The All American pressure canner is the Cadillac of home canners. I waited several years to purchase this one and I was very impressed when I took it out of the box. This canner has all the bells and whistles and it makes the job of canning a enjoyable process. I also don't worry about this canner blowing up, it has several safety features that will vent the pressure before that happens. I haven't cooked anything in it, but I bet it would be great for that purpose also.