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From: elote (
Subject: Size matters, so to speak. m
Date: April 8, 2003 at 6:13 pm PST

In Reply to: What is the diff between a PC and a posted by Wendy J on April 8, 2003 at 1:44 am:

While the theory is the same, the difference in size is so great that they cannot be used interchangeably.

Recipes take into account time needed to bring the pressure up and down.

A pressure canner can't be used for regular recipes because it takes so long to bring to pressure that the food would be overcooked.

A pressure cooker can't be used for pressure canning because the canning recipes take into account the long, slow natural release, and the pressure cooker cools down too fast.

My grandmother's 4 qt Presto cooker, however, was perfect for (water-bath) canning small batches of pickles and relishes. Older Presto's have a taller, narrower profile than most other brands, and fit a standard pint jar perfectly.


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