Vintage Pressure Canners
One day my neighbor dropped by my house while I was cooking and I was reading about how pressure canners and cookers were invented. She told me she had a relic or vintage pressure canner which was owned by her grand mother and she wanted to know where she could get replacement parts, I wanted to scream and tell her to get a life insurance!
After the Second World War when the demand for the pressure canners and cookers outstripped the rate they were being manufactured (during the war, the manufacturing was limited due to demand for steel and aluminium, the government limited the manufacturing). Many second rate pressure canners and cookers came into the market which may have made newly weds of baby boomers happy but it was a pressure bomb waiting to explode anytime. So there were many deaths and in the news “… in the pressure canner/cooker” people knew what happened. Due to this reason the demand for cookers reduced and with the advent of microwave and other new kitchen appliances it further reduced.
Beware of the Dangers
Even if she was actively looking for the parts, those manufacturers have gone out of business 25 years ago and if you don’t worry about your safety you must consider using this relic. It is unsafe to use and the cost is much more than $100 you should spend on modern pressure cookers with modern features and venting systems. If you see rust or green in aluminum, the metal has degraded and your food inside would go bland, not to mention the harmful bacteria that may go in ou food. Use those relics as display,pot fern or dog’s bowl.Try as much to dissuade anybody that you see from using these vintage pressure canners or cookers, a loose part flying out of these vintage is like stray bullets off the gun.