Pressure Canning Guide & FAQ: put 'em up! (update) (2023)

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Although pressure cooking and pressure canningboth use the power of pressure –the equipment and procedures are quite different. With a little investment in time, you can use top-quality ingredients to make your own convenience foods. In this article we will answer these questions:

  • What is Canning? What is pressure canning?
  • Is there any way to canlow-acid foods without using pressure?
  • What’s the difference between a pressure cooker and a pressure canner?
  • So, why doesmy pressure cooker or Instant Pot have a pressure canning button, instructions, and recipes?
  • Can I use my electric pressure cooker or Instant Pot for pressure canning?
  • How does altitude affect pressure canning?
  • Do I need to follow a specific, tested, recipe for pressure canning?
  • Why not just process everything for the longest time possible?
  • What size jars can I use for pressure canning?
  • Can I process jars of different sized in the pressure canner?
  • Can I process jars with different contents (some with veggie and some with meat) in the pressure canner?
  • Do I really need to exhaust the pressure canner before processing?
  • Should I throw away jars that didn’t seal properly?
  • Where can I find more reliable information about pressure canning?

What is canning? What ispressure canning?

Pressure Canning Guide & FAQ: put 'em up! (update) (2)Canning, also known as putting up, is a way to preserve fruits and vegetables beyond their season and conserving meat without the use of refrigeration. Canning removes air and destroys enzymes tostop the growth of undesirable bacteria, yeasts, and molds. The ph-level (acidity)of a food dictates whether it should be canned with thewater bath method or using pressure.

Acidic foods (low ph) contain enough acid to destroy or block bacteria growth. Acid foodsinclude fruits, pickles, sauerkraut, jams, jellies, marmalades, and fruit butter. These products can be conserved with water bath canning(non-pressure) for the recommended time following tested recipes (to ensure acidity).

Low-acid foods (high ph)are not acidic enough to prevent the growth of bacteria – the airless environment inside a jar of low-acid food is the perfect host for a deadly bacteria which is odor-free, taste-less and otherwise invisible: Botulinum. Low-acid foodsinclude meats, seafood, milk, grains and all fresh vegetables except for most tomatoes. Tomatoes are tricky, the USDA wrote a specialcanning guide just for them. These foodscan only be conserved safely with pressurecanning carefully following USDA- tested processing times and temperatures1.

For both water bath and pressure canning the exact processing time, temperature and/or pressure depends on the kind of food being canned, the way it is packed into jars, and the size of the jars – adjustments must also be made for altitude.

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hip info: food poisoning

Botulism spores grow only in the absence of air (like inside an improperly canned food).They can only be neutralized following the USDA research-based processing timeswhichensure the destruction of heat-resistant microorganisms in home-canned foods.

Improperly canned foods that either used the wrong canning method, processing time, or with jars that have lost their seal can cause Botulism food poisoning.

Any case of foodborne botulism is considered to be a public health emergency because of the potential for that others will consume the toxin-containing food. State and local public health officials by law must be informed immediately whenever botulism is suspected.

The incubation period is usually 12 – 36 hours but symptoms may appear upto 10 days after exposure. The first symptoms includenausea, vomiting, and diarrhea that precede the onset of neurologic illness or growing paralysis without fever.

More info: Botulism Report, National Organization for Rare Disorders

Is there any way to canlow-acid foods without using pressure?

According to the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning1.

The time needed to safely process low-acid foods in a boiling-water canner ranges from 7 to 11 hours...

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While pressure canning low-acid foods range from 15 to 100 minutes. If you are inclined to boil something for 11 hours, keep in mind that the boil has to be maintained the entire time. Any interruption to the heat source (electricity goes out, gas flashes off, flame blown by wind) means you need to start all over again.

That’s a lot of time, fuel, water and worry that can easily be solved with a pressure canner – which will get the job done in minutes not hours.

And, no, the USDA has not published non-pressure canning processing times for low-acid foods. So, if you insist on processing these foods without pressure – you’re on your own!

See Also: Pressure Canning Processing TimesChart, hip pressure cooking

What’s the difference between a pressure cooker and a pressure canner?

