Mirro Pressure Canner

by Sharon
(SimplyCanning.com )

The Mirro Pressure Cooker Canner is another choice for those wanting to put up vegetables, meat and other low acid foods.

I noticed that many call this piece of equipment a cooker instead of a canner. I'd like to remind folks that there is a difference in the two.

A canner is larger and will process foods for storage on the shelf. A cooker is smaller and is for cooking dinner.

According to the USDA a pressure cooker/canner will only work safely for canning if it is at least large enough to hold 4 quarts. Anything smaller should not be used for processing.

Mirro Pressure Canner Review



The Mirro range of pressure cooker canners comes in 5 different sizes. But I can't confirm just how many jars the larger 2 will hold. There is conflicting information out there. In the reviews posted below from actual users there is information on how many jars the canners hold.

Even the Wearever website does not list the quantities. I'd suggest that you confirm this before you purchase so you know just what you are getting.

I've also read reviews that customer support is not very helpful.

]The 22 Quart Mirro Pressure Cooker Canner Although Amazon lists this canner as holding 5 quart jars, I am consistently getting feedback that they will hold 7 quart jars. I'd suggest checking where you will be buying the canner and verifying the quantity it will hold. (I suspect it is actually 7 quarts)

The smaller units are for cooking and not canning.

(keep in mind these are all aluminum..... I personally don't care for cooking in aluminum.)

The 16 Quart cooker canner I can't seem to confirm just how many jars this cooker canner will hold. So.... just to be sure, I'll put it in the cooking and NOT canning category...until I find out differently.

The 8 quart cooker is a good size for most cooking.

The 6 quart cooker can hold up to 6 quarts of liquid.

The 4 quart unit is a small cooker great for gravies, sauces and candy spreads.

Things to Remember

The Mirro pressure canner does not come with a pressure gauge. Pressure is regulated with weights.

This is not a problem, weights are a standard way of controlling the pressure in a canner. However, for those who prefer a gauge you might want to look at either the Presto or the All American Pressure Canners.

You'll need to have a canning book with pressure canning instructions..... Or simply visit www.simplycanning.com! :0)

Reader Reviews



I've not used a mirro pressure cooker or canner. Have you? What do you think. Is it just as good as the more popular and common Presto or All American?

Do YOU own a Mirro? Click the link below to leave a comment and tell us your thoughts! Does your canner hold at least 4 quart jars?

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The best
by: Anonymous

I have canned in my Mother's 8 qt canner for years. I am now 70 so it has lasted forever. I could just order a replacement valve, but after 50 years I feel it is time to replace. Our children love the green beans canned in my Mirro

wobbely mirro canner
by: Josie

Hi I am English and trying to get canning. I have a Mirro 22qut pressure canner. I have noticed the bottom of my canner is bowing out making it rock. Can any one tell me what I have done and is the canner still ok to use?

Mirro canner - tops
by: Anonymous

Almost tops. I really love the All American 30 quart that I have, but it is a monster!

As far as having a gauge or not. If I had to choose between the weight and the gauge I would absolutely choose the weight. Mine has the single round 'jiggler' weight. The All American has both. Joy! It is so huge that it takes a long time to build up a head of steam.

I have a M-0622 (22 quart) and it was made in 1976. It has the original gasket (!!!) which is discoloured, but pliable and seals well. As someone else mentioned, it needs to be lightly oiled from time to time.

You can tell the age of your mirro by looking on the bottom - there should be a fraction such as a 3 on top and an 81 on the bottom. That means it was made in March of 1981. That will help you determine which gasket to buy. There is only one source of gaskets for the older Mirro canners that I could find and that is: PressureCookerOutlet (red hill general store) - call and ask for gasket 3440 for canners built before '83.

I had read something by someone saying they would never use a Mirro. Can't understand for the life of me why. Easy-peasy. Just twist the lid shut, no fiddling around with all those wing nuts, wait for it to evacuate, set the jiggler and you're off to the races!

