I have deleted the post advocating steam canning that instigated this post because I didn't want someone to happen to read that post and not read this retraction.
I recently posted about the virtues of steam canning, but it has been pointed out to me that there are some potentially serious problems with the method. One of my readers was conscientious enough to enlighten me about the problems and gave me several links to back up what he was saying. After reading the links he sent me and few more that I found on my own, I find that I agree with him. The potential risks outweigh any benefits there might be with this method. So I stand corrected ...thank you AKA.
I said as much in my comments on the earlier post about steam canning but in case anyone read the post but missed the comments, I wanted to clarify things here. I don't want to be responsible for someone making a costly purchase ($39 to $89 new for a steam canner) and suffering a potentially serious health problem as a result using the method.
If I run across a steam canner at a garage sale or a second-hand store for $10 or less, I might still buy it simply because I like the design versatility of a lidded pot that can be used with either the pot or the lid on the burner ...what a great pot to carry camping. But for canning, I will stick with the tried and true pressure or water-bath methods.