Although they both use pressure to get the job done, pressure cookers and pressure canners are made and used quite differently. The most obvious difference is in size but they are also made of different materials, and valves.

The USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning1 states that a pressure canner is..

A specifically designed metal kettle with a lockable lid used for heat processing low-acid food. These canners have jar racks, one or more safety devices, systems for exhausting air, and a way to measure or control pressure. Canners with 16- to 23- quart capacity are common. The minimum volume of a canner that can be used is one that, will contain 4 quart jars. Use of pressure saucepans with smaller capacities is not recommended.

The story goes that researchersdid test smaller pressure cookers (saucepans) but they got inconsistent results – also, seriously, how many jars can you fit in a pressure saucepan!?! Because these cookers come in different sizes, shapes, and volumes, the USDA couldn’t come up with a reliable rule of thumb to use withsmaller cookers3. So, in 1980’s they declared the minimum volume of a pressure cooker to be used for canning be the volume that can house atleast 4-quart jars (this usually corresponds with10 or 12 quart/liter pressure cooker). Without doing further testing, the USDA cannot guarantee that a smaller pressure cooker will yield perfectly safe food in all jar size and food combinations tested for larger canners.

Spring valves not reliable

However, it is important to note that the USDA guidelines on using pressure cookers for pressure canning were written before sping-valve stovetop pressure cookers were introduced in the United States. I emphathize this to make it clear that spring valves can, and do, fail – they need to be regularly replaced. This is not the case with weighted valve pressure cookers – where the pressure counter-weight cannot change over time.

So even though spring-valve pressure cooker/canners have been produced and marketed following those guidelines (and we used to recommend them, too), our understanding of how spring-valves work and fail have changed our recommendation.

It is now our position that spring-valve pressure cookers, even those that are the correct size for pressure canning according to USDA recommendation, should not be used for pressure canning without being tested and calibrated at the local extension office.

Cooking in a canner?

Many readers have a big canner or they purchased an aluminum weighted-valve pressure cooker/canner and they ask how they can adjust a recipe written for a 6-10 quart stainless steel or electric pressure cooker to their 16 quart (or more) aluminum “pressure cooker/canners.” We cannot in good conscience recommend aluminum pressure cooker/canner or pressure canners for cooking. The aluminum is reactive so you won’t be able to use tomatoes, wine, lemon or anything else acidicdirectly in the pot. These aluminum vessels are really designed to process food in jars. The minimum liquid requirement is really high (3 quarts – 12 cups) compared to the average pressure cooker (1-2 cups). This greatly affects the minimum amount of food you can cook in it as well as the time it takes to come to pressure. Finally, the size is unwieldy to use and wash for everyday cooking.

Pressure Cooker vs. Pressure Cooker/Canner vs. Pressure Canner

Pressure Cooker
Pressure Cooker/CannerPressure Canner
VALVEspring valve or weighted valveweighted valve
(spring valve not recommended)
weighted valve, pressure gauge
SIZE1 to 12 quarts/liters
(cooks for 1-12 people)
10-12 quarts/liters
(cooks for 5-12 people)
16 to 41 quarts
(not recommended for cooking)
COOKING?Can cook all food types directly in cooker base.Can cook all food types directly in cooker base.Food should not come into contact with the base of this cooker, only for cooking foods in containers, processing jars.
1-2 cups1-2 cups12+ cups
electric, gas, induction, halogen, ceramic, camping, portable cook tops or powers itselfelectric, gas, camping, portable cook tops or, depending on the model: induction, halogen, or ceramic,electric or gas

See Also: Recommended Pressure Canners

So, why doesmy pressure cooker or Instant Pot have a pressure canning button, instructions, and recipes?

Confusingly, some manufacturers include pressure canning instructionswith their pressure cooker or even a button or function called “pressure canning” –even if their cookers are not large enough to be considered pressure canners according to the USDA(see the previous answer), or their technologies have not been fully vetted (see next answer).

For example, one German pressure cooker manufacturer includes instructions for preserving meat, see below. The instructions do not state how the meat should be prepared and in what size jar it should be. The USDA recommends meat be processedanywhere from 75-90 minutes, depending on the cut, but this manufacturer’s instructions only require 20 minutes.

