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Electric Pressure Canner?

My pressure cooker/canner is not working well. So I need to get a new one before our garden starts producing this year.

When researching different types and models, I came across an electric pressure cooker (like the ones found here: http://canningpantry.com/electric-pressure-cookers.html).

Are these safe to use for canning? I would love to use something like this for canning. I think it would be a lot easier than dealing with my electric glass-top stove.

Thanks for your help.


Sharon's answer:

I took a look at the pressure cookers you referenced. They look like a fantastic tool to have for pressure cooking... but, I do not believe they are meant for pressure canning.

For a pressure cooker/canner to be safe for canning you must be able to process at least 4 quart jars. This is the smallest size that is safe.

The cookers you mentioned above do not say how many jars they would handle... and if they were safe for canning I'm pretty sure the seller would mention that.

EDIT TO ADD: I found this electric pressure cooker/canner. It does state that it holds 4 quart jars. You might want to check it out.

Fagor Electric Pressure Canner

Edited again:

A commenter pointed out that this is NOT an electric pressure canner..... and she is right. Sheesh don't know what I was seeing.

I've not found an electric pressure canner but if anyone else has, feel free to share here.

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Aug 21, 2014
Elite 8 Qt Electric Pressure Cooker NEW
by: Suz of Va

I purchased the Elite 8 Qt electric pressure cooker. I bought it primarily for canning. I have a small garden and quantities are small. So far I've done green beans and they've come out great. Also did pickles, but the processing time is so short that the seals did not seal. I would like to process tomatoes, jams, fruits, etc, but can't figure out if I can water bath in this machine. I called Maxi-Matic for guidance, but that was very poor. They kept referring me to the manual but the manual doesn't say much. One thing they did tell me was I could leave the air vent open and just use the machine like a water bath ( has any one done this)??? I would appreciate any information that anyone can give me. So far this machine works great and is easy to use, but I'd like to do more with it.
thank you: Suz

Aug 17, 2014
Pressure cookers and canners NEW
by: Pat

I have canned on and off for approximately years, my Husband and I decided to take a Canning and Preserving class put on at the local county extension office. I didn't realize after all these years that you couldn't use a pressure cooker like a pressure canner, probably due to all the years of doing water bath canning. I also learned that they do not recommend using any type of glass or ceramic top stove due to the fact that they do not reach a high enough temperature, another thing we learned just because we know people who do the Oven method.. they do not recommend taking that risk at all. This information came from a class that was put on by the County Extension office in the state of Iowa.

Aug 10, 2014
Elite pressure cooker/canner NEW
by: Kristy

Ok, so I have had mine for several months. Mine is the larger model that does hold 4 quart jars. Though the show you can can anything you actually can only safely can low acidic foods. I still love it and I'm thankful I purchased it but you still must can most foods the good old fashion way. I'm pretty sure I could can anything in it and for liability reasons they say (in tiny print in the manual) not to use to for pressure canning. With that being said I know tons of people who do things that aren't necessarily suppose to and are fine but I'm not risking feeding that to my kiddos. So the Elite pressure canned are great for a substitution for water bath canning but that is all.

Aug 10, 2014
canning in electric cooker NEW
by: Anonymous

If the electric cooker is not large enough to hold 4 quart jars seated on a rack inside the cooker with the lid sealed, NCHFP doesn't judge it large enough to qualify. The warm up and cool down periods are a part of tested recipe times, using a smaller canner voids those time and you are just using guess work pressure canning foods.

For those of you who are canning in the electric cookers, where is the dial or gauge, how are you verifying the pressure under which it is canning. Are you taking the manufacturers word for the operating PSI?

Aug 09, 2014
10qt Pressure Cooker NEW
by: Anonymous

HSN Has an Elite 10qt 8-function Pressure Cooker on special this weekend 8/9/14. 4 Colors...

Jul 27, 2014
power pressure cooker xl NEW
by: Rhonda

For the 1 who bought this cooker, do u like it & does it do the canning like infomercial shows? I seen this & thought about getting it but don't know of anyone who has tried it

Jul 09, 2014
Interesting read
by: Anonymous

Check out this site for information on pressure cookers vs pressure canners. http://housewares.about.com/od/pressurecookerscooking/f/pressurecookerversuspressurecanner.htm

Jun 20, 2014
Where to buy it?
by: Lindsay

I have been searching all over the place online for a 10qt electric canner and all I can find is 8 and 6. Mine and my dad's garden is huge this year and we have a ton of stuff we want to can and do not want to have to can quarts in the old school pressure cookers. Please can someone post a link as to where I can order one?

Jun 19, 2014
Power Pressure Cooker XL
by: Anonymous

This appliance doesn't meet the USDA recommendations for canning despite what its website says. The recommendation for using USDA pressure processes for low-acid foods is to use a canner that holds at least four (4) quart-size jars. If you look closely at the video it shows the person having to lay down a quart jar to even fit it into the cooker. The appliance has a volume of 6 qts. It takes at least a vessel of 10 qts to hold four quart-size jars upright. And how would you test if this thing actually reaches its proper temperature? Appliances do malfunction. Buyer beware.

Jun 19, 2014
Fagor Duo 10 qt pressure canner/cooker
by: Anonymous

I have the Fagor Duo 10 qt pressure canner/cooker. It holds four one-quart jars. Works great.

Jun 15, 2014
Ball Freshtech
by: Anonymous

I was recently in the market and almost bought the Ball until I learned that it is not a pressure canners. It only uses the water bath method and therefore can only be used for high acid foods. If you're looking for a pressure canner, look elsewhere. Especially with Ball's high price tag.

