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    Default Digital Pressure Cookers for Canning? Anyone Tried it?

    I'm thinking of purchasing a digital pressure cooker for canning because I'm not confident enough to use a regular pressure canner.

    Have you tried one?

    Do you have a particular brand or model that you recommend?

    Is it safe?

    Thoughts, Opinions.. Please!!
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    Default Re: Digital Pressure Cookers for Canning? Anyone Tried it?

    Ohhhhh...I like the sound of that appliance. I didn't know -digital- pressure canners were on the market...guess I know what I'm gonna be talking about for Christmas.
    Question: since it's digital, does it display the pounds of pressure and eveything else important?

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    Default Re: Digital Pressure Cookers for Canning? Anyone Tried it?

    I've been looking into these as well. They have several different kinds, sizes and types. I'm personally looking at the MaxiMatic EPC 8 qt pressure cooker/canner. Digital Pressure Canner

    The manual for this one says that you can CAN with it. - User can set pressurized cooking time from 0-99 minutes for customized cooking and it hits 12 PSI - but I thought most pressure cooking recipes require 15 PSI- which means you'd have to increase the canning time to have safely canned goods.

    There's actually 2 things that draw me to this canner- first of all, it only holds 3 x 32oz. jars OR 4 x 16oz. jars at a time- which actually is a selling point for me because when I pick stuff out of the garden, I rarely have enough for 6-8 qts so I could make smaller batches and can as I go.

    My biggest concern is whether or not I'm processing the items long enough at the the 12 PSI. I'm overly concerned with food safety so I study anything a million times before I go for it, lol.

    • 14 Multifunctions: Reheat, Brown Rice, White Rice, Wild Rice & Grains, Vegetables & Fish, Desserts, Potatoes, Pork & Ribs, Chicken, Beans, Stew, Beef, Soup, and Browning/Keep Warm
    • Convenient browning function pre-browns meats in the same pot prior to pressure cooking
    • 24-hour delay timer allows user to program cooking to begin at a later time
    • Attractive Brushed Stainless steel Housing
    • Removable nonstick 8Qt interior cooking pot for fast, easy cleanup
    • Automatic keep warm feature at end of each cooking cycle (keeps foods warm up to 12 hours)
    • Automatic pressure cooking takes the guesswork out of old-fashioned pressure cookers

    • Automatic resumption of cooking when power is restored after a power failure; prevents a brief power outage from ruining your meal
    • Indicator beep at end of cooking cycle - lets you know when your food is ready
    • Programmable pressurized cook time from 0-99 minutes for customized cooking

    Here's what the Manual Says:

    Before using this unit for canning purposes, check with the UDSA for food preservation guidelines or
    read the publications listed at National Center for Home Food Preservation | USDA Publications
    • Always use canning supplies specifically manufactured for canning purposes. It is
    recommended to use mason jars that are 32-ounces or smaller. Do not stack jars on top of
    each other. This pressure cooker can hold up to 3 x 32oz. jars OR 4 x 16oz. jars at a time.
    • Always inspect your canning supplies to ensure proper function and safety. Avoid using jars
    with chips, nicks, cracks or other imperfections in the glass, rims or lids.
    • Wash jars thoroughly in hot water according to manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Prepare food and fill mason jars and seal according to manufacturer’s instructions.
    o Always make sure there is 1-inch of headspace in the jars.
    o Use a thin utensil to release any trapped air between the food and the jar by pressing food
    firmly to the sides to dislodge any air bubbles.
    o Set jar lids onto the jar and screw on the outer rings until tight, then unscrew ¼ turn.
    • Place jars into the inner pot.
    • If desired, use clean dish towels to tuck around the jars to prevent them from touching each
    other or the sides of the inner pot.
    • Fill inner pot with 6-cups of water. (Certain canning recipes may require a different amount of
    • Secure the lid onto the pressure cooker, turn it Counter-clockwise to lock it in place properly.
    • Make sure the Pressure Limiting Valve (3) is set to the “Airtight” position.
    • Plug the power cord into a 110-120V power outlet.
    • Follow canning recipe for the type of food you are canning and program the “Pressure Cooking
    Time” for the specified time frame for the size of jars and type of food recipe you are using.
    (EX: If you set the cook time to 30-minutes, the LED screen will display 00 30)
    • Press Start.
    • The pressure cooker will begin to operate.
    • When pressurization has been achieved, the LED screen will display P0 30
    • When the unit has reached optimum pressure, it will begin to pressure-seal the mason jars.
    The programmed time will begin to count down until it reaches zero.
    • When time has expired, the pressure cooker will beep 3-times and automatically go to Keep
    • The Keep Warm indicator light will begin to flash/flicker. This indicates the Pressure Cooker is
    proceeding to Naturally Release the pressure. (See Notes & Tips #5)
    • Open lid once pressure has completely released which is indicated by the Keep Warm indicator
    light staying illuminated.
    • Carefully remove jars using special canning utensils or tools. CAUTION: Jars are hot!
    • Set jars on a towel or cooling rack and allow to cool completely in a draft-free location.
    • Follow recipe instructions on cooling and storage


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