So, without information at how a manufacturer arrived at their recommendedprocessing times, we recommend notconserving vegetables, meat, seafood, grains, milk and tomato products in a pressure cooker with vague pressure canning instructions.

Can I use my electric pressure cooker or Instant Pot to pressure can?

Unfortunately, there are some electric pressure cooker manufacturers advertising their products as safe for pressure canning. One, even said in their infomercial that their electric multi-cooker “Meets USDA standards for pressure canning” prompting NCHFP (an offshoot of USDA) to post an alert on their website warning consumers against these products3.

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The NCHFP warning said..

Even if there are referrals to the National Center for HFP in the instructions for canning in the manufacturer’s directions, we do not currently support the use of the USDA canning processes in electric, multi-cooker appliances.

The manufacturer of that product claim that their product reaches the right temperatures for pressure canning under 2,000 feet and fits four-quart jars – so what’s the problem? Doesn’t that meet the USDA standards?

The reason electric pressure and multi-cookers are unsafe for pressure canning are:

  • on/off heat cycles electric pressure cookers are heated with a ceramic element that turns off when the target temperature, or pressure, is reached and back on when the temperature drops below a certain threshold. Comparable pressure cookers can vary by about 1 psi during this process (see chart) – these limits can vary and be programmed by the manufacturer. It is not clear what the minimum temperature during the “off “cycle will be.
  • no altitude adjustments processing times for foods above 2,000 feet require an increase in pressure – but the construction electric pressure and multi-cookers currently on the market cannot sustain pressure above 11 psi for extended periods of time.
  • no venting – instructions for pressure canning for all of the electric pressure and multi-cookers we evaluated do not include specific instructions to thoroughly vent the canner for USDA recommended time of 10 minutes before processing1 – also see the answer about exhausting pressure canners.
  • not stovetop –TheUSDAprocess standards were developed with stovetop pressure canners, there is no data to either prove or disprove pressure canning is safe in electric pressure cookers. However, there is plenty of data about the dangers of botulism in improperly canned foods.

Even if the electric pressure cooker manufacturer claims (and even proves) that their cooker can reach 15psi – for example, the Instant Pot MAX, because of the way electric pressure cookers operate (on/off heat cycles) there is no way to verify that the temperature is maintained throughout the entire processing time.

See Also:, hip pressure cooking

How does altitude affect pressure canning?

Pressure Canning Guide & FAQ: put 'em up! (update) (7)While in pressure cooking,time is increased for higher altitudes, with pressure canning the processing time remains the same and, instead, the adjustment is made to the pressure (or weight).

When the pressure canner is used at higher altitudesthe temperature it can achieve is lower. That’s because both a pressure canner and pressure cooker only add pressure to the current atmospheric (ambient) pressure – as altitude increases, airpressure decreases. This means that water comes to a boil at lower temperatures as altitude increases. This phenomenon has a direct, negative impact on the temperatures inside thepressure canner.

To compensate for lower temperatures at high altitudes the USDA requires an increase of processing pressure by 1 psi for every 2,000 feet of altitude. So, let’s say you want to pressure canpints of ground meat – their recommendation is to process for 75 minutes at 11psi. BUT, if you’re at 5,000 feet altitude that 11psi is equivalent to just 9 psi at sea level- and that’s a lower pressure and temperature than is safe for pressure canning. So, theyrecommend processing that same pint for 75 minutes at the higher pressure of 13psi.

Don’t worry if this is starting to sound confusing – all you really need to know is your altitude, and the USDA has already figured out all of the adjustments.

Here’s a handy little chart that sums up the USDA pressure canner adjustments.

Do I need to follow a specific, tested, recipe for pressure canning?

Testedrecipes are only necessary for “hot water bath” canning (non-pressure) preservation. When the food is conserved using the fruit’s naturalor added acid (pickles) it is very important to follow tested recipes to ensure that the end result has a low enough phto remain bacteria-free (see first answer).

hip info: don’t can me

The USDA warns against adding any of the following ingredients to canned foods:

  • pasta or noodles
  • rice
  • flour
  • cream
  • milk
  • any other thickening agents

Other than pasta and rice becoming mushy, the reason you shouldn’t add these ingredients into the jar is that they slow the penetration of heat through the food – so processing these foods at the right time and pressure might still generate insufficient heat to killbacteria(you know, deadly botulism).

