Using an Instant Pot for canning

Asked July 15, 2019, 3:18 PM EDT

Hi! Can I use my Instant Pot for canning tuna? It has a pressure cooker feature.

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Electric pressure cookers can do many things, but canning is not one of them. There are no safe processing directions or times for either boiling water or pressure canning foods. Research has shown that nearly 30% of the Clostridium botulinum spores are killed in the pressure canner cool down time (usually about 30 minutes). Electric pressure cookers are designed to cool quickly (about 10 minutes). There are other concerns, too.

For more information, please see our Safely Canning Food, EM9152 publication at this link: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/em9152

If you are interested, you may want to freeze some of your pressure cooked foods. You may be interested in Freezing Convenience Foods found in the Freezing section of this link: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/mfp/publications