6qt Mirro Cooker/Canner
by: Anonymous

Everything I have read says not to use these small units for canning. However, I must say that I do and have had no problems what soever. My 6qt cooker/canner was a wedding gift in the late 70's and is still working like a charm with no issues. I reference it as a cooker/canner as that is what my original book calls it (yes I still have it). This type unit is all that I have ever used and is what I grew up with. I am in my mid 50's and my mother in her 70's and we have never used one of the larger canners. Our little cooker/canners (mom has 3 including her very 1st) have served us well. I will be purchasing a larger unit this year just so I can process larger batches at at time. My littel 6qt will process 5 regular or wide mouth jars at a time and I have processed everything from veggies to meats. I recently purchased a new rubber gasket and weight control from this site http://www.pressurecooker-outlet.com/Mirro-Pressure-Cooker-Parts.htm Mom was able to purchase a new rubber gasket at a local old fashioned hardware store.

Capacity of 16 and 22 qt. mirro pressure canners
by: Anonymous

zI just bought the 22 qt canner and the manual says:

The 16 qt. canner holds:

13 half pints
9 reg. pints
8 wide mouth pints
7 quarts

The 22 qt. canner holds:

26 half pints
18 reg. pints
16 wide mouth pints
7 quarts

If stacking jars use an additional rack between layers.

mirror canner
by: kay

I have my mom's mirror 22 quart canner and it is in brand new condition...the gasket number is
S-9882 and the model number on the bottom is
M-0552-11 I was going to buy a larger canner but, I think I'll use this one.

16 quart mirro pressure canner
by: Pat

This canner holds 7 quart size jars. I hope this helps.

22 qt canners
by: Julie

The 22 qt. Miro will hold 7 qts or 20 pints.

mirro
by: linda

I have a older mirro pressure canner it is in need of a gasket. The numbers are rubbed off so bad that I can not read them it is gray in color and holds 7 qts 6 and 1 in the middle

Need rubber gasket
by: Char;eme

I purchased my Mirror-Matic Canner in the 70s. I now neeed a rubber gasket but there is no model number. Anyone have any ideas how to come by one? Hate to buy a new canner just for the need of a gasket.

model number
by: .linda

the model number on the bottom of the Mirror canner is worn off...cannot see it at all..it is not a double stacker...holds 7 quarts...or 7 to 9 pints...trying to find the right gasket for it..need help..bought a 12 to 22 quart size gasket...the lid would not close..figured it was too thick a gasket..what size should I get...it was blowing steam out from under the lid...useing the old gasket...need a new one...thank you...

Shortie from Michigan's UP
by: Anonymous

I have used a mirro Pressure canner for 40 years, you do need to keep an extra gasket on hand,but have had years of wonderful service from it. They are bascially good for life,the basket rusts after a few years use,but you can purchase a new one, but it is fine to use like it is.Happy Canning-nothing better !!!!

where can i buy a Mirror presser canner with the weights?
by: Anonymous

need to know where i can buy a Mirroe pressure canner that is weighted..that will hold 7 quarts..not a double stacker..

My Mirro Pressure Cooker
by: Carolyn

I own a 12qt Mirro Pressure Cooker. Purchased it last year on Ebay, hardly used.

I did Chicken Soup for my first try and I learned a lot. My mistake was I made my Soup as I always did. Cooked it totally done. Then I learned you brown your meat and then add all the vegetables and chicken into your jars with chicken soup stock (cold) and then process your jars. No need to prepare soup ahead of time. My soup is really DONE.

My Cooker holds 7 qt jars or 10 pint, Reg; or 8 pint, Wide Mouth.

I had to download a PDF file for the book guide. It has so many hints, solutions and food item lists. Even Meats.

Mirro 22qt pressure canner
by: spedoodle

This is my first pressure canner and I agree that the manual is incomplete. It gives you all the warnings but doesn't actually tell you how to use it.