For the same reason, you should not pressure canmashed potatoes or pumpkin pulp – but you can cube them for canning and mash them after opening.

Pressure canning does not require specific recipes. The process raises thetemperature of the food inside the jars to a pointthat is high enough to kill bacteria and inactivate the spores that can grow into deadly Botulism. The key to pressure canning is not the recipe but the processing time and consistency (thickness)of the food. With a few exceptions (see “don’t can me” sidebar), you can safely pressure can your own, or our, recipes. To figure out the processing time, look up each ingredient in the pressure canning processing chart, and usethe time for the longest-cooking ingredient. Overly-thick or dense recipes cannot be properly processed- the sidebar outlines which ingredients to exclude.

So, let’s say you want to make a monster batch of the classic Bolognese pasta sauce to store away in pint jars. The recipe calls for ground meat and pancetta (75 minutes processing time) and veggies like carrots, onions and celery (25 minutes) and tomato sauce (35 minutes). The longest processing time is for the meat so that is how long you should process the sauce (75 minutes). We used a “trick” sample recipe because it also calls for cream – leave it out of the jars. Splash it into the sauce when you’re reheating it before serving!

More Info:Complete Guide to Home Canning – Selecting, Preparing, and Canning Vegetables and Vegetable Products (Guide 4), USDA

Why not just process everything for the longest time possible?

The problem with pressure canning everythingmore than the recommended timeis that the contents of the jars could be impacted negatively by color, texture, and taste. This is called over-processing. Let’s say you’re pressure canning green beans, and the USDA says that they only need to process 20 minutes, but you want to make sure those green beans are safe so you process them for 100 minutes, instead. You’llend up with are jars of tasteless gray pulp, instead of delicious green beans. It’s ok to go a little over the processing time, it’s not ok to double, triple or quintuple it.

What size jar(s) can I use for pressure canning?

Most pressure canning processing times are published for a pint (2 cups or about 500ml) and quart (4 cups or about 1000ml) jars – a few are published for half-pints.

You may want to pressure can smaller jars to give as gifts to friends and family. There are no published processing times for all foods in smaller jars, the safe way to go is to process the jars following the timing for pints. However, keep in mind that this might over-process the food (causing a degradation in texture and color) so before pressure canning 100’s of these smaller jars do a trialrun!

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Can I process jars of different size in the pressure canner?

If all the jars contain the same recipe, but they have a different size, follow the processing time for the largest jar in the canner. Even if there is just one-quart jar and the rest are pints – you should follow the processing time for the larger quart jar, if pressure canning another batch is not possible.

However,the foods in the smaller jars might over-process so it is always best to do separate batches of each size.

Can I process jars with different contents (some with veggie and some with meat) in the pressure canner?

It’s best to do one batch of each kind of food. But if you’re pressed for time, it’s possible to process jars with different contents in the pressure canner. To do this, follow the processing time for the jar with the ingredient that requires the longest processing time. For example, if you’re pressure canning three jars of veggie stock (15 minutes) and one jar of beef stock (25 minutes) you will need to process the entire contents of the canner for the longest time (25 minutes).

Be aware that the foods that need less processing time might-over process.

Do I really have to exhaust the pressure canner before processing?

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Exhausting, or venting, a pressure canner is done before processing to ensure that all of the airis out of the canner. This is an important step because the presence of air can affect the temperature inside the canner – causing false readings of the pressure gauge or dial.

There is a direct, and expected, correlation between pressure and temperature – and it’s thosetemperatures are used to calculate processing times to kill bacteria.

Trapping air in a pressure canner will display the “correct” pressure on the dial or gauge but since that pressure is achieved with a mixture of air and steam, and not steam alone, the actual temperature inside are affected. Here’s a chart that illustrates how much the internal temperature changes in the presence of air.

