The All-American 930 30-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner is one of the six All American series. Made of hand-cast heavy gauge aluminum, it is built to last for a lifetime. This is for the hard-core canners to do batches of canning of meats, bean, vegetables and sauces very efficiently.
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Cleverly labeled by the All American as 930, it represents 30 quarts in liquid capacity, which translates to 19-pint or 14-quart regular jars in canning capability. If you happen to like the wide-mouth jars as I do, the capacity is reduced so slightly to 16 pint or 14 quart jars. So the only change is in the pint-size, but not in quart-size jars.
It’s refreshing and rare at the same time that there are still manufacturers like the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry that carries on the tradition since 1909 of using quality material and uncompromising manufacturing process. The end result is the pressure cooker is well constructed with industrial grade aluminum and it will withstand the test of time. The sheer weight of over 21 pounds alone is a true testimony of the quality commitment.
The canner is 19 inches high, 12.5 inches inside diameter with cooking pot volume of 3.3 cubic feet. The advantage of such an impressive size is that it can get a lot of canning/cooking done in fewer batches. The flip side is that it’s so large and heavy that it requires a lot of head space between the cook tops and the range. Plus it takes a big muscle man to move it if needed.
Another disadvantage is that this cooker/canner CAN’T be used on glass tops such as ceramic or induction.
The pressure is regulated by a round weight on top of the vent pipe. This is the primary safety valve to let excess steam escape. As a redundancy safety measure, an over-pressure plug on top of the lid will come into play if the vent pipe of the primary valve is clogged with food particles.
The All-American 930 combines the traditional design of pressure cookers with modern improvements. The cooker is uniquely designed with a metal-to-metal seal between the lid and the pot. The benefit of this feature is that you will NEVER have to worry about checking the gasket and not to remember to replace the gasket if it’s worn out. The metal surfaces of the lid and the cooking pot are beveled to create a perfect seal. The six wing nuts help further secure the seal by being tightened down ONE PAIR at a time. Never just do one at a time as it will cause imbalance and gaps. A new cooker may leaks very slightly around the metal seal, but it will disappear after a few uses.
One of the best features of the All-American pressure cooker/canner is the three pressure level setting, i.e. 5, 10 and 15 psi (pounds per square inch) which offers you unlimited possibilities to try all pressure cooking recipes. The pressure gauge gives a clear visual reading of the pressure level in the cooker. This takes all the guessing out of pressure cooking. You don’t have to be glued to the burner to watch over if you are canning chicken for 90 minutes. But don’t take this so literally. You still need to be around to monitor the progress of the cooking or canning.
You can either let the cooker to cool naturally until the pressure gauge reaches zero. With the huge size and heavy load, applying “cold water method” is not realistic if not impossible.
There is a top handle and two side handles all made of bakelite material that is supposed to stay cool during cooking.
Reading the User’s Manual is your first step in successful using the canner. Test the cooker with some water for the first time to figure out the ins and outs of pressure vs. heat level. Then you can proceed with cooking with real food.
Cleaning is no different than cleaning any other cookware in your kitchen. Use some warm soapy water to clean the pot. Occasionally you may need to clean the vent pipe if it’s clogged with foods. Follow the instructions on how to do that.
The cooker comes with two racks for you to use either on the bottom of the cooker to avoid food being stuck or burned and it’s also great for double-layering the canning jars.
4.9 out of 5The All-American 930 is rated extremely favorably with 4.9 star ratings by 68 customers on Amazon. Just two summaries from the many reviews:
One major flaw with this much-loved product is the shorter (much shorter) warranty period of one-year. I hope the Wisconsin Aluminum takes to heart of the feeback by so many customers.
There is not much to replace with this canner. But if you need something, it’s easy to get hold of the manufacturer’s authorized retailers or get it on Amazon.
This pressure cooker/canner is expensive and indeed a smart investment to reap returns in the near future. If you amortized the price over 30 to 50 years, the cost of buying it were nothing. All the sizes are available at Amazon with very attractive prices than the other retailers. Buying from Amazon can be done with a blindfold.
If you are an avid canner, this is definitely one of the best pressure cookers/canners on the market. Even though the European brands may have newer safety features, they can’t even come close the capacity size and the build of the All American products.
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