Stainless Steel Waterbath Canners are a great investment for someone who does a lot of canning each year.
A traditional canning pot that everyone usually pictures is a black or blue granny ware type canner. You know the ones with the little speckles on it.
They are inexpensive and do the job. The problem is... chipping and rusting. No matter how careful you are they are prone to getting bumped and knocked. This ends up chipping the coating, which leads to rusting.
The other option is an aluminum canner. Pictured on the right is my aluminum waterbath canner. I used this for some time. It was suitable, it didn't chip and rust. It was even kind of cool because it still had the original label. (I love vintage stuff!)
BUT.... on a trip to a self reliance expo, the thing apparently got smushed in the back of the car and bent a bit. Now the lid doesn't fit very well. It still works but when you are bringing a lot of water to a boil, you want it to be as efficient as possible. The bent lid just bugged me.
SOOOOOOOOoooooo. Enter these babies! I love em!
Not only great for canning, I now feel comfortable cooking right in the canner. I'm no expert but I've read that cooking in aluminum is not the best for you. I've used these for making stock and will use it to cook large batches of stew, chili, soups.... whatever.
These are designed to double as steam canners. See Steam Canning Here.
I haven't used it as a steam canner yet but I look forward to it next canning season. I'll update then.
My Patriot Supply as a great source for these!
Standard Size Stainless Steel Waterbath Canner.
This holds 20 quarts of liquid. It will process 9 pint jars or 7 quart jars.
The glass lid enables you to see the contents and when it comes to a boil. The sturdy handles are large with a protective coating. This makes it easy to move the canner even when full and protects you from heat.
REALLY nice canner!
The next image is my favorite Canner. An extra large 24 capacity.
It will hold 24 quarts of liquid! I've already made a large batch of turkey stock after Thanksgiving. I'm sure I'll be doing more.
The lid on this one is not clear like the one above but it does have the heat indicator. The handles are also large and sturdy on this canner, Not sure why they decided to leave off the coating... but they did. I still highly recommend it.
Both of these stainless steel canners are Victorio Canners. Both have a stainless steel rack included. (I've replaced many a rusted rack for my other canners)
And both have a feature in the lid handle that may be of help to a new canner.
When your water is boiling is when you start timing, this indicator tells you when the water in the canner is at the right temperature to start timing your load.From Stainless Steel Canners back to Canning Equipment