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The pressure of the steam alone is a known value if steam is the only gas inside the pressure canner. But if the canner contains a combination of steam and air the total pressure inside is a combination of the partial pressures of various gasses 4.

How to do it

In the USDA’s illustrated step-by-step instructions for using a pressure canner, they instructbringing the canner on the highest heat setting and to let the steam flowcontinuously for 10 minutes. After that time, the weight or petcock should be closed or placed on the vent1.

Exhausting can also be done with a spring valve pressure cooker/canner by setting the valve to the open, or exhaust, position – and then, instead of adding the weight after the time is up, the dial can be simply set to the desired pressure selection.

Bottom line: You should still exhaust your pressure canner or pressure cooker/canner regardless of whether the manufacturer recommends doing so in their instructions (some don’t)!

Should I throw away jars that didn’t seal properly?

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Improperly sealed jars can be re-processed or refrigerated to use within a week. If those jars have remained in the “Danger Zone” (see chart in the first answer) for more than two hours just boil the contents for 10minutes before consuming.

Where can I find reliableinformation on pressure canning?

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Pressure canning requires specialized equipment, processes, and procedures – to ensure the stability and safety of preserved food. With the proper attention to detail and reliable equipment and processes, it can be done safely at home.

If you have more questions or comments please post them below in the comments section or come visit the pressure canning forumand we’ll do our best to answer them – or find someone who can.

1. “USDA Complete Guide To Home Canning” National Center for Home Food Preservation website
2. “Burning Issue: Canning in Pressure Cookers” National Center for Home Food Preservation website
3. “Can I can in a multi-cooker?” National Center for Home Food Preservation website
4.Myhrvold, Nathan, Chris Young, Maxime Bilet, and Ryan Matthew. Smith.Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking. Vol. 2. Bellevue, WA: Cooking Lab, 2011. Print.

5/24/2018 UPDATE: The language in this article has been updated to address the growing number of electric pressure cookers which claim to have a pressure canning function.

10/25/17 UPDATE: We have taken a more conservative approach to using spring-valve cookers as pressure canners. See the “Spring valves not reliable” sub-head in “What’s the difference between a pressure cooker and a pressure canner?” answer, below, for more details.

As of today, there are still no electric pressure cookers approved for pressure canning processes by the USDA. So the answer to “Can I use my electric pressure cooker for pressure canning?” is still valid, two years after the original writing of this FAQ. Our hope is that an electric pressure cooker manufacturer will either take-on testing or give the USDA funding for developing new or confirming old canning processes for electric pressure and multi cookers.

This article was originally published July 23, 2015 and has been updatedon 5/24/2018 – see original article here.


What happens if you put too much water in a pressure canner? ›

Putting your canner into water will change the pressure too quickly and you can either ruin your seals, crack your jars, or you could even ruin your pressure canner.

Should water cover jars in pressure canner? ›

The water should NOT cover the jars. Remember, pressure is the key to safety in pressure canning. The pressure buildup is what causes the high heat necessary. Set the rack on the bottom of the canner and heat water until hot, not boiling.

How long can jars sit before pressure canning? ›

Let the jars sit undisturbed while they cool, from 12 to 24 hours. Do not tighten ring bands on the lids or push down on the center of the flat metal lid until the jar is completely cooled.

How much water should cover jars when pressure canning? ›

In a water bath canner, your jars must be completely submerged in simmering water, which can be anywhere from 3-4 gallons. When using a pressure canner, you only need about 3-4 inches of water (there is usually an indicator line on the inside of the canner), which is about 1½ gallons.

What happens if you forgot to remove air bubbles when canning? ›

"When air bubbles are not removed, the air trapped by the food will essentially add to the headspace. Too much headspace can lead to seal failures." Opt for wooden or plastic tools (like Ball's official "bubble freer," shown here) when shifting the contents to remove headspace.

What happens if you have too much headspace after canning? ›

If too much headspace is allowed, the food at the top is likely to discolor. Also, the jar may not seal properly because there will not be enough processing time to drive all the air out of the jar.

Why do you turn jars upside down when canning? ›

Inversion Canning

Once secured, the jar is inverted (flipped upside down) and left to cool for several minutes before placed right side up. The thought behind the method is the hot food will sterilize the seal while creating a vacuum by allowing air to escape.

