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?

Comments for Mirro Pressure Canner

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22 qt. pressure caner.
by: Jo Ann Butts

I first bought my big 22 qt. when I first married in 1974, I have canned in it for 44 years and I still love it for big jobs and it's light weight and I love that too. I'm getting ready to can pinto beans in pints and I'll be double stacking. I can't remember the water line for that but will figure it out. Where can I get new gaskets for mine?

need rubber gasket
by: JF

Where can I find a replacement rubber gasket for an 8 quart Mirro pressure canner model #M-0598?

Clear/ Useful Instruction
by: Anonymous

Mirro 22-quart aluminum pressure cooker/canner

If I had not read the review by Sara on the Amazon website, I would not have known how to use this canner/cooker at all because the Instruction Manual is almost worthless. After using the information that Sara wrote, I have used the canner/cooker successfully as a canner.

SIMPLIFIED INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRESSURE CANNING: Put one rack and 3" of water in the bottom of the cooker. Load the cooker with the filled jars ready to process as indicated in the canning recipe used. If two rows of pint or half-pint jars are needed, put the other rack over the first row of jars in the canner before adding the second row of jars. Turn on the stove under the canner and close the lid WITHOUT the pressure weight on the top. When steam begins to come out of pressure weight vent in the center of the cooker, put the size pressure weight on the canner that is called for in the canning recipe used (example, 10 #). Continue heating. Steam will leak out around one handle. Heat until the red button over this handle pops up. At this point, set a timer for the number of minutes called for in the recipe used and continue cooking until the timer goes off. Cool the canner until the red button on the handle goes down. Remove the canner lid and the jars.

The canner/cooker works great now that I know how to use it. Thanks, Sara.

Mirro canner
by: Mary

I have used a 22 quart Mirro canner since the early 1970s. It holds 7 quarts or 14 pints (stacked). I love it because it is easy to use.

Mirro matic canner
by: Anonymous

I love my mirro matic canners. I have had one of them for 32 years and it holds 4qts. The other canner is a mirro also and it holds 7 qts. I have never had issues with them other than replacing overpressure plug. Will probably never use any other brand. Love using the weights.

Mirror 22quart canner wrong instructions
by: Anonymous

Help the mirror 22quart canner instructions in the instruction book are wrong weight does not jiggle.called company said yes they know it's wrong would send right sent the same book.anybody know how to use this canner?

Customer service????????
by: Anonymous

I bought the Mirro 16 qt canner last summer, and used it for the first time last week. Called customer service, and received very poor information. Was told it would hold 10 pints. I struggled to fit 9 pint jars in it, and one broke during processing. Also, found that the 10# vent wt was not jiggling, moving at all, simply emitting a steady release of steam from the 4 holes in it. If I turned the heat back so it only released steam intermittently, the red safety button on handle would release. After use today, customer service tells me that it is defective, and I must mail it back at my expense for replacement. Never have I had a company refuse to pay shipping for return of a defective product. They refuse to refund money, yet expect me to pay shipping ? I am disappointed with customer service and product.

How many jars?
by: Anonymous

I have a 22 qt canner and it holds 5 qt jars with 8 pints on top level, or 16 pints total in two layers. Make sure you use the dividing shelf.... you cannot stack quarts in this one.

No Mirro for me.
by: Anonymous

The size is perfect for the Garden I have.
The product is terrible, rust came out to the top vent tube. I followed the limited poorly written instructions to the best of my uninformed ability, I reread, had my husband read and reread the instruction. After the first test run which worked. I load the meals I spent 8 hours preparing for meals. The side handle vent leaked!!!. So I shut the canner down!, waited an hour opened it up! I check the relief valve, rest the silicone gasket, replaced the water, reset the jars and started again....That also failed. before the next attempt his am, I decided to read these posts... So the only thing I tried different was a drop of oil on the gasket..FAIL..
I called the 800 number and was told to take the product back they didn't know what was wrong... I WILL BE RETURNING THIS PRODUCT... I WASTED A DAYS WORK AND TONS OF GOOD VEGGIES. NO MIRRO FOR ME !

