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Old 10-01-2005, 10:17 AM   #11
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Here's a site where you can see the difference -

http://www.pressurecooker-outlet.com/

Pressure cookers are thingies that look like pots with a lid on them, that you pressure cook food directly in.

Pressure canners are larger, and they're used to 'pressure-can' foods already in jars, not to cook the food directly in.

Did that make sense?
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Old 10-01-2005, 10:26 AM   #12
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Thanks Marm. I just checked out that site and looked at the All American brand. I did a side by side comparison between the canners and cookers. They look like the exact same thing. Even the prices and numbers are all the same. For instance

All American Pressure Canner 10 Quart
All American # AA-910
Our Number OpcAA910

is the same as

All American Pressure Cooker 10 Quart
All American # AA-910
Our Number OpcAA910
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Old 10-01-2005, 11:03 AM   #13
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MOst folks get pressure cookers of about a 2-3 quart size, while the canners are the larger ones.
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Old 10-01-2005, 11:45 AM   #14
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Ah ok that makes some sense. Could I use a large pressure canners as a pressure cooker though if I wanted, or would it be just way too big? Say a 21.5 Qt. canner for instance.
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Old 10-01-2005, 08:30 PM   #15
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Don't Know, Geebs - you'd have to look at the directions for the specific canner - I think that with some of them, you can.
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Old 10-01-2005, 11:56 PM   #16
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Pressure cookers are normally in the 4-6 qt range, while pressure canners are larger (10-23 qt range). While the diameters of cookers and canners can sometimes be comperable, canners are generally taller.

Yes, a pressure canner can generally be used as a large pressure cooker. You will most often see these referred to as a "pressure cooker/canner" - or - a "pressure canner/cooker" depending on brand and/or size. When in doubt - read the instruction manual for the particular model you intend to purchase.
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Old 10-02-2005, 08:08 AM   #17
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I have a 4 pint pressure cooker/canner. I have canned carrots,corn,beets,and a few pints of tomatoes.The really lg qt canners are just that, a canner.Guess i'll forget the soups and make from scratch and fresh.Thank you all.
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Old 11-27-2005, 03:13 PM   #18
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I do a lot of canning, but this year in doing my turkey soup, I couldn't remember whether I put the noodles in or added them when it was served. I'm going for door number 2, which is confirmed by a number of members on this site. If anyone has an alternative to adding after, please post a reply. I would like to have a one-stop bottle to open for a meal... :-)
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