Are You Afraid Of Pressure Canning At Home?

Are you afraid of a pressure canner?  What if the thing blows up?

They are quite intimidating with all those latches, that ominous gauge, and that hissing steam vent.


But being able to preserve food is a really useful skill.   And a joy!  Every day I get a little jolt of happiness at the sight of my pantry lined with jars of homegrown food.


It’s also a big part of my backup plans.  Not only for backup food, but also the plan for ‘in case the freezer goes out’.  I remember seeing a news segment after a big storm and the camera zoomed in big hunks of dripping meat that were spoiling and would be wasted because the power was out.  That won’t ever happen at my homestead.  I’ll either be canning that meat or drying it.  But it dang sure isn’t going to waste.


I was recently sent a video about home canning to review.  Kendra and her husband decided to take the off-grid plunge is 2008 and they’ve been on an adventure towards self-sufficiency ever since.  In addition to a blog chronicling their journey, Kendra also has started a small homestead business.  Kendra is quite experienced with home canning and she has a DVD that shows you how to do both water bath and pressure canning.


The videography is sharp with a clean and simple style that is easy to watch.  Kendra is, well, attractive, and she demonstrates the processes very clearly.


If you have any concerns about using these big machines, watching Kendra’s gentle ease as she works with the equipment will definitely inspire you.


It’s a long DVD – almost 2 hours worth.  It’s not meant to be watched all in one sitting.  The best way to use the video is pick one of the many recipes Kendra offers, get the ingredients and the equipment, and jump right into that chapter of the video and follow along.   Kendra shows the full process for each recipe – especially repeating the safety precautions.


Here is a list of what Kendra will show you


  • Apple Jelly
  • Applesauce
  • Blueberry Pie Filling
  • Grape Juice
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Green Beans
  • Dried Beans
  • Ground Beef
  • Chicken
  • Chile Con Carne
  • Chicken Soup
  • Beef Stew


The information is really empowering for those that have not done any canning before.


Click here to get a copy of Kendra’s video http://newlifeonahomestead.com/at-home-canning-dvd/

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  • Carol says:

    Hi – I grew up canning & using a pressure cooker, so I am not afraid of it – but thought you would like to know of an unexpected experience after a flood near my home community (SE MN). Some people thought that they would at least be able to salvage their unbroken home canned foods when cleaning up after the flood – with a quick look, the jars seemed fine & the lids were still sealed. However, later, when attempting to use these foods, water & mud from the flood was discovered inside some of the jars! The jars were still sealed, so how could that be? It is only a guess, but some folks think that the tremendous pressure from the flood waters resealed the jars after the original seal was broken. Have you ever heard of such a thing?
    Another thing people should know about modern day floods is that the water is so contaminated that even having it touch your skin may cause chemical burns. Modern flood waters can be a kind of toxic soup with a mixture of things swept away from local gas stations and farm chemical tanks, as well as, hazardous waste from both local factories and post consumer waste collection sites. So, we need to be aware that sometimes, the land itself may become contaminated & can no longer be used for growing food. Some of the small farmers where I live were put out of business when their land was condemned & considered unsafe.

    1. Kendra Lynne says:

      What a shame that all of that food was spoiled, Carol! I can definitely sympathize. Though it is surprising that the jars leaked and then resealed. Guess you can never be too careful. Thanks for the warnings!

  • Kerry Anne says:

    Are a pressure cooker and a pressure canner the same thing?

    1. Kendra Lynne says:

      Hi Kerry Anne,

      Great question! A typical pressure cooker cannot be used to can. However, All American makes a pressure cooker/canner, which can be used for cooking AND canning. NEVER try to can in a standard pressure cooker, it is only safe to can in a pressure CANNER. 🙂

  • Kendra Lynne says:

    Thank you so much, Marjory, for the kind review. What an honor to be mentioned here. 🙂

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