View Full Version : 3 month review 921 American canner

10-17-2011, 12:00 PM
The American canner, made in America, is built like a tank and I can see it last many generations. Its a heavy, thick, solid and well constructed piece of USA aluminum. The cost to purchase might give you a bit of sticker shock but once it arrives on the brown truck you will fully understand why it costs what it does.

Things to consider when buying a caner.

How many people will be eating from the canned jars?
How much food will be canned at one time?
How big is your stove? Will it accommodate a HUGE canner?
How many BTU's is your burner? It takes almost 40 minutes to boil water in my 921 and that's only half full of room temp water.
What type of stove do you have? Glass top stoves are NOT compatible.
Do you want to can pints, quarts or a combo of both?

I find that with just the wife and I the wide mouth pint jars are a perfect match to our consumption levels. One wide mouth pint with pulled pork added to some rice gives us a meal for two with little to no leftovers. I also find that the pint and half pint jars are perfect for not having any leftovers that would need to be refrigerated and consumed in short order.

A canner larger then the 921 would be impossible for the wife to lift. Even the 921 needs to be filled with water while sitting on the stove with a pan instead of filling at the sink and moving over to the stove. The same goes for draining the boiling water out of the 921. We use a pan to bail the water to the sink.

The 921 acts like a giant heat sink when cooking or canning food. You cannot touch it after the fire is applied. The 921 is the perfect size for a 2-3 person family I believe. Any larger canner and it just becomes an unwieldy object in the kitchen.

The 921 comes in 2 models the old version and the newer style. Make sure to buy the new "rounded handle version".

The 921 is capable of doing 7 qts or 19 pints or 7qts/10pts combo. It cannot stack dual layers of quart jars for that you would need the 930. My feeling is the 930 is too tall and it would be difficult lifting mega-hot jars of food over the top edge while the canner sits on the average height stove. The 921 is the perfect compromise between size, volume and ease of use.

If you had tons of garden food or whole deer to can up and had an outside burner the 941 that holds 19 quart jars would be the answer. My guess is most of us do not have the stove to accommodate this large of a canner. Well thats about it. I give this canner 5 of 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone interested in prepping. Im going to be the best eating shtf person for many miles if the time ever comes. Im going to can breakfast sausage next week.

Old style

New style (921 top left)




The supervisor slacking off again...

10-17-2011, 1:57 PM
you aren't canning that cute little puppy are you....:o

10-17-2011, 2:19 PM
you aren't canning that cute little puppy are you....:o

No he's the dishwasher and floor cleaner. If you say oops when you spill some jam he licks the floor clean.:D

10-17-2011, 3:26 PM
I really want to get started in some canning. Who has a good price on the 921?

As always, I appreciate your "first person report" postings, PC. Keep 'em coming!

10-17-2011, 5:29 PM
I really want to get started in some canning. Who has a good price on the 921?

As always, I appreciate your "first person report" postings, PC. Keep 'em coming!

I try to give business to small companies in FREE states if at all possible. I found a small company in Idaho that sells them and ordered it.

Let me see if I can find the link.

On edit....

It was North Dakota. I found the company. I paid about 50 more for the newer model which was part shipping. Amazon has the old model cheaper if you feel like being whored out to a mega-conglomerate.



10-18-2011, 7:08 AM
I too, have a 921 canner, as well as a couple of older Presto canners. I LOVE my
921. PC is right abouth the weight, and time to heat, but the canner works great.

10-18-2011, 6:55 PM

Have you tried pressure canning with one of these?


I use mine for water bath canning but haven't tried pressure canning yet. Was wondering if there would be problems with temperature regulation.