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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.

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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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Nov 11, 2014
Meats NEW
by: Anonymous

Can you safely can meats in an electric device..

Nov 02, 2014
fish canning NEW
by: Anonymous

Can you can tune in the power cooker xl pro?

Oct 16, 2014
Can't use device in Colorado NEW
by: Anonymous

I just purchased the Power Pressure Cooker XL today and, after the reading instructions, realized that it can not be used in Denver, CO (5280 ft above sea level). What a waste!

Oct 16, 2014
Can't use device in Colorado NEW
by: Anonymous

I just purchased the Power Pressure Cooker XL today and, after reading instructions, realized that it can not be used in Denver, CO (5280 ft above sea level). What a waste!

Oct 04, 2014
Electric Pressure Canners NEW
by: Anonymous

I came across the Power Pressure Express XL infomercial this morning just as the guy was saying how you can pressure can in it because it gets up to the required 240 degrees which suggest that the highest psi is 15. The infomercial then goes on to show a woman happily canning tomatoes and laying a jar in the pot on its side as if headspace and leakage are things of the past.

One of the things that frightens me about using an electric pressure cooker for canning is that power surges can occur frequently when using electrical equipment. High powered equipment like refrigerators and heating and cooling systems and other large appliances can cause frequent surges as they turn on and off and alter the steady flow of voltage throughout the electrical system in a home. So there's no guarantee or no way to adequately gauge if the correct pressure and temperature are maintained for the required amount of cooking time when using an electric pressure cooker.

Also, there doesn't appear to be a method of exhausting an electric pressure cooker to remove air out of the cooker like there is with a manual pressure canner. I have an electric pressure cooker, but the manual prohibits canning of any type. It claims that it can reach a psi of 15, but I’ve noticed that the cooking times are a lot longer than any of my manual pressure cookers. I had the chance to look at the manual of another pressure cooker that is also touted as a canner, but it recommended only using the water bath method to can high acid foods. However, no tested recipes were included and it advised users to follow regular canning recipes and to get additional information from the National Center for Home Food Preservation which of course does not have any directions on using electric pressure cookers as canners. So, I guess that was their way of saying can in this at your own risk.

The only tested electric canner that I know of is the one by Ball, and it’s a water bath canner that is designed to be used with their recipes. I guess it boils down to what each person is comfortable doing and what each determines to be a safe method of canning. For me, I’ll stick with the tested methods and avoid canning in electric pressure cookers.

Oct 03, 2014
Bad Buy NEW
by: Anonymous

I just bought a "Power Cooker Pro 6 Qt." off a infomercial. it stated you could use it for cooking as well as canning, but after receiving it and reading through the owners manual it stated "Do not use for canning above 2000 ft." That would have been nice to know before I bought it since I live in Colorado. I did call the company several times and received no help Sooooo this thing is going back

Sep 30, 2014
Ball Canning NEW
by: Anonymous

Ball Canning now has an electric pot for canning.

http://www.freshpreserving.com/auto-canner

Sep 28, 2014
canning options NEW
by: shirley jo

As I research more I find that the power presure cooker can do canning efficiently if you use manual procedures. it does kill the bacteria that posabley
could cause that as it is being stored. I was advised they can be stored in a normal home for at least 6 months and sometimes up to a year is about the longest they recomend in most of the cooking books. Any One elce please advise if you find other info as I am very interested. thanks for your help.
shirley jo

Sep 25, 2014
How many pints can the Power Pressure XL can at one time? NEW
by: Sharon

I called them and they told me the XL can can 4 pints at once.

Sep 22, 2014
Shirley NEW
by: Rhonda

How many do u can at 1 time in the pressure cooker xl?

Sep 20, 2014
For electric pressure canner xl NEW
by: Michele

Shirley how much water did you put in for canning? And how many minutes did you can your vegetables. I want to do corn and I have not found any books out there with any of this information

Sep 14, 2014
Shirley Tell US!!!! NEW
by: Daniel

Tell us Shirley. Do you use jelly size jars and how many and/or 1.5 pint jars? and how many? I watched the ad and it has a "Canning" button setting does it not? I loved the ad for this brand and I wanted to order it but wanted more info on someones knowledge of using it and being happy with it. I am single so small batch canning is all I do.

Sep 13, 2014
I can in my Power Pressure Cooker XL NEW
by: Shirley

I can everything in my Power Pressure Cooker XL. It is wonderful. I is easy. I love small batch canning. The food keeps fine. I can corn, beets, peppers, green beans, jams, salsa, soups. It does a great job. I love there are no dials to watch and this was affordable. I have not have any problems with canning in it and would recommend it to everyone who loves to can in small batches.

Sep 12, 2014
These are not canners, they are cookers! NEW
by: Anonymous

You can NOT safely use these electric cookers as pressure canners. Please do more research if you have someone telling you different. There are many out there that do not use safe canning methods, are you prepared to put yourself or your family at risk? Before answering that you might want to look up the effects of botulism.....

Sep 01, 2014
Electric Pressure Cooker Canning NEW
by: Daniel

Everyone keeps saying 4 quart jars to be able to can. The commercial of the "6 Quart Power Pressure Cooker XL" shows canning in (8) 1.5 pint jars which is 6 quarts. The wide mouth 1.5 looks like a tall jelly jar and I guess and easier fit. Is this such and issue or does anyone on this page even know for sure????

Sep 01, 2014
Electric Pressure Cooker Canning NEW
by: Daniel

Everyone keeps saying 4 quart jars to be able to can. The commercial of the "6 Quart Power Pressure Cooker XL" shows canning in (8) 1.5 pint jars which is 6 quarts. The wide mouth 1.5 looks like a tall jelly jar and I guess and easier fit. Is this such and issue or does anyone on this page even know for sure????

Aug 31, 2014
Instant pot pressure cooker NEW
by: Wanda

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. 3 Altas Mason jars (6.5in tall and 3.5in in diameter and hold 3.25 cups of water) can fit inside a 6qt 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.

The above is copied directly from the Instant Pot website.

Aug 31, 2014
Instant pot pressure cooker NEW
by: Wanda

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. 3 Altas Mason jars (6.5in tall and 3.5in in diameter and hold 3.25 cups of water) can fit inside a 6qt 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.

The above is copied directly from the Instant Pot website.

Aug 31, 2014
Instant pot pressure cooker NEW
by: Anonymous

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. 3 Altas Mason jars (6.5in tall and 3.5in in diameter and hold 3.25 cups of water) can fit inside a 6qt 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.

The above is copied directly from the Instant Pot website.

Aug 31, 2014
Instant pot pressure cooker NEW
by: Anonymous

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. 3 Altas Mason jars (6.5in tall and 3.5in in diameter and hold 3.25 cups of water) can fit inside a 6qt 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.

The above is copied directly from the Instant Pot website.

Aug 25, 2014
Canning Times NEW
by: Anonymous

I have the Elite Electric Pressure Cooker. The manual does not give much information when it comes to canning. Does anyone know where I can find a chart for canning times? I have done green beans in it before and they came out great but I cannot remember how long I left them in for. Any help would be appreciated.

Aug 22, 2014
electric pressure cooker/canner NEW
by: Anonymous

I bought a 6 qt mainly for making dinners. But I was wondering if it is safe to can high acid fruits in? It SAYS you can can in it, but ......

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
caren4u
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
safety
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
FAGOR
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.
Thanks

Jan 27, 2013
Canning
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."

http://instantpot.com/support/faq/

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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