Induction Pressure Canners/Cookers
So, I've started canning. I like it, and I'd like to do it more. But, I have an induction stovetop. I can do waterbath canning no problem, but I'm having a heck of a time finding an affordable, induction-ready pressure canner. Is Fagor the only brand available? Has anyone had success finding a work around?
I thought about buying an aluminum pressure cooker/canner (which are plentiful and cheap) and a single-element plug-in element. Most hotplate type burners are way too small to heat (or even support) a 10 or 20 quart canner, so those don't seem like a reasonable alternative.
Are you looking for one that has iron content to actually heat? Or, are you worried about the size of your burner compared to the diameter of the pressure cooker?
Wal-Mart where I live has large pressure cookers in their canning area with the ball jars and related stuff. Those cheap models seem to work pretty well for most folks canning for the winter months.
Apart from Fagor the only one I'm aware of is Kuhn Rikon's 12L unit., which I believe makes Fagor's model an amazing bargain in comparison.
What's affordable by the way? Fagor's 10qt Elite is listing on Amazon.com for about USD$ 90 and the Futuro 10 qt for USD$ 160. The Kuhn Rikon is USD$ 400.
For use on your induction stove you need a pot that is either all steel, or has steel insert in the base - and that steel has to be the right kind (magnetic). European manufacturers have been making induction compatible pressure cookers for some time, but they are relatively expensive, and not readily available in the larger canning sizes.
I believe the US home canning market is dominated by a few manufacturers like Presto and Wisconsin Aluminum Foundary. Presto makes a popular 6 qt stainless steel pressure cooker (is it induction compatible?), but I don't know if they make a larger one in stainless steel. A stainless canner probably weighs quite a bit more than a cast aluminum one of the same size. I can see why it would be hard to find inexpensive induction compatible pressure canners in the USA.
When we purchased our induction range, I was still determined to can salmon. The first year, I took everything into our RV and canned the fish there. The next year, my husband had bought a big free standing propane burner to use for brewing beer- I have been using that now for using my pressure cooker.