Re: [gardeners] George-Pressure canner

George Shirley (
Mon, 16 Jul 2001 06:23:20 -0500

Oh yeah, not wise to not have a rack in your canner or your BWB. Jars sitting
directly on the bottom will generally break.

I recommend two books to most folks, the Ball Blue Book, available at most
Walmart stores, and the book Putting Food By, available from and
other places. Both are inexpensive and well worth the money and effort.


Craig Watts wrote:
> Ohps, pardon my inaccurate discription as it IS a pressure canner. I do
> know that the pressure cooker should NOT be used for canning. The wood
> handles are on the bottom portion of the canner. They do have alignment
> marks to gaurantee that the lid is in the full locked position.
> About your jars being broken at the bottom. I have a small metal grate that
> we put on the bottom of the vassel and load the jars on top of it. It is
> only a 1/4" stand-off but keeps the jars from being right on the very hot
> bottom of the canner. Are you using one of those?
> BTW- the National is the same company that is now Mirro, and I have an
> e-mail requesting info. Thanks of your input. I'll check out the Presto
> site also. To anyone else wanting to know about canning, I do recommend the
> link provided at the bottom of this reply.
> Craig Watts
> ----------
> From: George Shirley <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: [gardeners] George-Pressure canner
> Date: Sunday, July 15, 2001 9:57 PM
> Look up Mirro's web site and you'll probably find the parts you need.
> Barring
> that you may have to carve one from hardwood. Mine is a 35-year old Sears
> Harmony Maid, aka Presto. I have found parts at the Mirro site and Sears
> still
> carries them too. If it's the round handle that has a long screw jobbie
> going
> down the middle you can get a one-inch hardwood dowel and drill the proper
> sized
> hole in it. I hope your National is also rated as a pressure canner.
> Pressure
> cookers don't usually have to handle the pressure a canner does.
> George
> Craig Watts wrote:
> >
> > George,
> >
> > We have the #7 Pressure cooker from the National Pressure Cooker Company
> > (Now know as Mirro from an e-list at
> >
> >
> > We've got a broken wood handle and would like to know your experience in
> > getting parts. Where and who.
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Craig Watts
> >