This biggest personal question is whether you
prefer a weighted or dial gauge. Weighted gauges allow pressure
to reach 5, 10 and 15 lbs and it is maintained by releasing tiny
bits of air and steam each time it jiggles. The weighted pressure
gauge was designed so not to require constant watching - the sound
indicates proper pressure control.
The dial gauge displays the amount of pressure
and temperature in the canner. You have more flexibility with
a dial gauge but it must be watched and regulated to maintain
desired pressure. Gauges can be checked at our store, if you live
on the east coast in Virginia or North Carolina.
Modern pressure canners have removable racks,
an automatic vent/cover lock, a vent pipe (steam vent), and a
safety plug. Use only canners that have the Underwriter’s
Laboratory (UL) approval to ensure their safety (all of ours do).
Where to buy the best quality pressure cooker
Pressure cookers can often be found for a steal
at yard sales and flea markets. If it's not new, be sure to have
them tested for safety.
When choosing a pressure cooker to invest in, check
the availability of replacement parts. If you can find a local
store or small Online business that reliably carries replacement
canner parts (yep, we do that and we'd really appreciate your
business so we can serve and fuel your pressure cooking and canning
needs). Make the investment in a pressure cooker by funding the
businesses that know what they're talking about and are happy
to answer any question as long as they stay in business - even
if they (we) can't afford to ship for free like big companies
do without proving adequate customer service.
When ordering parts, you'll need to give your canner
model number (on the bottom of the pot).