Pressure Canning can be a very scary task for many of you. And thanks to the power of the Internet and unqualified canning groups on social media, navigating these waters can be even more scary.
I received a question via email this week. I believe the question and answer were worth sharing with everyone seeing this very question comes up often in my canning group on Facebook; Canning, Dehydrating and Long-Term Food Storage. The Question was:
I have a Nesco 9 quart Smart Canner because I have a glass top on my stove. My issue is I cannot locate recipes specific to the Nesco Smart Canner. Can I use regular canning recipes? If so, do I have to adjust the time? Nesco is absolutely no help and I am ready to ship it back I am that frustrated.
Within the Nesco guide, I was happy to see Nesco includes standard (10 psi) and high altitude (15 psi) valves, so you may simply follow any pressure canning recipe and adjust the psi according to your elevation. Click here to find your elevation and learn your altitude.
Canners do not need to follow a recipe specific to their brand of canner because the manufacture creates a canner with standard pressure canning principals (the same science and math used for centuries) in mind.
Any of my recipes from my cookbook, The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning, will work with your Nesco Smart Canner. You simply need to know your altitude so you know which psi to place your digital canner setting, then create your recipe and follow your canner’s operating guide to preserve the food in jars.