Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker

Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cookercheck pricesThe USDA recommends for safe canning that the pressure cooker is the only recommended process to use for low acid foods such as vegetables, meats and poultry.  The Presto 23 quart pressure canner and cooker is big enough to handle any family’s needs.  It is of professional quality made from heavy duty aluminum.  The 23 quart pressure canner and cooker has stayed cool handles and a strong lock steel lid.  There is a rack on the bottom to keep the jars off the bottom so the liquid can circulate under them.

Presto guarantees this 23 quart pressure canner and cooker with a 12 year extended warranty. There is an enclosed manual with instructions on how to clean and care for the unit.  It has the same safety features of the other Presto pressure cookers.  The lid will not release until the steam is at a safe pressure level. There is a deluxe pressure gauge that registers a complete range of processing pressures for whatever you are cooking or canning.

Presto gaugeThe pressure gauge gives an accurate reading so that the pressure can be kept constant while cooking. The sturdy lid locks down during cooking or canning. There is an inner sealing ring that helps to keep the steam in.  There is an overpressure plug that will let steam off it if builds up excessively.

Owner Reviews:

We have summarized the most common comments from actual owners of this model. They include both positive and negative views on the product.


Many customers commented on how easy it was to use.  This is a huge positive statement because many people are afraid to use a pressure canner and cooker.  People that have been canning for many year like this newer model because they can just use a weighted gauge and not depend on the accuracy of a dial.

Presto CannerWith everyone now realizing that sometimes the “old way of doing things” is turning out to be the healthier way, more and more people are turning to canning their own fruits and vegetables.   You can control the ingredients in your food.   Canned foods have so much added salt, and/or sugar that it sometimes can be more detrimental to your health to eat these called healthy foods.  Many customers of this Presto canner and cooker like the health benefits that it affords.  There are some people who are concerned about the chemicals that a can leak into the food from cans, which is not a problem when using glass jars for canning.

glass jars with soupsThere were positive comments on how good the instruction book was that is included with this Canner and Cooker.  It gives several methods of preserving your food.  It shows you how to preserve food that is fully cooked so all you have to do is warm it up to serve it or how to safely preserve it so it can be cooked just before serving or using in a recipe.  Of course, there are plenty of directions on how to make delicious jams and preserves.


A surprising observation is that there were several customers that have used this on their flat cook top with no problems and good results despite the weight.

People that were new to pressure canning found this Presto 23 quart canner and cooker easy to use and had excellent results.


glass jars with tomatoesThere was one woman out of over 400 reviews who said her cooker and canner exploded.  As I have mentioned over and over again, with a pressure cooker—ANY PRESSURE COOKER—you must read and follow the directions in the instruction booklet.  One customer review who absolutely loves this Presto Cooker and Canner pointed out that the instruction booklet recommends having a gauge check performed.  It has to do with seeing if it needs to be calibrated for the altitude you’ll be using it at.

This is something that seldom happens, but it is best to check it out first.  There are some canners that do not have the weighted gauge, but those who have used pressure cookers with other types of pressure gauges much prefer the weighted gauge method.



Presto 23qt. Canner
Date Published: 07/23/2012
This particular canner is very easy to use for the beginner. Remember this product is only to be used as a canner - not a pressure cooker for meals. This is a lighter canner than many on the market. If your into canning this will serve you well.
4.2 / 5 stars

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  • Doubles as a boiling-water canner for preserving fruits, jams, jellies, pickles, and salsa
  • Constructed of warp-resistant heavy-gauge aluminum for fast, even heating
  • Deluxe pressure dial gauge registers the complete range of processing pressures
  • Extra-large size is great for big canning jobs;
  • Includes canning/cooking rack and complete 76-page instruction and recipe book