This is, perhaps, a little off topic here, though I have seen some "vintage" cast iron pressure cookers. I ordered a new 8 qt Presto brand stainless steel pressure cooker on ebay for $52 + $5 shipping yesterday - not a bad price, from what I saw on Amazon and elsewhere. I plan to use it to speed up cooking beans and stocks, and maybe mess around trying to replicate something like KFC's "secret recipe", that ended up in a pressure cooker to help accommodate the volume of buziness "Cornell Sanders" enjoyed in the early years of his later franchise.I haven't received the pressure cooker yet but, from what I've read, the pressure release valve is non-adjustable - set at 15 lbs. IF the vegetable garden I'm trying to grow works out - big IF - I'd like to can (jar??) some of the vegetables for later use... maybe make and can some homemade sauces - Mom use to make and can a chile sauce that blew Heinz and other store-bought chile sauces out the window, and I plan to research Bill Ford's site for recipes many of you have provided... or might post here.Anyway, I'm looking for a pressure cooker that is larger and has more pressure settings - 10 (and, perhaps, 5) lb settings? I'd also like a larger capacity - say 12 to 25 qts? I think cast aluminum would work pretty well for canning, no? I think I'd prefer one w/o too much in the way of automation or built-in heater - less to break. I'd like to keep the cost, both original and long term, low. I'd like one with reasonably priced available replacement parts, especially the gasket - *might* rule out (some) vintage cookers.As you likely can tell, I could use and would appreciate more advice and some help finding a pressure cooker to use for canning. I figure I have up to a couple of months to find and purchase one. I have more time than money. Would you help me?Thanks,Bob
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