Pressure canner questions

@creematee (2810)
United States
July 11, 2007 1:23pm CST
Hi all! I have a pressure canner (cast iron, heavier than lead!) that I inheirited from my hubby's grandparents. I know this this is well over 40 years old. The pressure guage is cracked but it still works (at least it did in 2001 when I had it tested.) I'm on my way out to buy a new rubber gasket, so the seal fits tighter. I hope I can find one! Anyway, my questions are... pressure canning and cookers in general are foreign to me. I purchased a regular pressure cooker recently, and cooked the first time ever in it. I don't remember my mother ever cooking anything in a PC, and my grandma used her broken one to cook popcorn in it. (It didn't seal at all!) I do know that I need to use the cast iron one outside on a camp stove or grill as I have a ceramic surface stovetop. That's a big no-no. My biggest fear is having the thing explode on me, or break the glass jars that I put inside. Since it's been 6 years since I had it tested, and I hadn't done anything with it since should I need to test it again? Should I look for a replacement guage as well? Do you have any tips or hints for me on how to use it?
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
11 Jul 07
I agree with Heavensent, get a new pressure gauge. Does it have a pressure release valve? I don't know how experienced you are, but I would be hesitant to can on a open fire, but if I were going to, a cast iron canner would be a must. I wouldn't can when it was even slightly windy, either.
@creematee (2810)
• United States
11 Jul 07
Thanks for the advice, peavey! I did pick up a new guage when I was out getting the gasket. I figured, what the heck. :) I got a new valve with the gasket, so that's taken care of, too. The camp stove I'm using is just like a gas stove, only it can be set up outside and works with propane gas. MY MIL said that her mom used to can this way all the time. It was the best way to keep the house cooler. A big must when you don't have AC. So, if I set up "shop" outside, Should I work in my garden shed? It's open so there wouldn't be fumes, but it would be blocked from the wind. I love receiving help from others!!! Thank you again. Now, if you want to help can.... LOL!
@peavey (16866)
• United States
11 Jul 07
The garden shed sounds like the ideal place to can. Sorry about the misunderstanding about an open fire. Sure, I'll come and help can! :) I love to can.