Q and A: Pressure canner or dehydrator — 3 Comments

  1. I have both pressure canners, Presto and All American. I would opt for the All American and when you can flip for another one, look on Craigslist for a used one. I bought my All American new and a Presto at a garage sale for $10.

  2. I agree start with a canner BUT look into getting a GOOD dehydrator. I’ve had the cheap ones without thermostats and had to throw away food because I couldn’t control the temperature. The best money I spent was on a 9-tray Excalibur dehydrator. I didn’t buy the one with the timer. My reasoning for not getting the timer was the length of time you will be dehydrating and sometimes things dry in a few hours and other times it can take twice as long. So checking every few hours is no big deal because you need to turn trays and such anyway. And have fun filling your pantry!

  3. We have 2 presto canners and one all American. When canning moose or stock we have had them all up at once. If canning one load at a time we always use the all American as you can use the weight as a rocker (it keeps the pressure at about 11#) while you have to watch the presto a little closer.
    Good luck
    Kenny Lake, Alaska