The Presto name goes a long way back to 1905 when it started to manufacture industrial size pressure canners for commercial canneries. Given this history, if you are in the market for a new pressure cooker canner surely the Presto 23 quart is worth considering?
The Presto 23 quart is made of extra strong Aluminum with an attractive polished finish which is easily cleaned with a soap and water. It can also be kept bright and shiny using a good silver polish.
It is suitable for use on regular and smooth top ranges; however some people have reported that when using a glass top stove the pressure takes longer to come up. Another point to consider is that standing over 16" with the gauge you may not have room if you have an over the range microwave.
Each time the cooker is used the seal ring must be removed and washed in warm sudsy water, dried and replaced in the cover. Because the seal rings are made of rubber, Presto advises replacing them every three years. In our experience we suggest that a spare be purchased after the first year and put in the cupboard just in case. Parts can be ordered online from the presto website.
The presto 23 quart has some good safety features, for example only when the cover is closed properly will the air vent allow pressure to build up. If there is an excessive build up of pressure the over pressure plug will let off the steam while the pressure regulator prevents a build up in the canner above 15 pounds.
A locking bracket situated on the inside of the canner engages with the air vent cover to prevent the cover being opened if there is still pressure in the unit
The presto 23 quart can hold 20 pint jars or 7 quart jars. It has an accurate easy to read pressure gauge, registering pounds per square inch situated on top of the lid for constant pressure monitoring during canning. Maintenance is fairly straight forward and the manual covers all planned cleaning in detail. The presto site has some good information on canning, with lots of recipes for you to try in your new cooker.
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