There’s a trend right now to add an Instant-Pot to our kitchen appliances. They are electric and programmable. Big marketing is pushing the trend, but basically, it’s a pressure cooker. Cooks used them a lot for canning or for quick cooking to tenderize tougher meats.
My sister ended up with Mom’s collection of vintage pressure cooker manuals after she passed away in 2014. Gail and Clyde had multiple pressure cookers that they used for canning produce from their large garden, but those were sold at auction. “I hope whoever bought them gets them checked out for safety at the local extension office!” remarked my sister.
“I took some photos because I think they’re pretty cool! They range in date from 1946 to 1972 and include Presto, Wear-Ever, Mirro-Matic and Montgomery Ward’s. There’s even a hardcover Mirro Cook Book (1954, 4th Edition) with a chapter on pressure cooking. These books are well-worn (to say the least!), but fun to have and look through—a veritable history of American mid-century pressure cookers. Karen”
Here’s one of their pressure cookers. It’s pretty vintage too, but they still canned with it. Even into their eighties, they were still canning.