Do you have to turn jars upside down when canning? ›

Ball recommends against it for seal quality reasons: “Do not invert. move or store jars while cooling, as this may cause seal failure.”

What happens if you don t put enough water in pressure canner? ›

It cannot cook your food properly without water, and the pressure will build to such an extent that the lid, pressure valve, plugs, and hot food could be thrown all over the kitchen. This can seriously harm you, your kids, and your pets, not to mention property damage that comes from flying projectiles.

Is it OK to have air in jar after canning? ›

It is just fine. What is this? The only time you need to be concerned about the presence of tiny bubbles in your product is when they are active, start moving or fizzy up to the top of the jar when you open it. If that occurs, your product may be fermenting or contaminated.

Can I let my pressure canner cool overnight? ›

There's also a quality factor: rushing cool down can cause food to spurt out of the jars, resulting in loss of liquid inside the jars, and seal failures. You could also warp your canner. Note: don't be tempted to just turn the stove off after the processing time has elapsed, and leave your jars in the canner overnight.

Can you over pressure canning? ›

It is okay to keep our canner 2 or 3 PSI higher than the required temperature, but do not let the pressure exceed 4 PSI above what is required or the jars may result in liquid loss from syphoning once you bring the temperature back down to correct the increase.

Can I process jars the next day? ›

Canned food can safely be re-canned if the unsealed jar is discovered within 24 hours. To re-can, remove the lid and check the jar rim for tiny nicks. Change the jar, if necessary. Add a new treated lid and reprocess using the same processing time.

Can I restart pressure canning? ›

If your pressure goes below the required amount when you are pressure canning, you must bring it back up to the proper pressure and restart your time. If things are not held at the correct temperature or pressure for the correct length of time, they just aren't safe!

What is the negative effect of canning? ›

The toxin is made most often by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Improperly canned, preserved, or fermented foods can provide the right conditions for the bacteria to make the toxin. You cannot see, smell, or taste the toxin, but taking even a small taste of food containing it can be deadly.

Can you stack jars on top or each other when pressure canning? ›

It is recommended that you stagger the jars by placing one jar on top of two. The canning rack which accompanied your Pressure Canner must be placed on the bottom of the canner to prevent jar breakage. It is not necessary to use a rack between the layers of jars.

Can you underfill jars when canning? ›

Canning recipes will always call for a specific headspace to leave when you're filling jars. Headspace is the space from the top of the food in the jar to the top of the rim. An overfilled or underfilled jar may not seal correctly, which, as you now know, results in unsafe food.

Why is my canning siphoning? ›


If you overfill jars and leave insufficient headspace, you can end up with excess headspace because food will expand during processing (even if it shrinks back afterwards) and if there is insufficient room, while doing so it will push water out to make room for its expansion.

How do you stop siphoning in pressure canning? ›

In both instances, leaving jars in the canner to rest– 5 minutes for water bath, 10 minutes in a pressure canner– helps to reduce siphoning. At the same time, you don't want to let your jars sit inside a pressure canner and cool all the way down without removing them.

What method is not recommended for canning? ›

Open kettle canning is especially risky canning tomatoes or tomato products where the acid level may be low enough to allow bacterial growth. Never open kettle can low acid foods (meats, vegetables, soups).

Can you overcook in a pressure canner? ›

3) When in doubt, undercook.

So, it's always better to aim for a shorter cooking time when trying something new in a pressure cooker. You can continue to cook undercooked food, but you can never undo overcooked food.

Why are my canning lids buckled but still sealed? ›

Don't bother storing jars with buckled lids

A buckled lid is one that is sealed but has a crease across a section or edge. Buckled lids do not occur with good canning practices, but are a sign that jars were not filled properly and/or lids were not properly tightened.

What happens if a pressure canner runs dry? ›

If a pressure canner goes dry, it almost certainly will warp. We here at USU know this for a fact during some of our research canning runs. A pressure canner ran dry for only a few minutes and the bottom warped so that it was no longer usable.

