For the ultimate pressure cooker/canner check out the All American Pressure Cooker range of cast aluminum products made in Wisconsin. These are real classics and they have been around for generations, helping families eat well and preserve food for the future too.
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To view the entire range, and read Amazon customer reviews click the link above. You might also find our pressure cooker buying guide useful.
All American Pressure Cookers
These are high quality pieces of cookware, and yes you will have to pay for that high quality. But read the customer reviews, people are handing these down through the generations, and after 30 years of canning they are still going strong.
The makers produce spare parts that are easy to come by (which makes a change), and they are reasonably priced. But, you shouldn’t need them anyway as these pressure cookers seem to keep on going forever.
The pressure gauge itself offers you far more control that with cheaper models. You can select 5psi, 10psi or 15psi which means you don’t have to guess on times when following recipes any more.
There are no plastic or rubber gaskets to wear out. The seal is metal on metal so nothing can really go wrong with these sturdy pots.
What sets the All American range of pressure cooker – canners above the rest are their key features across the range:
- Professional quality, extra heavy duty cast aluminum construction throughout for fast & even heating
- Stay-cool bakelite top handle
- Geared steam gauge
- Equipped with 2 automatic venting features which provide an extra margin of safety (the safety control valve & overpressure plug)
- Pressure regulator weight with settings of 5, 10 and 15 psi
- Smooth, easy to clean satin finish
- Double thickness edges for additional protection on points of heaviest wear
But most important of all is that …
Only All American Pressure Cookers feature an exclusive, precision machined “Metal-to-Metal” sealing system. Positive action clamping locks align the cover to the base forming a steam tight seal. Because no gasket is involved, the cover is always easily opened and closed.
Plus of course, the entire range is made in the USA.
*Text in italics is quoted from the All American web-site.
Which Pressure Cooker-Canner to Choose?
This is all about size really, so you will need to consider the volumes you are likely to be canning. Remember these are large and will of course take up some room in your shiny kitchen when not in use.
All American Pressure Cooker – Canner Models:
It is all a matter of choosing the right size to suit your canning needs.
- The All American Pressure Cooker 910 has a 10.5 quart capacity, holding 7 pint jars or 4 quart jars, for smaller batches of home canning.
- The All American Pressure Cooker 915 gives you a 15 quart capacity, holding 10 pint jars or 7 quart jars.
- The All American Pressure Cooker Canner 921 gives 21.5 quart capacity, holding 19 pint jars or 7 quart jars
- The All American Pressure Cooker Canner 925 gives 25 quart capacity, holding 19 pint or 7 quart jars for canning.
- The All American Pressure Canner 930 gives a whopping 30 quart capacity, holding 19 pint or 14 quart jars.
- The All American Pressure Canner 941 offers 41.5 quart capacity which will deal with 32 pint jars or 19 quart jars.
My favorite is the 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner 921. This allows you to safely can 19 pint jars or 7 quart jars, which is a pretty significant volume. But that is because mine is for canning only. For that it is simply fantastic. But, for cooking I am afraid I would need a much larger family to make this a practical piece of kitchen cookware. It is simply enormous, and we just couldn’t get through enough food to warrant bringing this beast out at meal-times. But, with a whole range of sizes to choose from, there is a pressure cooker / canner within the All American Range to suit just about any size of family.
Their smaller models are more suitable for mere dining. But, personally I prefer stainless steel and cast-iron cookware for stove-top cookery. For this reason you can also buy dedicated Chef’s Design Pressure Cookers which are clad in stainless steel, and are designed by the same Wisconsin foundry that make the All American range. However, you might prefer to check out our favorite stainless steel pressure cooker instead.
I know aluminum is fine so long as you keep it in tip top condition and avoid certain foods such as cabbage and tomatoes. But for me personally, I use tomatoes so much I simply avoid the aluminum at meal-times. It keeps things simple and stops my other half from getting confused as to which pans he is allowed to use, should he decide to get creative in the kitchen for a change.
For canning though the All American Pressure Cookers simply cannot be beaten!
You do need to know that these heavy aluminium pressure cookers are no use if you have a glass top/flat ranges since they are so heavy the manufacturers are wary of breaking your stove! Remember even the smallest of these weigh in at around 15 lbs.
The Shiny Kitchen Verdict on the All American Range?
Absolutely 5 stars, but only if you have the budget, as these are not impulse buys. However, the fact that there is no reason why you would ever need another pressure cooker, makes the All American range extremely economical if you take the long term view.
The metal on metal fixing means there is really nothing to wear out, and should you really use your canner until something goes awry the parts are really easy to get hold of.
For occasional home canners with the budget, or prolific canners no matter what, the All American range are the best pressure cookers available today, just as they were in 1930 on their release!
And Finally Where to Buy American Pressure Cookers?
Well, for the most popular smaller to medium sizes, such as the All American Pressure Cooker 921 we have found Amazon are offering the best deals (far better in fact that the manufacturers own site).