I got my weight to wobble!
by: Anonymous

I finally got my weight to hiss and jiggle to perfection only after ripping my hair out, having a temper tantrum, and putting the weight on properly! The directions were not clear. Follow all directions as usual, when you place the weight on the stem be sure to push it all the way down. If there is enough pressure in the tank, the weight will jiggle. I hope this is helpful.

Mirro-matic M-0312-35 12qt canner.
by: Karen

I read on a site somewhere that for this model canner I am to use the 3440 gasket if my canner was made before 7/1983 and I am to use the 9882 gasket if it was made after7/1983. I have searched all the info stamped on the bottom of the pot and cannot find any info relevant to the date of manufacture.
Does anyone have any info on how to tell the date of manufacture. It has been over ten years since I have used this canner and I am sure it is in need of a new gasket.

by: Anonymous

My Mirro canner came with a video.

Presto 6-Quart
by: Anonymous

I recently acquired a Presto 6-quart pressure cooker and I love it. This forum's comments were very helpful as to the stupid weight on top. The directions say it's supposed to rock and maybe make some noise but it doesn't. I've tried preheating it with the top on or off, and with the weight on or off, and in every configuration at every temp possible and it never rocks, not does it spin... It hisses though, and there's so many safety features that I'm fairly certain this is okay. I've found that when I put about an inch of water in the bottom and turn the heat on to high-medium-high with the top off, then put the top and weight on once the water starts steaming, I get a nice pressure hiss going quite quickly, and I can go ahead and turn the heat down to low within a few minutes and let my items cook away.
Never modify these things and always do all the reading you can before doing anything that's not specifically included in the instructions. These things aren't as dangerous as they used to be, but certain extra dumb people seem to always have a way to force the worst outcomes.
Be safe, people!!!

Rusty petcock
by: Anonymous

Mine did not turn to rust but an orangish look where the water spit out. I clean the vent stem with a green scotch brand pad. I also clean my weight in Efferdent. I do this between each canning session. I have no problem with putting my weight on.

I get a slight jiggle and a twirl several times a minute with all the hissing going on. It takes awhile to find the right spot on your stove settings.

Happy canning!

Poor instructions
by: dudleyfudpucker

We recently bought a new 22 qt. mirror pressure cooker. The instructions are very poor compared to the old cooker. Old instructions had what weight to us for each cooker, jar sizes and type of food. The new one has very little instructions for any canned food. We are using the old instruction book. The weight jiggler(5 psi) on the new cooker fell apart on the second time we used it this year.

the weight does not rock
by: Anonymous

I bought a mirro 22 quart pressure canner. The jiggler didn't rock. How long should that take? It hissed and whistled. I had 14 pints, seven doubled decked. Please help.

No jiggle on new model just hiss!
by: Anonymous

Just got off the phone from Mirro. I have a 16 Qt model #92116. I was very frustrated with my jiggler not jiggling as per instructions. She said they are going to be updating the manual.
So she told me this. Do the 10 minute steam evacuation as per the manual, on high. Then put the weight on and turn stove to low. After the 1st hiss or burst of steam start timing. Then should have 1 hiss every 3-4 minutes. Wow no wonder my canner went dry. Broke 6 jars, have 12 in my freezer. I`m so irritated with them for not updating the manual with the canner I bought. Nice gal though and she was frustrated too.

Terrible Manual!!
by: Jean

I own on older pressure canner & needed a second one. I purchased the Mirro 16 qt. without a gauge, since that is what I'm used to. I have been canning for 34 years so am not a novice. The manual was NO help at all. How does the weight fit on? Does it jiggle or just vent steam? What's happening with the red button on the handle that popped up? I have my first batch of potatoes in it and am hoping for the best.

canning green beans
by: Anonymous

How much water in cooker when cooking 7 quarts of green beans

Mirro weIghts
by: Anonymous

i have a new Mirro by T-fal and had only used it about 4 times. The petcock was so rusty it wasnt functioning properly. I really dislike the hissing type of weight. I had the canner replaced and havent used the new one yet. I am wondering if I need to do something to prevent rust? I never had this problem with my old canner. Help!!
The only thing I can suggest is to go ahead and use the canner, if it rusts again ask for your money back. I can't think of anything that would cause it to rust so quickly.

