Review: All American 921

Pressure Cooker:
Wisconsin Aluminium Foundry

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On April 30, 2013
Last modified:April 30, 2013


A great piece of gear that will last longer than the average person's lifetime, this canner is big enough to handle some of the biggest canning tasks, while small enough that it does not take terribly long to heat up.


The aluminum is Silver in Color, it is highly polished, with a black bakelite plastic handle on the top of the canner, there is a pressure gauge to the left of the handle, and to the right of the handle there is a weighted gauge, there are 3 bakelight plastic wing nuts visible in the picture, which are used to clamp the lid down, in the center of the photo there are two warning labels each with orange bars at the top of them with indistinguishable text on the orange background and on the white background.

All American 921

Some of the most important pieces of gear that every prepper should have should be the gear that a prepper uses to preserve their food. My preferred means of preserving food is with use of a Pressure Cooker, or better known to me as a “Pressure Canner”.

Pressure canners allow you to can most low acid foods, which include meat, and most vegetables; without having to salt, pickle or preserve in sugar.

The 921 was the largest canner that I could fit onto my stove-top given that my stove has one of those over the range microwave and vent hoods.

I have been using the All American 921 Pressure Canner for the last couple of years in addition I recently picked up an All American 941 pressure canner.

Personally, I prefer the quality of American Made goods, and the quality of the All American Pressure Canner, is not beaten by any of the Chinese made pressure cookers. The cast aluminum is very thick, and the lid is perfectly machined to match with the sealing surface of the pot. Meaning, because of their perfection, there is no need for a gasket to hold a seal to allow the pressure canner to pressurize.

I cannot say enough good things about this canner, it is one of the coolest things I own, and I am glad to know that I will be able to pass this down to my kids or grand kids, with it still in perfect working order.

Operating the All American 921:

Once you have packed your jars to the specification of the Ball Blue Book, or to the specification of your university extension office (link: U of M Extension), or other trustworthy source of safe canning recipes; the operation of the canner is as follows.

  1. Fill the canner to the fill line, or to the manuals specification.
  2. Add a splash of vinegar to prevent hard water stains on the jars.
  3. Load the canner with your jars, use the second tier rack (if needed)
  4. Verify no sediment on the emergency pressure relief, vent, and gauge.
  5. Place the lid on the canner with the weighted gauge removed
  6. Twist the lid into place, and clamp the lid down with the wing nuts.
  7. Heat the canner up, wait for steam to start steadily pouring out of the vent.
  8. Place the weighted gauge on the canner. (according to your recipe)
  9. Allow the canner to pressurize.
  10. Once the canner is pressurized, and the weighted gauge starts to jiggle start your timer (specified by your recipe).
  11. Once your timer goes off, turn the burner off.
  12. Allow the canner to cool.
  13. Once the pressure gauge drops to zero, remove the weighted gauge.
  14. Wear appropriate safety gear to prevent any steam burns, and loosen the wing nuts.
  15. Twist to and lift the lid so the steam goes away from you, and not up into your face.
  16. Remove your jars, and allow them to cool.

Specifications of the All American 921:

  • Included: Cooking/canning rack and instruction & recipe book
  • Capacity: 21 1/2 Quarts (Liquid), 19 Pint Jars, 7 Quart Jars
  • Dimensions:
    • Inside diameter – 12 5/8 inches
    • Inside Height – 10 1/2 inches
    • Overall Length – 15 inches
    • Overall Height – 16 inches
  • Weight: 23 Pounds
  • Origin: Made in USA

(Jar capacities are based on round regular mouth standard Mason jar sizes)

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A great piece of gear that will last longer than the average person's lifetime, this canner is big enough to handle some of the biggest canning tasks, while small enough that it does not take terribly long to heat up.

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