Tess Geer @dmsgrl posted in Canning Corner
Mar 20, 2015

THE CONSERVO CANNER! All the way from 1929 and in my kitchen!

When visiting Whidby Island, Washington last month, we stopped in a little town museum where I came across a Conservo. We asked the volunteer manning the museum what it was. She said it was for canning and had belonged to the mother of one of the town residents. I HAD TO KNOW MORE. There isn't a great deal about the Conservo online, but I did find a pdf for the manual. I starting looking for one, found one on eBay and bought it. It is in mint condition. It was probably manufactured 1928-29 and looked like it had never been used. I have now used it to can apple grape juice (made with my steam juicer) and it worked PERFECTLY. I love it! The intro to the manual is in and of itself very interesting reading as it gives a lot of insight into what a family at that time (not a farm family) was eating and preserving.

The manual has recipes and times for canning every possible food. Obviously, these days we know not to can low acid foods in steam or water bath as they were doing then. You can find the manual here:akro.home.comcast.net/...onservo.pdf

I called my County Extension. The food preservation expert knew of it but had never seen one. I'm going to take it in and show it to her. I'm attaching a pic of my wonderful Conservo in action. I'm going to use it again today to make Strawberry Rhubarb jam. It will hold 32 half pint jars and only takes up one burner on my stove! It's a real find. If you ever come across one, BUY IT!

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27 Comments
akflurry
Sherry Blizzard - Mar 20, 2015
That is sooooo cool Tess! Congrats on the find and thanks for the info.
Meave
Amy Herald - Mar 20, 2015
Oh my goodness that is insanely cool! I'm officially on the hunt for one!
akflurry
Sherry Blizzard - Mar 20, 2015
I would have a hard time explaining this to my hunky hubby. I can hear it now, "What! You need ANOTHER pressure canner?" I have my great grandmothers from the turn of the century and am scared to death to use it, so I just use my own old standby Presto. Then, of course, everyone needs one for cooking meals right? I have 3. I've been asking for the device that cans salmon in cans instead of jars. He won't relent.
dmsgrl
Tess Geer - Mar 20, 2015
Ah but this isn't a pressure canner. It's a steam canner! YOU NEED A BIGGER STEAM CANNER! :)
dmsgrl
Tess Geer - Mar 20, 2015
Make sure and check out the manual. I love love love the letter from Mrs. Goldie R. Funk "I Own This Most Helpful Conservo." Sherry it isn't considered safe for low acid foods (like fish) although, based on the manual, they certainly were using it for that.
akflurry
Sherry Blizzard - Mar 20, 2015
I loved the whole page on butchering and processing a whole hog.
Meave
Amy Herald - Mar 20, 2015
I love it! the Conservo manual made my "Must Read" list for the year! LOL
dmsgrl
Tess Geer - Mar 20, 2015
The Conservo manual is totally awesome. Any way you look at it. It just is awesome.
dmsgrl
Tess Geer - Mar 20, 2015
And I love Mrs. Goldie R. Funk
songchef
Deb Crane - Mar 21, 2015
That is so awesome!
dmsgrl
Tess Geer - Mar 22, 2015
Tomorrow I'm doing rhubarb strawberry jam. It firs so many jars! I will take pics of my Conservo in action and share. I swear I'm in love.
Meave
Amy Herald - Mar 22, 2015
Can't wait to see them! I'm suffering from serious envy of your awesome find!
dmsgrl
Tess Geer - Mar 23, 2015
Making the jam. That NINE 1/2 PINT JARS
I can fit just on the top shelf. Getting ready to close and sterilize.

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dmsgrl
Tess Geer - Mar 23, 2015
Steaming away!

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dmsgrl
Tess Geer - Mar 23, 2015
Cooking and stirring!

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