Jun 03, 2014
by: Anonymous

Ball has an electric pressure canner...but I think it only holds 3 quart jars and runs about $300. Look it up on their site.

May 29, 2014
RE: Ball Fresh Tech comment below
by: Terry

The Ball Fresh Tech is NOT a pressure canner. It uses a lower pressure in place of traditional water bath canning.

May 27, 2014
pressure canning
by: Anonymous

I just ordered the power pressure cooker XL and was wondering if anyone has done any canning in it? if so how was it? does it talk qt jars? I havent found
any one that has one to see how they like it. any info would be great.

thank you

May 15, 2014
I found one!
by: Kristy

I actually just bought an electric pressure cooker/canner that is 10Qt. I am so excited! It is the Elite Pressure Cooker. In the manual and everything it says it is safe for pressure canning! I sure hope it goes well!

May 01, 2014
Power Pressure Cooker XL
by: Anonymous

Great for canning. Wow it makes it so easy and fast. and every jar seals. Heats at 240 degrees compared to regular pressure canners at 210 degrees. Will not ever go back.

Apr 17, 2014
Electric Canner
by: Anonymous

FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System by Ball®

Mar 10, 2014
by: Anonymous

which is the best way to can or place in bottles
veggie soup tomato and beef soup?
and is there a way to produce about 5 cases a day?
Patrick no more junk from china!!

Oct 20, 2013
Electric Pressure Cooker
by: Deanne

I have a Nesco 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker, and in the User Manual it has instructions for using it as a Pressure Canner, and will hold anywhere from fourteen 1/2 pint jars to three quart jars at a time. So electric "canners" do exist, and do work!

Sep 24, 2013
by: Anonymous

Fagor is the company to check out...they make a line of Pressure Canners which are compatible with ALL surfaces including Induction.

My one issue is that they aren't praised by the professional world outside of the talking heads on Network TV. I'm not sure actual chefs and professional canners would recommend the product.

Aug 20, 2013
electric pressure cooker canning?
by: kay

I just bought a power cooker 6 qt. digital pressure cooker. Can I can jars of food in it? It has a button on the front of the cooker that says steam canning. That's all the info I have.
Please let me know if you can.

Jan 27, 2013
by: Cindy

I canned vegies,sauces,and fruit in my pressure cooker.I did 3 jars at a time for quarts jars and 4 jars for pints.added raw fruit,added hot sugar water that was at a simmer and I processed fruit for 8 min..Vegies I raw processed by adding boiling water for 15 min.. When I take out the product from the pressure cooker it is still bubbling.My sauces I also process for 15 minutes.I pack it boiling hot in the jars.After the first batch I keep the sauce at a simmer to keep it hot.When the time is up I take them out of the cooker and let them cool on a towel on my table. Everything turns out REALLY GOOD !!

Jan 11, 2013
Also was hoping to find programmable canner
by: sierraseven

I have been looking around for an electric programmable pressure canner, as the smaller pressure cookers of that type do look handy. But I haven't seen anything big enough to do any real canning in. Four quart jars per batch would just take too much time.

I am wondering why you say you won't have a gas appliance in your home - I have cooked on gas ranges for many years and much prefer them.

Jan 07, 2013
Electric Pressure Canners
by: Norm G

I am so frustrated! I, too, am looking for an electric pressure canner. I read they are available in Europe and Asia, but I can't find one in my country! (U.S.A.).

I am frustrated with range manufacturers that do not have pressure canner functionality with electric range/glass or ceramic top ranges. We just bought a new range and two months later found out we can't/shouldn't do pressure canning on top of ceramic stoves...and the manufacturer (a big one) said "no".

Home canning is a very rapid growing activity in the U.S.A., yet it seems manufacturers for either ranges or pressure cookers have missed this opportunity.

If I can't use my range for pressure canning, and choose not to bring a gas burning appliance into my home kitchen (duh!), that leaves an electric option. I don't want to use a hot plate. It seems an electric pressure cooker would be a natural, but I can't find one!!

May 11, 2012
Electric Pressure Cooker/Canner
by: WillowK

The Instant Pot website says that you can do canning in it:

"Can I do canning with Instant Pot?

The short answer is Yes. Low-acid foods (e.g. vegetables, meats, poultry, and seafood) must be sterilization at a temperature of 240°F (115°C) or higher. Instant Pot’s working temperature is in the range of 115°C~118°C or 239°F~244°F, which is sufficient for canning purpose. If your jars are under 7 inch or 17.5cm tall, they fit inside Instant Pot. When canning the jars, you should close the jar lid entirely. The trick is to tighten the jar lid and then turn it open a quarter turn. You can use the Steam function to set pressure keeping time on your canning recipe."


I haven't tried it yet myself, but we are saving up to buy one since we have an electric stove that won't play nicely with most regular pressure cookers and I'd like a device to act as a second crock pot for my freezer cooking.

Feb 16, 2012
elect.pressure cooking canner
by: Anonymous

the Model # for the Elite 8qt 13-function pressure cooker is EPC-808.

Feb 16, 2012
electric pressure canning
by: sandy

On one of the TV Shopping shows (HSN) they did have an Electric pressure cooker that can do Canning. It was the 8-qt 13-function Elite. I went to the printable manual on the internet and it says it will hold 3 of the 32oz or 4 of the 16oz jars.

Nov 29, 2011
Fagor Pressure Cooker-Canner
by: Anonymous

This pressure cooker-canner is not an electric appliance.

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