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Back to Basics 400A 7-Quart Aluminum Home Steam Canner

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  • Aluminum steam canner with removable rack holds up to 7 quart-size jars
  • Cool-touch side handles promotes safe, secure handling and transport
  • Large dome lid with air holes for proper ventilation doubles as 15-quart kettle
  • Hand wash with hot, soapy water; not recommended for use on glass-top stove
  • Measures approximately 13 by 13-1/5 by 9-1/2 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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Material Aluminum stainless-steel Aluminum Aluminum
Dimensions 9.5 inches x 13 inches x 13.25 inches 10.25 inches x 3 inches x 1.25 inches 14.8 inches x 15.4 inches x 15.1 inches 4 inches x 8.8 inches x 11.5 inches
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The Back to Basics Steam Canner helps save you time and energy during canning season. Uses less water than conventional water bath canners thus reducing preheating time significantly. Simple and easy to use for both the novice and seasoned canner.

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  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 13.2 x 9.5 inches ; 4.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0000DDUCJ
  • Item model number: 400A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,539 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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273 of 279 people found the following review helpful By Carlita Martini on February 18, 2008
I have been canning for 20 years, I have had this canner system for 15 and I will not ever go back to boiling water bath canning ever again. This canner is not meant to replace a pressure canner for low acid foods. It is a shallow pan with a rack and a large lid. The shallow pan is filled with water and boiled, the rack fits over the boiling water and the jars are put on the rack (7 quarts at a time). When the water boils, it creates steam- steam is at least 212 degree water- steam can actually get hotter than boiling water. When the steam is at a certain level (in the instructions) you begin timing your jars. The reason that this is so easy is that it doesn't take 20 minutes after you put your jars into the rack just to come back to a boil, thus saving a lot of time. I highly recommend this product. I just made salsa and it took me 30 minutes for 14 jars- In a traditional pot it would have taken at least 2 hours. That is the difference!
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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Darren Perkins on October 17, 2007
Steam canning for high-acid foods works very well, Our tomatoes have lasted over 10 years on the shelf by using this product. This product is well designed and is very affordable. I have used this product for over 10 years. I had to buy a new one because I made the mistake of boiling all the water out and I damaged my old one by doing so. I am very happy this product is still available and I expect to get more than 10 years out of the one I just purchased.
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Reidalong on July 14, 2011
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The first reason concerns the safety hysteria. The second reason has to do with glass (ceramic) flat-top stoves (if you are interested.)

The first reason: certainly, there are valid home canning safety concerns for any type of canner - if you do not follow proper canning techniques, or use the proper canner for different types of foods, then you can run into a problem. This steam canner is perfectly safe for acid foods (like pickling, etc.) as long as you following the directions. Steam is a minimum of 212 degrees, and when you follow the directions by making sure you have a continuous 8" column of steam coming from the vent holes before you start your timing, there should be no concern about "cold spots." If you start timing before this, then just like a water bath canner, you may underprocess by mistake. So, follow the easy instructions. The USDA's position is that there is a LACK of evidence for them to say steam canners are safe - it just means no one (or not enough scientists) have done research to make a definitive statement (it doesn't mean they are not safe). And this is only partly true - research has been done, and this type of steam canner is safe, as long as you follow proper canning techniques, follow the directions, and process only acid foods with it. For more information on the position of safety, the research that has been done (and the opinion of one dissenter who has NOT done any research) [see comment section for link]. If you have seen research to the contrary, please cite it so that the rest of us can look it up, too.
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158 of 173 people found the following review helpful By A. B. Morrison on August 25, 2007
Dr. George York from the University of California published research in March of 2005 in which four foods of different densities were processed. The conclusion reached by the research was that the processing times for steam canners are essentially the same as for water bath canners and that both types are equally safe to use for high acid foods.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Sharon L. Bowers on July 28, 2008
love the steam canner, much faster than waterbathing. the only drawback is the handles are not sturdy enough to lift the canner with produce in it. Just have to remember to unload foods then move the canner / kettle.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Judy L Hall on September 29, 2008
i reciently purchased a steam canner. this product is fairly easy to use. please be advised that when you remove the lid, do so slowly and tilt the lid away from you to prevent being scalded by the steam. always follow USDA recomendations.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By conjea48 on September 27, 2011
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I love this canner! It cuts the canning time in half. I can as much as I want and don't have to wait so long for the water to heat up. Also, don't have to lift the jars out of the water, which makes it a whole lot easier and safer too. Don't know how I canned so many years without it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dar0906 on July 18, 2011
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This is a nice alternative to water bath canning. I'm a beginner and wanted something less cumbersome. The included instructions aren't the best. Overall, for the price this is a great unit for the casual canner.
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