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Old 07-25-2010, 12:37 PM
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Default Pressure canner/lid won't fit!

I have a Presto pressure canner I bought 2 years ago, went to can some beans this morning and couldn't get the lid on! I've fiddled and fiddled, took the rubber seal out and it just won't go on. Somehow, sitting in the kitchen, the canner is now too big for the lid. Has anyone else ever heard of such a thing? I am pretty upset as pressure canners aren't cheap--thought this one would last the rest of my canning years. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:50 PM
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Default Rotate the lid

With the Presto canners the lid must be in an exact position to close. There should be an arrow etched into the top edge of the lid. This should be placed over one of the handles for the lid to slip down into place. The handle is marked with a sticker which can wear off, so try putting the arrow over both handles.

The lid should slip down easily, no forcing necessary.

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Old 07-25-2010, 12:58 PM
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OMG do I feel stupid!!
Yes, I knew about the arrow and had it all lined up, etc.
HOWEVER, I had it backwards. Moved it around and, slip, went right in.
Maybe I can save those beans after all.
I blame it on heat, humidity, and being alone this weekend while the hubby cavorts at a baseball game. Or maybe just all the lost brain cells from aging.
Thanks anyway!
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lol don't feel bad it took me 10 minutes to figure this out cause i didn't read the manual when i was doing a dry run lol
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Woodchuck, don't feel bad. You're not alone!

If it's been a while since I've used my canner, I have to stop and figure it out all over again. Last time, I had the canner sitting on the burner backwards. (But don't tell anybody )

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I have had those duh moments.
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Don't feel bad I've done the same thing before too. I also have lots of those DUH moments as well, I cooked a turkey upside down once and when I went to check for doneness I couldn't find the pop up timer! Shhhhhhhh.
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I did the same thing with mine the other day. Seems you have a lot of company here!
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UHH Lee, I'm trying real hard to picture how to put a canner on the burner backwards? Can you PLEASE explain that one? Thanks, the other Lee
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Lee, this may not apply to all canners. Mine are Presto. On the canner base there's an arrow with a matching line on the canner lid. If I set it on the stove with the arrow side to the back of the stove, when the lid is put on, the dial will be facing the back of the stove.

Had the arrow side to the back of the stove. Was holding the lid with the dial facing me. For a few minutes I couldn't figure out why I couldn't get the lid to lock into place. Finally, it dawned on me that I had to either turn around the bottom of the canner or put the lid on with the dial facing the wall.

Glad no one was watching as I sheeplishy turned the canner around, then put on the lid and it easily locked into place.

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Lee, Now I know my Mirros have me spoiled! No front, back, left or right--just put the lid on with the lid handle one notch from the base handle and a bit of a clockwise turn and it's on!..

Oh yeah, I kinda pictured in my head what you were saying about backwards....pigz
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