I have an All American Canner 921

by Lauren
(Port St Lucie, FL)

I purchased an All American 921 pressure canner last year (2009) after deciding to expand my canning abilities. I had been water bath canning for approximately 1 year before that. I did a lot of research on the internet as none of my family or friends can and there weren't any stores in my area that sell canning supplies (other than jars, lids, and that kind of stuff.

I found the 921 on Amazon.com at a really good price. I like the canner a lot, it is fairly easy to use. It came with a nice booklet full of instructions, tips, and recipes.

They do recommend lubricating the seal edge with Vaseline before the first use and occasionally after that. I did have trouble removing the lid on the first use but haven't had that problem since.

I like that it is nice solid piece of equipment, it's made here in the United States of America, and should last a lifetime if properly taken care of.

I do admit that the first time I used it I was little scared (the whole idea of the pressure and did I seal it correctly), but it has gotten so much easier every time I use it.

So, overall I would say shop around on the net, check out Amazon.com, and go for it.... it's worth the investment.

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The All American Canner in Michigan

by Susan-B
(Central Michigan)

I LOVE the All American Canner 921. Bought one last year when I decided to can more than tomatoes and fruit in a waterbath canner. I like the fact that it doesn't use a rubber gasket (less parts to degrade or get lost).

In the instruction book it tells you to use a little petroleum jelly (Vaseline for us) around the rim. It will create a very tight seal if you don't pay attention and open the canner when the pressure dial gets to zero...the longer you let it go, the tighter the seal. You can easily pop it open with a screwdriver.

So far I haven't found anything I didn't like about it. Best of all, I really like processing 19 pints at one time. What a time saver!

After the garden canning season is finished, I will be using my All American 921 to can stew meat and chicken breasts.

I would definitely buy it again. It is expensive but I would rather buy something once than get a cheaper or poor performing canner and then wind up buying this anyway.

I think canning is the most time saving method of perserving food for a working person like myself. No defrosting time, just open a jar or two and you can have a meal ready in no time. Plus it is a great satisfaction that you did it yourself.

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My 1979 All American 921 Canner

by Tess
(Moore, OK)

I bought my 921 canner at 5% above whole sale in 1979 for $75.91 and I love
it, except now I love my friend's new 921 canner better. Well sort of.

All American has improved the 921 and now it has a pressure regulator weight
or rocker on it instead of a steam release valve and it works better at
maintaining pressure.

Then again with the new canner you are limited to the three rocker settings
of 5, 10, and 15 pressures. Whereas my canner uses heat only to regulate the
dial (both canners have the dial) once the steam release valve is closed.

My friend bought a 921 after using my canner last year when we made chili,
and she loves the 921 too!

Both the older and newer 921 have no rubber seal which is great. One less
thing to worry about. My sister has a Presto canner and it has only a rocker
without a dial, and she has to check the gasket before every batch.

My friend and I canned ground venison chili and venison meat sauce
yesterday, 7 quarts and 36 pints, in three batches in her new canner.

Next week, I will bring my canner to her house and we will be able to can a
little faster. We will be able to start the next batch while a batch is
cooling in the canner.

We sure will be busy with pears for chutney and butter, chicken soup and
chicken thighs, and beef stew!

We both work day jobs and the soups are a great time-saver for us on work
nights plus the savings are great. Tomato soup for .96 cent per pint -we had
to buy our tomatoes and there are not many farmers around Oklahoma City
(unlike Portland, Oregon!). The venison chili was .82 per pint since we got
the meat free.

Any who the 921 canner ROCKS!

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