I've owned pressure cookers and canners since the 80's. I own a larger All American but wanted a small size for smaller amounts. This, the smallest size, is not only not as tall as the larger models but also considerably smaller in diameter. I don't need to go into the quality of construction, the ease of use, or the fact that this purchase supports an American industry. However, it should be noted that a 10.5 quart pressure canner is also very practical for use as a pressure cooker. Certainly it's heavier than an ordinary pressure cooker, with much thicker wall construction. However, it is a dual-duty appliance that can be used as a canner and just as easily be used to cook a turkey, a roast, stew, chili, etc. One can easily pay this amount again for an expensive pressure cooker that will work no better than the All American. This can be a real benefit to someone without tons of storage space. I have used an 8-quart Mirro pressure cooker for thirty years-this is quite a bit heavier, but again it's quite practical for pressure cooking as well as pressure canning. In fact, the entire first half of the extensive owner's manual is recipes and directions on use as a pressure cooker. Buy one of these and it can last fifty years easily!
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Please tell us about the quality of the product. the best
How accurate was the on site description of the product? excellent
I learned all about pressure cooking with a 21.5 qt American Standard pressure cooker/canner. The ability to cook stews and soups in 4-15 minutes with a layering and richness of flavor greater than anything I could do in 10 hours wa fabulously addicting. I used it daily for 5 years and I still use this huge pressure cooker, as will my children and their children since these are built like tanks.
Since I had originally bought the 21.5 qt model for canning, and it was bulky for everyday use, I purchased different styles and brands of smaller pressure cookers and was never as pleased with them as I am with my American Standard. Many of the other cooktop models limited pressure ranges with some of them not even getting 15psi which is standard for stews and soups and none of them have pressure gauges. The electric pressure cookers take 81 minutes to make stew. It takes 11 minutes in pressure cooker that gets 15psi. The other cooktop cookers have little buttons that pop up to tell you when pressure is reached but these usually pop before pressure is reached and you have to watch for a certain amount of steam....pure nonsense once you have used an American Standard pressure cooker. It is built like a tank, has a rocker to let you know when ideal pressure of 5/10/15 psi is close and a pressure gauge so you know exactly what the pressure is....
I looked everywhere for a smaller size American Standard pressure cooker and couldn't find one anywhere. KUDOS Overstock! I am now using the best pressure cooker on the market in an everyday size. Thank you! I am ordering another one for my mom.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Excellent
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Excellent-best on the market as far as I'm concerned
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Very accurate
This pressure cooker does not have any gaskets, a plus. But you must read the directions carefully before using. Be sure to lubricate the lid joints prior to using the first time, critical! Getting the lid on evenly on all sides is also very important, but easily accomplished. This pressure cooker will hold 4 quarts jars or 7 pints. It's a great deal!
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? yes, all stainless
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Very good quality, American made and obviously done with pride
How accurate was the on site description of the product? The description was very accurate, but don't get confused with 10.5-quart meaning it has the capacity for 10 quart jars, it does not
I've never used a pressure cooker before. I bought this one because it was made in America, got great reviews and I didn't have to replace anything ever. Upon getting it, it's a little daunting to read all the info but it all made sense and in the end, it was easy to use. I love it and would recommend it to anyone. The only thing I didn't like is that the "stand" inside, turns colors after using it as it's a thin aluminum.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? exact
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Product quality is the same as everyone says. Made in America and it's apparent. Very good craftsmanship
How accurate was the on site description of the product? perfect
This is a solid, sturdy, well-made little canner. Shipping was extremely quick and I was canning within a week of ordering. I was wavering between the 10.5 and 15.5 quart sizes and went with the smaller one...so it makes for a longer day because I can only can very small batches (if wavering, spend a little more and get the next size up). I personally decided on the smaller, lighter weight 10.5 qt because I have a glass cooktop. Although not "officially recommended" for use on glass cooktops due to the indentation on the bottom of the All American canner and the potential weight when full, I have had no issues and enthusiastically recommend this little model!
The only thing keeping me from writing excellent is that it is made of aluminum. The heavy gauge aluminum is perfect but I try to avoid aluminum as much as possible because of the possible health related problems. I only cook artichokes in it, but that is all I have ever cooked in a pressure cooker. This is the third pressure cooker that I have purchased. The first two were stainless steel and electric. They only lasted a couple of years each. I love this pressure cooker and will continue to use it unless a stainless steel one becomes available by this American company.
It is very easy to use. It gets much use at our home because we start almost every dinner with an artichoke which we dip in fresh lemon and a little organic garlic salt.
Being able to buy something made in America is also very important to us.
This was the best canner to use to learn how to can. Now that I am a pro, I am graduating to an All American 921, though I have had the opportunity to use the 930, which is a beast but excellent if you have a ton of canning that needs to get done in a short amount of time. I've also had the opportunity to use other brands of canners that work okay but the All American canner is the best for your money. Plus, unlike the cheap versions that look like crap after a few years, the All American is an heirloom for several generations.
This is the 3rd All American canner we have bought in the last few months. Yah it's that impressive. Add a couple ounces of water put on top, turn on & adjust heat & get it right every time. I think my wife loves it more than ME ! Although I am kind of a dink.
Are these pressure cookers safe for smooth top ranges? I have heard that the heat is too intense.lilfroggie on Jul 13, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello lilfroggie, I was reading online about it and everything says to contact the manufacturer of your stove to make sure. You are correct some smooth top stoves can not use a pressure cooker/ canner. Have a great day!overstockcustomercare1 on Jul 21, 2014
Thank you for contacting us kbnaz. The unit is 15 pounds. Please let us know if you have any further questions.overstockcustomercare1 on Mar 3, 2014
about 13 pounds on my scaleapril1941 on Apr 12, 2014
Can i use a mini electric portative stove with pressure canner, because i have a glasstop stove? If so, how many watts the portative stove should be "have"
Luc sept-iles, Qc,caseptiles7 on Jan 20, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello, septiles7. A portable stove would work with this, but it would have to be fairly high wattage to get the canner hot enough. I would recommend a 1300-watt stove if you can find one. Thank you for shopping with us!overstockcustomercare1 on Jan 30, 2014
I have a glasstop stove - can I use this pressure cooker on it, and if not, why not?taqua on Apr 23, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
We do not recommend using ALL-AMERICAN Pressure Cookers on glass top stoves, because it is our understanding that the stove manufacturers recommend using flat cooking utensils, and the ALL-AMERICAN Pressure Cookers have indentations on the bottom with product information. Also, due to the weight of the pressure cookers, if they are dropped or dragged across the glass top, it may crack or scratch the glass top, and we cannot be held responsible for this damage.overstockcustomercare1 on Apr 24, 2012
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