6 Reasons We Chose the ALL AMERICAN Canner

In the food canning communiy there is much comment about which vegetables to can, how to can them, and which canner is best used for what food.  There are several methods to canning foods and most of them are good ones, but you do need a certain level of knowledge on the whats and hows before you prepare all those beautiful vegetables you spent countless hours growing for the pantry shelf.  

For several years Hubs and I only canned tomatoes and pickles and we only canned in an inexpensive, non-pressurized, boiling pot that was placed on the stove top and filled with 6 large jars at a time. This is called “water bath” canning method. And water bath canning is perfectly safe for certain foods as tomatoes and pickles. However, it is not safe for all foods.  And Hubs wanted to be able to can all foods, not just tomatoes.

Enter this bad boy!

I could go on and on about this name brand canner and that name brand canner, but I do not want to bash any particular product based on my opinion. And just because we chose the All American over others based on certain criteria does not mean the others are bad.  I will however, tell you why we settled on the All American and why it has the highest frugality factor of all the canners we checked into before we just tossed out our two Ben Franklins.

Here are our reasons to purchase an All American Canner:
  1. High Frugality Factor - It is important to stretch your hard earned dollars! So paying over two hundred bucks plus taxes on a food canner sent Hubs into price vs. quality comparing mode. The key to successful frugality is more about the bang in the buck than the buck itself.  The features, safety, and quality of the All American proved to have way more bang for our buck. As do most American made products, right? Sorry, that was an opinion instead fact. Oops.
  2. Structure - In our search for canning greatness we discovered many versions of pressurized canners, but found there are only about three top dogs in the race. So we decided if the structure of the canner was not of heavy cast aluminum it was an automatic disqualification for us. This is where that three dog race came in. The structure cast of the All American seemed to be the heaviest.
  3. Handles - If you are reading this I am sure you already know the canning process is H O T! The All American has an extra handle on top of it’s lid which makes removal less steamy to the fingers. Until you don’t have this feature you have no clue how handy it is.
  4. Weights and Gauges - The pressure is set on the All American canner by using the weight, not just watching the gauge that may or may not be accurate over the years. While this is not your security to leave the canner unattended, it is safer and easier to know the canner is pressurized correctly (according to your elevation). We noticed the other canners we were looking at also had weights, but styled differently, making it necessary to keep a very close eye on pressure amounts during the process. We just felt safer with the weighted gauge style.
  5. Vents - Not just the All American has a safety vent, but it did pass the test. A safety vent is a plugged escape designed into the lid for safer pressure release if an uh-oh occurs and steam builds too high. This vent could quite possibly save my face on a bad day, so yeah… definitely necessary.
  6. Seal - And last but not least, the biggest reason we settled on purchasing the All American canner is the seal design.  The other canners we considered had a rubber gasket seal. Now, I figure those rubber seals works just fine. But I happen to be the cleaner upper person around here and no seal to need cleaning puts a smile on this gals face! Besides, we read that the rubber seals usually have to be replaced from time to time. And that fact does not pass the frugality test. Dern. The All American canner does not have a rubber gasket seal. It is a metal-to-metal design.  At first we were a bit leary until we learned that the lid will actually seal tighter because of the power behind the six clamping wing nuts.

So, yeah, the “he man” construction of the All American, the fun weights and gauges (bells and whistles), less cleaning, and oh, wait… did they say wing nuts?   Yup… per the hubs, we are in the canning business, Y’all!    

Happy Canning! And remember... Flip More Dirt!,
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