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Review: T-fal 22 quart Polished Pressure Canner and Cooker

T-Fal - 22 Qt Pressure Canner

The T-Fal 22 quart polished pressure canner and cooker is a decent machine with a sleek clean style.  This pressure canner and cooker is widely available in the US at various retailers and can be found on Amazon here. My buddy Lou owns this one and was kind enough to lets us check it out. T-Fal is a company that has been around for a long time, let’s see if they can take the heat!

 

 

Why should I get a T-fal 22 Quart Polished Pressure Canner and Cooker?

 

This pressure canner and cooker is lightweight and easy to use.   This falls within the entry level price range for a pressure canner and cooker of this size. It comes with all the bells and whistles of a machine in this range; double rack, safety valve, pressure gauge, locking mechanism to prevent opening while pressurized and the ability to easily use this on all kinds of stoves.  We did have some issues with the canner that make us wonder if this is the right question to be asking. 

Capacity

 

The T-fal 22 quart can handle a large roast and vegetables easily if you are hoping to pressure cook. As for canning, we ran into a small problem with what was reported regarding capacity and what we could actually fit into the machine.  For pints we were able to fit 16 wide mouth jars, but we could not fit that many regular mouth pints.  The regular mouth pints could only fit in one layer so that reduced the number that would fit to 8.  I am not sure if this was some anomaly as I have not seen this reported elsewhere, but it is what we encountered.  As for other sizes of jars, we could fit 26 half pints or 7 quart size jars.

Components

The two tiered rack system surprised us by not allowing a double stack of regular mouth pint jars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heavy weight aluminum construction with a secure locking mechanism with built in pressure monitoring in the handle.  The over pressure valve will release steam if the machine builds up more pressure than selected.

 

 

 

 

 

We like that the pressure control knob is easy to use. Instead of removing weight rings, like you do with the Presto, there is this knob.  You can select 5, 10 or 15 PSI depending on your needs.  It’s strange that it is labeled 1, 2 or 3 though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pressure gauge is easy to read with bright colors.  It looks prettier than the other canners.

 

 

 

 

 

Warranty

T-Fal backs the 22 quart pressure canner and cooker with a 10 year limited warranty on the canner and 1 year of coverage on replacement parts.  I was surprised upon reading other reviews, that it seems this warranty is needed.  Pressurization issues seem to be a common complaint with extended use.  For a pressure canner and cooker, the whole point is creating and maintaining the pressurized environment within the canner.  That said, only 10% of people reviewed it with a 1 or 2 star on Amazon.  Every product has it’s detractors.  To put it into comparison though, The Presto 23 Quart Canner only has 3% of reviews in the 1 or 2 star category on Amazon.  So there is a major difference.  Do you want a 10% probability that you won’t like it?

Just for grins, I checked Amazon Reviews the Honda EU2000I Portable generator.  This generator has the best reputation of small generators on the market.  The Presto canner beats it as the Honda has 4% of its reviews in the 1 or 2 star category.   That is quite a feat though, given the complexity of the machine.  I reviewed the generator at the top of this article, here.

 

Final Thoughts On The T-Fal 22 Quart Polished Pressure Canner and Cooker

This pressure canner would be my third choice. My hopes were high for this pressure canner. I wanted to find a machine comparable in price to the Presto that could outperform it. This just isn’t the canner that can do that.  I cannot in good faith recommend buying this machine based on the difficulty we had trying to fit the regular sized pint jars as well as the poor reviews relating to pressurization. If these were merely cosmetic issues, I could overlook, but these are two huge pieces of the puzzle that are in question.  Presto is my top choice for the budget conscious and the All American for those willing to spend a little more to get the best.

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