Love the Mirro
by: Morris the Canner

Not sure why people are having problems with their Mirro canners. We have a 16 quart among other brands, and it hold 7 quart. You MUST heat the canner up, as the instructions say, until there is a constant hissing BEFORE you put the weight on. It will then need to be adjusted so it jiggles 3 to 4 times a minute. Yes, it jiggles.

Those who are having to bang, hit, bop or whatever to "seat" the weight should purchase a new vent stem and/or weight. Mirro made some changes in the 70s and 80s so make sure you are buying the correct gasket based on the model and YEAR it was manufactured. A model number may have two different sizes and thicknesses based on the YEAR of manufacture.

NEVER oil a gasket. It does not improve the seal, make the seal last longer or stay pliable. In some cases it even breaks down the seal.

Find a dealer that sells your gasket based on model AND year. If they only offer one gasket for your model check until you find a dealer who knows that there are two sizes for the same model.

Nearly all canners are aluminum, even though many think they are steel or whatever.

Mirro 8 quart gasket issue
by: Bob Leibold

I have a Mirro 8 quart canner M-0598-ll dated 5/83 and ordered a new gasket. I was sent a S-9892 gasket which isn't thick enough to seal the lid and steam escapes all around the lid. Lid fits on very loose and the S-9892 gasket is about 3/16" thick and I need one about 1/4" thick to take up the slack. The diameter is fine, the thickness of the replacement gasket is not.

I have called or emailed several places including PressureCookersOutlet among many others and they all say sorry, we only have the S-9892 gasket for your model. Well...it does not fit! Canner is in good condition and not compromised in any way, it is just that the aftermarket gasket is definitely too thin.

I have other larger pressure canners, but really liked this one for small jobs.

Anyone else having this problem and did you find a gasket that fits?

How often should the rocker rock?
by: Anonymous

How many times/minute should the rocker rock when you start the process? It says turn down the heat so that it rocks appropriately, but gives not idea what that is.
Any help please

Many Mirro
by: Anonymous

I have used Mirro canners for 40 years. Love them. Replacement parts are easy to get even after 40 years. They never fail. Foods always are preserved. You can't go wrong with a Mirro.

Mirro by tfal help!
by: Anonymous

I have a mirro by tfal 20.8 litre canner and I have a question, when it gets up to temperature should it always hiss and rock? Or just every once In a while to let the pressure out?

Mirro 22qt Gasket Replacement
by: Anonymous

I cannot find new gaskets that work. I bought silicone from Ace Hardware they were too thin and didn't seal right. Online, I only find silicone and I can't see buying something I believe will end up being returned. I need S-9882 and s-9892 for Mirro 8qt pressure canner. Can someone please help. I bought these canners new in the 80's.

Thank you in advance...

Mirro 22qt Gasket Replacement
by: Anonymous

I cannot find new gaskets that work. I bought silicone from Ace Hardware they were too thin and didn't seal right. Online, I only find silicone and I can't see buying something I believe will end up being returned. I need S-9882 and s-9892 for Mirro 8qt pressure canner. Can someone please help. I bought these canners new in the 80's.

Thank you in advance...plz email me teddzee@sbcglobsl.net

Mirro #92122 Regulator Weights
by: Amy B.

The regulator weights provided with my #92122 Mirro canner do not jiggle. They only hiss and (sometimes) spin. The instruction book was not updated to reflect this change of design from the older Mirros which had jiggling regulators. The non-jiggling weights are far too ambiguous. I was never sure whether the pressure was correct unless I constantly watched it.

Prior to getting the Mirro, I used Presto canners (with jiggling weights) for decades. I now use an All-American canner (also uses a jiggling pressure regulator) and I absolutely love it.

Pressure cooker
by: Anonymous

Mine says after it whistles , lower heat, and that it maxs out at 10lbs,
Seemed to work fine after we found the right heat,
Around 5/10 on the scale would keep the whistles to every min or so, meaning 10lbs of pressure.
Guess I will find out if it worked soon enough !!

by: Anonymous

I just bought a T-fal Mirro 16 qt pressure canner. The booklet has very little info in it on canning. Directions are for cooking vegetables. I'd like to find a manual. Can anyone help? Their website doesn't seem to be helpful.

If it is a 16 quart it most likely is not for canning. A cooker/canner needs to fit 4 quart jars in order to be safe for canning.