I have had a lot of trouble finding information on the internet about canners with the weights, and have had some problems.

I would recommend a canner with a pressure gauge for other beginners because it is easier to find directions and monitor the pressure.

I've never done more than 6 qts at a time. (You could probably fit 7) It comes with a second bottom so you can do multiple layers of smaller jars.

16 qt. Mirro
by: Susie

The 16 qt. Mirro holds 7 qts., and is indeed a canner.

Sharons note: Thank you for this!

Mirro 22 Quart Canner
by: Anonymous

The canner only holds 5 quarts at a time, but you can stack pints on top so I get 5 quarts and 8 pints on top at a time.

I have another canner that holds 7 quarts so this was not an issue.

I bought this canner wanting a "weighted" canner versus a gauge. I am still getting the hang of it--the weight does not jiggle constantly, but jumps and hisses.

Mirro preferred
by: Anonymous

I have owned my Mirro 16 quart for 23 years. I have primarily used it for canning quarts, of which it holds seven. I have replaced the rubber gasket only once in this time, and though I bought extra safety pop off valves, I have never had to use one.

I prefer the weights used in comparison to the Presto that has a gauge.

The only pitfall I have found is that the Mirro cannot be used on flat top ranges (it is concave and won't contact the burner in the middle) and the Presto claims that it can (flat bottom).

Although my range is a halogen quartz flat top, I have an interchangeable coil/canning burner that I can switch to during canning season.

My Mirro has been reliable and I have never stressed over the safety of it. I hope this helps someone to make the choice which is best for them!

Mirro Pressure Canner
by: Missy

I bought a used 22 quart Mirro pressure canner in 2003 at an auction for $30.

It holds 7 quart or 20 pint jars. I had some trouble at first getting it to seal well, steam would keep coming out under the lid, and I figured out that you have to take the gasket out and stretch it and oil it each time for best results.

I got a new gasket last summer with no problem at the local farm supply store for about $12.

I have great results with vegetables and foods without fat. But things like chili and bean soup, I have had some problems with some not sealing, I think maybe because I am not keeping the temp even enough.

I want to get an All American, but will still keep my big Mirro.

Mirro Mama!
by: Rachael S

I love my Mirro pressure canner. I love it so much I bought 2 additional ones for when it's canning season and I have lots to do it's nice to have 3 going at once.

I've never had any problems and they hold a fair amount of jars. 13 Half Pint Jars, 9 Regular Mouth Pint Jars, 8 Wide Mouth Pint Jars, 7 Quart Jars

16 Quart Mirro Canner
by: Anonymous

I have the 16 quart mirro pressure canner. Mine holds 7 quart jars, 6 around the outside & 1 in the middle.

It's the only larger capacity canner I've ever used but it's served me well & I can say it's more than paid for itself over the years.

I honestly have never used it for pints although the manual says it will hold 9 regular mouth pint jars. I use my smaller 6 Quart Presto for doing pints. Hope this helps.

love my mirro!
by: Anonymous

I have an ancient old Mirro-matic. I absolutely LOVE it!

I can get 7 qts in it or do two rows of pints. I dont know whats so great about an All American. Why pay all that money?

Mirro Pressure Canner
by: Lois

I have the Mirro with the weights and it cans ok but I prefer the canner with the gauge which is what my mom used.

I can put seven quarts in mine so I think it's probably a standard size.

canner
by: Anonymous

in your article you said the 22 was good for small batches of canning. what size do you recommend if you are going to can a lot this year. I have to buy a canner and want to buy it once not find out after purchase it isn't big enough.



I've edited my article because the feedback I'm getting is conflicting with the information posted online. I don't have a mirro myself so I can't confirm it but I believe the 22 quart is large enough.

I'd recommend getting a pressure canner that will hold at least 7 quart jars. That is a standard size. Presto and All American also make canners that are tall enough to stack 2 layers of jars. I like stacking pints so that is what I have.

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