What psi should pressure canning be? ›

For canning vegetables and other low acid foods in a weighted gauge pressure canner, the food is processed at 15 pounds pressure at altitudes above 1,000 feet. In a dial gauge canner, the pressure is not increased between 1,001 and 2,000 feet--use 11 pounds pressure.

Can you put too much water in a pressure cooker when canning? ›

If you put a given amount of water in the pressure canner, and cann something for even l 1/2 hours, the water you loose cant be measured. You are letting the wieghted guage jump up and down and letting off steam. That's a no no meaning your pressure is too high.

Can you push down canning lids? ›

A properly sealed jar lid will not spring up when you press down in the center. Use a finger to press down on the middle of the lid. Sealed: There is no give when you press down in the center. This jar is good for storage.

Do canning jars seal as they cool? ›

The underside of the lid contains an applied sealing material that, when heated during canning, softens and flows slightly to cover the jar-sealing surface while still allowing air to escape from the jar. The sealing compound then forms an airtight seal as the jar cools.

Can I reprocess jars that didn't seal? ›

If a jar did not seal, and the recipe has hot pack canning instructions for the food, it can be reprocessed within 24 hours. If reusing the same jar, check the jar sealing surface for tiny nicks. When reprocessing, follow the hot pack instructions, including reheating the contents, using a clean hot jar, and a new lid.

How much water is too much in a pressure cooker? ›

Don't fill the pressure cooker with food past the max level, which is usually ⅔ full. Overfilling may clog the steam-release valve or develop too much pressure.

How many cups of water do you put in a pressure canner? ›

NOTE: 3 quarts of water are needed regardless of how many jars are being canned. 6. Place filled jars on canning rack immediately after each jar is filled.

What can go wrong with a pressure canner? ›

Possible causes
  • Jars filled too full (leave recommended headspace).
  • Fluctuating pressure in a pressure canner. ...
  • Forced cooling of a pressure canner.
  • Jars packed too tightly.
  • Removed jars from water bath canner too quickly. ...
  • Removed jar from pressure canner too quickly.

How do I know when my pressure cooker is at full pressure? ›

Once it reaches pressure the float valve will pop up, the Instant Pot will beep once, and the cook time will begin to count down from 5 minutes. You might notice hissing sounds and some steam escaping from the steam release valve or float valve hole while the pressure builds – this is normal.

How do I know if my water pressure is too high? ›

Four Signs Your Water Pressure is Too High
  1. Banging or Clanging Noises in Pipes. When you run your faucet or flush your toilet, ideally shutting the water off or the flush cycle ending shouldn't make any strange sounds. ...
  2. Noisy Appliances. Is your dishwasher unexpectedly loud? ...
  3. Short Hot Water Supply. ...
  4. High Water Bills.
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Is 80 water pressure too high? ›

Normal psi for a home pipe system is between 30 and 80 psi. While you don't want the psi to be too low, it violates code to be above 80. Instead, you should aim for a psi that's between 60 and 70.

Can I leave jars in pressure canner overnight? ›

Note: don't be tempted to just turn the stove off after the processing time has elapsed, and leave your jars in the canner overnight. You run the risk of flat sour.

Can you use 1 2 gallon jars in a pressure canner? ›

A: Pressure canning in half gallon jars is not safe and not recommended. Only water bath canning juice is tested.

Can you use 1 2 pint jars in a pressure canner? ›

The rule they give is that a pressure canner load must consist of at least 2 quart (litre) jars OR 4 pint (half-litre) jars. To ensure proper pressure and temperature is achieved for safe processing, you must process at least 2 quart or 4 pint jars in the pressure canner at one time.”

Is it OK for jars to touch in the canner? ›

Don't allow the jars to touch each other. Jars must be covered by water—about 1 to 2 inches of water. Add more hot water from a separate kettle, if needed. Turn up the heat to get water in canner to boil.

Should I oil the seal on my pressure canner? ›

After each use of the pressure canner, remove the gas- ket and wash it in warm, sudsy water. Rinse, dry, and replace the gasket in the lid. Gaskets on older-model canners may require a light coating of vegetable oil once per year. Gaskets on newer-model canners are prelubricated and do not need oiling.


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