Sunday, April 19, 2009

Pressure Canner Parts and Canning as Barter

Kinda had trouble with my steam gauge for my 23 qt. Presto caner the last time I used it and have been searching for a parts outlet. After just a little while I came across this site.

Pressure Cooker Canner Co.

They seem to have a pretty good selection of parts for various pressure cooker and caners and their price is about the same as others I have found. My pressure caner is one of my favorite toys. Though it's NOT A TOY at all. These things can be very dangerous if not used properly. My caner has some safety features that make it much safer than some of the older caners.

If you are planning a garden to raise some if not all of your food a caner is a must. The thing that attracted me to canning was the fact that I could can things I raise myself or buy at a discount and not have to refrigerate it. I just sit my mason jars full of good food on a shelf and that's it. No need to worry about a power failure.

Canning is a great hobby and very useful skill to have as well. I just started last summer and have canned all kinds of things with a 100% success rate so far. I started out with making jams from strawberries and blackberries and then as my confidence grew I was canning green beans and corn and anything else that I had an abundance of from the garden.

Canning as a barter ??? Yes !!! Once people around where I live found out that I could and would can, they started to ask me to can things for them. They had a nice garden or fruit trees but lacked the skill, equipment and time to can their harvest. That's where I come in. They provide all the fruit, veggies or berries and their half of the canning jars and I provide the skill, time, equipment and other necessary ingredients...salt, pectin or whatever. I was able to provide a valuable service to others in my community and get LOTS of food in return that I didn't have to raise. This made it possible to have a good variety of goods other than what I am able to raise.

I learned my skills from online research here at this site. Trust me, they have instructions and pictures that anyone can follow. Canning is not rocket science, you can learn to can very easily. If I can do it I'm sure you will have no trouble at all. Here's the caner I use.

Click on this link to purchase one of your own and to read the reviews.

This is Bullseye...OUT !!!


Speedgene said...

I am concerned about canning as my step daughter had one blow up last Jan and it came close to killing her. She has had 4 surgeries. You can't be to safe.


Bullseye said...

Speedgene, I am very sorry to hear about your step daughter and I hope she is ok. These things can be very dangerous. I was scared to death the first time I used mine. I am always very careful when using it. Mine has 2 saftey features, 1, the rocker starts to rock when you get over 15 lbs pressure and let pressure off the canner. 2, there is a rubber plug that pops out to releif the pressure is for some reason it gets to 20 lbs. One BIG mistake people make is not making sure the vent tube is clear before using a canner, this is a MUST with each use. I still keep the kids out of the kitchen when mine is in use and I stay with it to keep a close eye on the gauge at all times. You're right, you can never be to careful. Thank you for the comment and please come back.

Selous Scout said...

I got replacement gaskets for my pressure canners here:

My mom gave me her old Sears model and they had gaskets for it too.

Catman said...

Thanks, for the links!

Bitmap said...

This is good info.


Bullseye said...

Selous Scouts, thanks for that link. You can never have too many outlets for goods these days. Way to go on the free canner too. Have you used it yet and do you can things from the garden??

Catman and Bitmap, thank you both, glad that I can provide something useful to you.