OK so I am just about ready to plunk down the money for a pressure canner, I'm sick of doing starters as a one-off.
I'm wondering if folks who have the Presto 16 Qt
and/or the 23 Qt
models could offer your impressions on the size (or comparable size products by other manufacturers).
The 16 qt has a capacity of 7 Quart jars or 10 Pint jars
The 23 qt has a capacity of 7 Quart jars or 19 Pint jars
I gather that they're about the same size around and the big canner is taller. There's only about 6 bucks price difference so the price isn't an issue.
I'm torn on which would be the better purchase for me.
Possible negative scenario w/the 16 qt: Man, I really wish I didn't have to do this again so soon. Would be so much nicer if I could have done 9 more pint jars at once!
Possible negative scenario w/the 23 qt: Man, it's a big pain in the ass to store and schlep this big thing. I wish my canner was smaller, the process is pretty straightforward and it isn't worth having this big hunk of aluminum just to can slightly less frequently!
So those of you who have canners of either size, what is your impression of the thing?