turkeys--but they seem a bit dangerous (I tried fried turkey once and will never do it again due to the danger)
My sister suggested I purchase an electric burner from Walmart, but I don't know if that will produce enough heat to bring the canner to the correct pressure/temp. Also, I don't have granite countertops and I would be afraid of damaging my corian.
Also, about how long from start to finish should I expect the canning process to take? I am only guessing, but would three hours seem about right to can 14 pints?
Please share your thoughts--Thank you in advance for your advice and help!