Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker Review

Looking like a big stockpot with a pressure release valve and a pressure gauge sticking out of the top of it is the Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker. Does it have what it takes to become one of the best pressure cookers I’ve reviewed? Well, let’s find out and take a good look at this cooker/canner that has generally received some pretty good praise from other pressure cooker reviews.

This device is not only made of high quality aluminum but it is also big enough to hold 23 quarts—which makes it very suitable for canning. And even though it’s big, because it’s made of aluminum it is lighter than some cookers, which should make it good for use on smooth stovetops or just about any other stove-top.

However, as they say, the proof is in the pudding, so I decided to put this thing to the test and see if it can pull out a win. The first thing I decided to do was to use it to can some vegetables. I didn’t have any from my garden, so I decided to go out to the grocery store and buy some bell peppers and try my hand at canning. After following all of the instructions in the guide, in about 40 minutes I had my red bell peppers canned and I was pretty pleased with myself, so I decided to move on to do a little bit of cooking with this system.

I placed some pork chops into this pressure cooker, added some onions and carrots and then proceeded to cook them. In about 20 minutes, I had a full dinner with tender pork chops that were cooked just right and weren’t overcooked. And when it was done, I noticed that the handles on this cooker stayed nice and cool. Which is always a plus.

Canning and cooking wasn’t the only things that were a breeze with this cooker, however. Clean up was as well. It took very little effort to get this thing clean and ready for its next job. Sure, I had to remove the sealing ring to clean the inside of the rim but that wasn’t difficult at all.

This cooker comes with a 12-year warranty, so I’m sure that it’s as durable as it looks and feels. However, I do see some potential problem areas. For example, you have to really take care of the dial gauge. It’s rather delicate and it can probably be easily broken. I also imagine that the gasket may wear out on this device before the rest of it does and need to be replaced. Of course, I didn’t have any problems with either part of this device but I haven’t used it for a long time either.

Overall, I think the Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker is a high quality cooker that should bring you many years of cooking and canning. I know that it has become a welcome addition to my kitchen and maybe a welcome one in yours as well.

9.6 Total Score
Bottom Line

A high quality cooker that should bring you many years of cooking and canning. It has become a welcome addition to my kitchen.

Operating Temperatures
Cooking Quality
  • Safe On Smooth Top Stoves
  • High Quality
  • Durable
  • Good Value
  • Gaskets May Need Periodic Replacement
  • Care Must Be Taken With Dial Gauge
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