I love my pressure cooker. It helps me spend less time cooking, because foods boil so much faster in it. I have one of those basic stainless steel pressure cookers, without any bells and whistles such steam gauges or multiple pressure settings. Even so, I’m very happy with it. I was. Until I saw the All American 921 All-American 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker and Canner. I saw it on Amazon, selling for $200 only. That’s awesome, because the retail price for this beauty is no less than $362. At 45% discount and free shipping, who wouldn’t want it?
Why I would buy the All American 921 All-American 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker and Canner
First of all, it doesn’t have a gasket. The “metal-to-metal” sealing system provides a steam-tight seal. No parts will ever wear, no matter how much you use the cooker. Rubber gaskets are inevitably worn out after a few years. Finding replacement gaskets that fit can be a real challenge, especially for older models of pressure cookers. And even the newest cookers of today will eventually turn into tomorrow’s old cookware.
It is made from durable, hand-cast aluminum. This makes it much lighter than a stainless steel one. Even so, it still weighs 20 pounds. It’s solid and durable. I was impressed with one of the user reviews on Amazon. That lady said she had a 30 year old All American canner, still in perfect shape:
I can’t add anything the other reviews other that mine is over 30 year old it is in perfect shape. I’ve been told that my Grandmother sent 1000’s of cans through this in her day and I intend to do the same. The company’s web site is very good if you need replacement parts but I doubt you’ll ever need them.
The screws that seal the lid to the pot look sturdy. I’d feel safe around this cooker running at full pressure. I happen to know the victim of a terrible kitchen accident in which the lid went off an improvised pressure pot. The recovery was absolutely awful, the poor guy went through skin transplants, several reconstructive surgeries and a lot of pain. I’d never buy a cheap pressure cooker. Steam can cause horrible burns, therefore safety is a priority when shopping for such cookware.
It is BIG. This would make my life so much easier around holidays, when the family gets together. To give you only one example, there’s a delicious traditional Romanian dish called Salata de Boeuf, which calls for boiling big chunks of meat and lots of potatoes, carrots, parsnip and celery root. The traditional dish is made with beef. I don’t know how it comes, but cows here seem to be about Methuselah’s age by the time they get slaughtered, this is how tough the meat is. Boiling it in a normal pot would take you 4-5 hours minimum. Use a pressure cooker and you can have it done in 45 minutes to one hour. A big pressure cooker offers enough room to boil meat and vegetables together. In 10-15 minutes the veggies would be done. Just take the cooker off the stovetop, let it cool a little until all pressure is released, take the vegetables out, then return it on the heat and cook until the meat is done as well. This is good if you’re in a hurry. I’ll explain you in another post, dedicated to Salata de Boeuf. For now, let’s stick to pressure cookers.
They say on Amazon that this cooker can accommodate 19 pint jars or 7 quart jars. If I buy it, I intend to use it for canning foods. I’m pleased with this size. If I make two batches I’ll have canned foods throughout the whole winter. I used to sterilize the jars in hot water bath. Most of the times I did a good job. However, I read that pressure cookers are highly recommended for canning vegetables and non-acid fruit. The reason is that high heat generated in these cookers kills more bacteria. I can’t wait to turn myself into a serial bacteria killer! I just need to get the big weapon.
The pressure regulator features three presets. The pressure gauge gives a clear reading, so you have the canning process totally under control.
What people say about the All American 921 All-American 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker and Canner
Most people were impressed with the durability of this cooker.
the old adage “you get what you pay for” continues to be true. This canner is exceptionally well-made and is built to last a lifetime.
This is a funny one:
This is the cadillac of PC’s. Metal to metal seal works great.
We looked at a number of pressure cookers and after reading the details we found no other units that reach the pressure range of the All American.
I love both my canners, I have the 910 and now the 921 model. This is a true American product made here in the good ole’ U.S.A. and not some piece of crap China garbage.
I have owned several gasketed canners, and after using the gasket-free kind, I’ll never go back. I purchased my first All-American King Kanner about 30 years ago at an estate sale for $5. I have no idea how old it was when I bought it. I’m still using it.
If you want to read more, there are about 120 reviews on Amazon, most of them rating the All American pressure cooker as 5 star product. I’m impressed and I’m tempted to get one for $200 because I’m afraid the price might go up again if I wait too long. Check it out here and see if you qualify for the Free Super Saver Shipping program.