Using A Pressure Cooker
For Canning

Preserve vegetables using a pressure cooker.

Pressure cooker canners come with a weighted gauge or dial gauge.

The Gauge regulates the pressure in side the cooker.

Processing times vary depending on the type of gauge your cooker has.

Popular sizes for canning are 16 qt and 23 qts.

The 16 quart canners hold 7 quarts or 9 to 10 pints.

The 23 quart canners hold 7 quarts or 20 pints.

Instructions for Using a Pressure Cooker Canner

  • Make sure your canner is clean and all parts are working. Check the gasket for any cracks or wear. Replace any parts that are worn.
  • Place the canner rack inside the base. Fill the canner with 3 inches of warm water.
  • After each jar is filled place it on the rack in the bottom of the canner.
  • When the pressure canner is filled check the water level, it should come about 1/3 of the way up the side of the jars in the canner. You need enough water to keep the steam pressure constant while processing.
  • Place the gasket inside the canner lid. Lock the canner lid in place.
  • Turn on the heat of the stove and let the water inside to come to a boil. When the steam is escaping from the vent for about 5 minutes, place weight on vent for a weighted gauge or close the petcock for a dial gauge.
  • Pressure will begin to build. When the gauge reaches the recommended pounds of pressure, adjust the heat on the stove to maintain the pressure.
  • Set the timer for the allotted amount of time require for your recipes processing time.
  • When the processing time is complete, turn off the heat and let the pressure come down and cool naturally. This is part of the processing time.

  • Do not remove weight or lift petcock until the canner is completely decompressed.

  • When the gauge reaches 0 or the weight dose not hiss when touched remove weight or lift petcock. Let the canner settle and cool for 5 minutes before removing the lid.
  • Unlock the lid and carefully lift off being careful as the steam escapes.

Use a jar lifter to remove the jars. Set the jars of food on a clean towel to cool. Space the jars 1 inch apart to let the air circulate around the jars as they cool. Let the food cool naturally for 12 to 24 hours before storing.

Ready to start using a pressure cooker? Lets get cooking!

Pressure Canner Altitude Adjustments.

Adjust time according to your altitude. Canning recipe times are based on sea level (1,000) or below.

Altitude in Feet

0 to 1,000
1,001 to 2,000
2,001 to 4,000
4,001 to 6,000
6,001 to 8,000
8,001 to 10,000
Weighted Gauge
Dial Gauge


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