Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Need a pressure canner?

I just heard from Glenda Ervin, Director of Marketing at Lehman's, that they have All American canners (Model 921) again. Specifically she said, "We have hundreds of these canners in stock (finally)!"

This is the exact model I've had for over 30 years. It's a phenomenal beast designed to last a lifetime. If you're looking for a pressure canner, I can't recommend this model highly enough.

I literally taught myself how to can back in 1991 by following the directions in this canner's information booklet (which I still have). I have canned untold thousands – possibly tens of thousands – of jars of food in this canner over the last three decades.

Additionally, Glenda said they found a new supplier for bulk canning lids.

Just passing along the word. If you want a canner, I wouldn't delay if I were you.


  1. After having problems with the cheaper canners, I just ordered this one. Thank you for letting us know about the availability.

  2. I would like to second your comments on the 921. I’ve had mine for ten years now and it still looks like the day I bought it (after canning about 70 jars per year). A lifetime investment for sure and made in USA! I’m also using it for water bath canning (no pressure) my pickles and jams; I just leave the weight off. Works great on my Kitchen Queen cook stove.

  3. My wife and I have two of the older lid locking type. They work fine. Would I love to have one of Lehman's? Absolutely! I'd also like to have a large tilt bed band saw, a bigger drill press, a lathe. Point is, when the tools you have are decent quality and work well enough, it's hard to justify spending large amounts of money for a newer, slightly better design.

  4. Didn't need a canner, but I ordered some lids -- thank you for passing along the information!

  5. You are absolutely right! I've used my all American extensively over the last 20 years and they are the best!

  6. Do you have your dial checked to make sure it's accurate? I haven't used my canner in over 5 years and just wondering if (and where) I would need to get the dial and rubber seal checked.


    1. I usually get my dial checked every couple of years, though for the record it's never been incorrect in the 30+ years I've had this canner. You might try your local extension service to see if anyone can check your dial.

      Since my canner is an All American, it doesn't have a rubber seal (it's a metal-to-metal seal). If yours has a seal, I presume it's a Presto. It would be a good idea to have some extra seals on hand, since they need replacement every so often.

      The only seal on my canner is the over-pressure valve. I didn't realize it needed periodic replacement until it blew out in a spectacular fashion one day. Startled me to bits! The poor valve was so chewed up with age, I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did (possible 25 yrs). I immediately ordered something like 10 replacement valves, so now I have a lifetime supply.

      - Patrice