Understanding Your Pressure Canner

Selecting a pressure canner for sale for your home or business use is difficult especially if you do not know how to use it and much more to maximize it to your benefit. This kitchenware may look and sound similar to a pressure cooker, but they actually have differences that are quite interesting to know about. Both cooking apparatuses are useful in pressure-cooking but what makes your canner different?

A pressure canner is a cookware you use to make your own canned foods. This is very useful when storing food that you would like to have throughout the year. These foods are placed in cans or glass jars and heated until a certain pressure is achieved and maintained for a specific time.

Most of the time, your canner is bigger and it contains a jar rack inside where you can properly place your food cans so it won’t dodge inside the cooking device. Make sure that the glass jars are properly sealed before putting them inside the canner. Once you have filled the cooking machine with water, it is very important to check whether the lid is properly closed.

There is a pressure gauge usually located at the top of the canner, together with a valve, that allows you to control the heat and pressure inside the canner. It is dangerous to open the canner when it is cooking because the pressure inside builds up and could cause the same effect when a shaken can of soda is opened.

There are a variety of food that can be stored in the cans, such as pork, beef, chicken, fish, fruits, vegetables and all low acid foods. The time it takes to cook the food depends on the type of food that you are canning. For example, if you are canning vegetables, you can set the pressure to 10 pounds and the timer at 20 minutes.

Before anything else, make sure that you have read the user manual. This is the best way to understand and get to know your pressure canner. You can find lots of instructions online and you can even search for a specific canner model type. Canning is a practical way to store food. Once you understand how it works, you can use it to your advantage.

Food Storage Boxes

To gain any kind of survival advantage, the savvy prepper must consider items essential to life.  Humans cannot live long without food and water, which makes these the two most important survival items.  But what are some ways to store both food and water?

Water storage can be done many ways.  Empty soda bottles that have been washed out are great for storing water.  Larger containers such as blue food-grade 55 gallon barrels or other plastic storage bins that can be easily emptied or filled are great long-term storage options.  For on the go water storage or for ease in rationing, smaller bottled water containers bought in bulk work well.  They can easily supplement any go bag or bug out bag.

Food storage can be done many different ways as well.  5 gallon food-grade buckets can be lined with mylar bags and filled with wheat, rice, oats, legumes, and other dehydrated foods.  If stored in cool areas, like basements and cellars, the enclosed food can remain preserved for 30+ years.  Buckets are easily stackable, but not very portable.  Another food storage option is by packing food into #10 cans.  They also can last 30+ years, and are easily stackable, and are more portable than 5 gallon buckets.  Dehydrated and freeze-dried food is usually found stored in #10 cans.  Stocking up on canned goods at your local supermarket are another food storage option, and can either be stored in automatic can rotators, or in rubbermaid storage bins or other plastic storage boxes.  Canned food has a much shorter shelf life, usually between 6 and 18 months.  Check dates carefully and rotate often.

Military rations are another viable food storage item.  MRE’s, or meals ready to eat, don’t require water or heat to be eaten.  They are very portable and have varied shelf lives, usually between 5-10 years if stored in cool areas.  Many commercially available MREs can be bought in bulk, and come in cardboard storage boxes, which are easy to stack and transport.  If you get excessively large storage boxes, whether they be cardboard or wooden storage boxes, they will be more difficult to store and move.

Food and water storage is essential for the survival minded prepper, and can add great advantage during an emergency.

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