2014 16 qt Mirro Canner
by: ii4him

I had to give the weight a good thump on the top to seat it and get it to start spinning. These new ones still have the old directions about the weight rocking, it does NOT rock it spins and hisses. I am happy very happy with it now that I figured it out.

Mirro 22 Quart Canner
by: Anonymous

I have owned and used my 22 quart Mirro canner since 1982. I love the weighted gauge and the instruction booklet give great instructions if read carefully. The book says after venting 10 minutes, add weight. When it starts to jiggle constantly, turn temperature down so that it jiggles 3 or 4 times a minute.

I hated my mom's old gauge canner because she had to babysit it the whole time; with mine, I can hear from another room. Mine holds 7 quarts and I have never tried more than 14 pints in it. Incidentally, the bottom on mine is perfectly flat and I have used it on my ceramic stovetops for the past 10 years. When I bought my stoves I made sure the manuals said they were ok for canning.

The weight spins and does NOT rock as the directions say.
by: ii4him

I have always used a Presto, but it got lost in a fire. I just bought the Mirro 16 quart. I had to give it a good thump on the top to seat the weight and get it to start spinning. I am happy with it now that I figured it out.

Mirro Pressure Canner
by: Pauline

I just started canning and I wish I would of starte this method years ago. No need for a freezer. Wonderful. I do have the Mirro and no problems maybe it is beginners luck. It says to adjust your temperature and that makes a big difference on how your weights work.

Holds seven quarts and double rack for pints. I guess the American because it is so tall would hold the two racks of quarts. I like the simplicity of just turning the lid letting it steam for the ten min and then putting on the appropriate weight. And process for the time needed per food.

Oh there is one thing I wasn't sure on if you don't have the seven quarts then do you just put in a pint of water for each one missing or a pint for just not having the seven. But like it says add two and half quarts of water for the seven jars works out great make a mean apple pie filling yummy. Good luck everyone and pressure up.

Mirro 16 quart canner
by: Anonymous

I found thru another site that Mirro re-did their weights Aprx. a year ago but didn't, upgrade their manual. The new weights only hiss instead of jiggling. Very hard to use especially if your hearing impaired. does anyone know if you can use presto weights that visibly jiggle on a mirro canner. This hissing is for the birds. I'm only guessing at things now.

Mirro pressure canner, 16 quart
by: Kathy

I'm having a lot of trouble. The weights won't jiggle like a Presto. All it does is hiss at me. I don't know what I'm doing wrong but I figure if it's hissing it's up to pressure. HELP, can someone give me some insight on this problem. I don't want to get sick from eating the contents

by: Anonymous

I have a 16 quart mirror pressure canner however the weights aren,t like a Presto pressure canner. they don't jiggle like a Presto so I don't know if I'm using it right or not. very poor instructions. every few seconds it lets out a blast of steam with a jiggle. NOT RECOMMENDED

by: twin mommy

the directions say it should jiggle back and forth...mine kind of hops up and down is that the same?

timing and pressure
by: Anonymous

I have the canner as well 7 qt jars, dumb question but no weight just the jiggler, been a few yrs since used this so I let it jiggle, how do I know what 10 # pressure is and how long also can this canner be used on a flat glass top stove

Gasket Popping Out
by: Anonymous

Your gasket may be popping out because you have it upside down?

If you add oil to the gasket, it should only be a tiny bit, not dripping.

the new caskets are not thick enough for the older pressure canners
by: Anonymous

What do you do about these new caskets they are thinner than the old ones and don't work???

by: Anonymous

What would make the gasket pop out and then you lose the steam. I oil my gasket and maybe that makes it too slippery? I buy new gaskets but it has happened more than once. I have been canning for 60 years. Not all of them were with pressure though! Should I wash the gaskets really well before canning? Would that solve the problem? I am afraid to try and then have it not work!

I have not had that happen so I'm not sure why that would be. If it is the gasket that came with the canner then it should be the right size but if it was purchased later maybe it is the wrong size gasket?

What I would do is either buy a new gasket, or call the manufacturers customer service line.

But you are right it would be frustrating and I would not want to just keep trying if it has happened multiple times.

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.

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.

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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