Other than garage sales, where can I possibly find an inexpensive pressure cooker?
I will be curious to see what others say about a used one. This might be one appliance that I would DEFINITELY want new. You not only want the good seals but I would want to have the meter/guage (or whatever it is called) checked to make sure it is accurate.If you decide to buy a used one make sure you replace the seals. My pc is the one my mom had when she first got married, so it is @ 30 years old. Harvest yellow even Anyway, I was able to purchase new seals at the hardware store. Better safe than sorry with something like that.
Or you could get one that doesn't have seals and uses a weight instead of a gauge to control pressure.I will be curious to see what others say about a used one. This might be one appliance that I would DEFINITELY want new. You not only want the good seals but I would want to have the meter/guage (or whatever it is called) checked to make sure it is accurate.
Blow up? Poppycock!I know this is an old post, but I wanted to put in my two cents.
The older pressure cookers were known for failing. That is the reason that most of our Grandparents didn't use them. They considered them unsafe.
When you are buying one, remember how these work. They are basically steam engines. One small flaw and they can explode and seriously injure you or anyone who happens to be near.
When purchasing anything that you are going to use for a long time, remember the first rule of Frugality, buy good quality, take care of it and it will last forever.
With that said, I have a Mirro that my mother bought when I was young. I have replaced the seal in it when the other started showing the slightest sign of age. As recommended by the manufacturer we do not use metal utensils or anything that may scratch the inside.
I know it’s tempting to purchase these used for cheap, but I wouldn’t do it. You can get a good quality Mirro at Wal-mart for less than $50 that will last you the rest of your life if you take care of it. Make the investment and never have to worry about it again.
I know, right? Can't believe everything you read on the internet!Gauges need to be checked annually, and that doesn't matter if the canner is new or used so that's a wash when considering new vs. used. It's easy to see if a seal is working or not, because steam will escape around the lid if it's not. If no steam escapes and the pressure plug pops up like it should, then you know it's got a good seal.
I've heard that too that you shouldn't buy a used cooker or canner, but I haven't seen a good reason why not yet. All of mine are used except my electronic one, and they all work perfectly.
Not criticizing you at all, just sayin' in general how I've looked at the reasons not to buy used.