One large all American or multiple small prestos / mirros
I was wandering if anyone had experience using one large top of the line canner vs. More smaller 7 qt's like prestos or mirros. I currently have one completely operational older 70's ish mirro-mattic, one presto that needs a seal,weight, and the gauge calibrated / checked, another presto base same size and model as the other but no lid gauge etc., and one extra mirro lid but no base. All were given to me, by family members when they found out I like to can. Unfortunately not everyone kept as good a track of the parts as my Grandmother with her mirro-mattic. All parts i do have are in great shape, and they are all 22 qt canners. I can what I guess is a fair bit, for a family of four. My Dad and younger brother are full time fruit and vegetable growers so there's always plenty of stuff if I go on grading day. The blessing or problem whichever way you look at it is, I get a lot of one thing on one day. Last Saturday I did 28 qt's of green beans, my wife and kids helped me snap and that wasn't bad, but I ran the canner until one in the morning to get the four loads done. This occurs many times and I like to can deer meat also. Last year 30 qt's was no where near enough to feed my bunch. My girls 4, and 6 said it was better than mcd. Chicken nuggets and that never happens. So now that you have some background what's your folks opinions? Option ( 1) buy one of the All Americans that will do 19 quarts at a shot, and keep my mirro for small batches (2) get the couple parts for the one presto and buy one or two more (3) anybody have a spare lid for presto or base for a mirro (4) buy a few more vintage mirros from the big auction site that all take the same gasket and weight as the one I have so extra gaskets, weights, and racks will be interchangeable. The vintage mirros seem to be 2/3 the price or more of new prestos when you add in shipping, but I don't think there's much to
go wrong with them. Cost is a consideration, that big canner is around 400 but it's not out of the question, just hard when you know you could buy 4 new prestos and do 24 qt's at a time. Any one else only fit 6 quarts in a presto, the old mirro is same size but holds 7. Any ideas, suggestions, experience or opinions welcome.