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All American 921 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner Review

I’ve heard many good things about the All American 921 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner, so needless to say I was pretty excited to get my hands on one. After all, these cookers have been manufactured by the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry in the USA since the 1930s and some people claim that this series is the best pressure cooker. It is also one that seems to consistently get high ratings in their pressure cooker reviews. Let’s get started!

The first thing I noticed when I unpacked this cooker is that it’s nice, big and heavy. In fact, it feels like something that you’d find in some industrial kitchen. It’s made out of cast aluminum and weighs around 20 pounds. I should have expected that however, considering that it’s a 21-1/2-quart pressure cooker made out of metal. It just feels like its high quality.

The next thing that I noticed is that it doesn’t use gaskets of any kind. It has a metal to metal design that should make it last a really good time. That’s because gaskets are usually one of the first things that begin to wear out on a pressure cooker, so it’s pretty nice to see one made without a gasket. Which probably confirms the stories I’ve heard of people passing these cookers down through the generations as a family heirloom. I don’t have a few decades to test that premise but this cooker does feel like it could last a good long time. Probably the only thing that would wear out is the pressure gauge.

Using it was fairly easy as well. I just put water into it and tightened down the screws and I was ready t go. It not only came to pressure quickly but it also heated up very evenly. This allowed me to make several great meals and even try my hand at canning some vegetables. I must say that this is a nifty cooker, although it’s quite big and heavy.

I was able to set it to 5 PSI, 10 PSI or 15 PSI. 15 PSI is a really high pressure and heat that can really cook meals in no time flat. The lower PSI is good for soups and stews that you plan on slow cooking. Being able to adjust between these 3 settings gave me quite a range of cooking temps to choose from.

Although my experience with this cooker has been positive so far, I do have one concern. Whether it would be good on smooth top (glass top) stoves. Obviously, since it’s heavy, you don’t want to drop it on your glass top stove—even from a relatively low height. But I’m also concerned that these types of stoves might not heat it up correctly, especially electric stoves that cut off the burner when it gets too hot. If you’ve used stove top pressure cookers before and haven’t had a problem, then you might not with this one either but it is something to consider.

Overall, I think this cooker is a large, heavy-duty American-made cooker that’s capable of canning and cooking just about anything you throw at it.

9.8 Total Score
Bottom Line

It's a large, heavy-duty American-made cooker that's capable of canning and cooking just about anything you throw at it.

Operating Temperatures
Cooking Quality
  • Heavy Duty
  • Durable
  • American Made
  • All Metal-No Gasket To Deform
  • 3 Pressure Levels (5, 10 & 15 PSI)
  • May Not Be Good For Use On Some Smooth Stove Tops
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