I have to admit, prior to starting this site and testing out pressure cookers, I wasn’t a big “canner”. I love cooking but I prefer to eat everything that I prepare right away. And although I’m organize, I’m not the type of person to cook and store various food for later use, especially not in large quantities. So it’s definitely something I had to force myself to try at first. And to tell you the truth, I really didn’t think I would enjoy the results of commanding, nor would I continue to do it regularly. But after using this pressure cooker/ canner, I can see why people do it – and it’s not just for practical reasons. It can actually be quite a blast to prepare your own jars of food for later use or even better, as great gifts. That’s what I found myself doing since I had all of this extra canned food from my testing.
The first thing you should know about this product is that it’s heavy. Like really heavy. So you’re going to have to strategize properly in order to use it. In other words, don’t load up all your ingredients while it’s on the ground otherwise you’ll need help lifting it to the stove.
Even though it’s quite weighty, I like the durable design and strong structure. If you’re going to be working with this type of pressure and heat, it’s better tear on the side of caution and how something with a thicker more durable design.
You can tell by looking at it that it employs screws strategically place around the top in order to seal the lid. Yes it takes a bit longer, but you also get a stronger seal.
Okay, so my first ever attempt with canning used this product. And since I’ve done a lot of pressure cooking anyways, it’s not like I was doing anything revolutionary. But I was really interested to see the results and understand the actual canning part better. So I decided to do a few fruits because I figured any ex-drug could be given away quite easily. I love peaches, so I decided to do peaches.
I guess the best way to gauge how this product works is that the final results. After a week, I opened up a jar of my peaches and decided to have them with ice cream. And after they were sitting in the room juice and an extra sweet syrup, I can definitely tell you they tasted great.
I gave this model a test drive as a regular pressure cooker as well. And this time I decided to do my chicken Curry. Some people like their chicken Curry with white meat, but I always preferred dark because it’s more tender and works well with slow cooking. I snapped everything in place and my Curry came out perfectly infused with flavor and the chicken was still juicy.
So everything worked out in that department as well, but I do have to say this: if you’re looking for just the best pressure cooker and then I don’t think you need to spend $200 on this one. This is for canning fanatics who also want the option of pressure cooking on the side. But as a standalone pressure cooker, it’s really big hands not as user-friendly. So think about what you’re looking for and if it happens to be a two lane one machine then this is going to make of great choice that pays for itself with all of the great canned food you’ll make.