I've been water bath canning for many years, but it has a lot of limitations. For at least a decade, I've wanted a pressure cooker. More than anything else, I'd love to be able to pressure can green beans.
This year for Christmas, Paul and the boys gave me an All American pressure cooker. It was my only present from them, and way over our usual budget, but I do think it will pay for itself over time.
I confess the thing is a little intimidating, even with all the safety features. But I was eager to try it. I watched the intro video twice. Then Paul butchered a couple of roosters for me.
It seems some folks pack chicken raw, but after consulting a couple of friends and websites, I decided to cook mine first. The added bonus to this is getting broth as well. I packed the meat in pint jars with just a little broth.
We haven't tried them yet, but I'm hoping the meat will be flavorful and tender. Roosters can be kind of tough and stringy, but pressure canning is supposed to help with that.
Readers, have you ever used a pressure canner?