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Swartzbaugh Conservo Steamer/canner
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Brian Eastman    Posted 08-15-2003 at 06:58:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I came across a message in a very old thread from someone seeking a brochure/instruction manual for a Conservo. I have one that came with the Conservo I found.
It is 46 pp and contains both promotional material and cooking/canning/steaming instructions.
If anyone wants a copy, I figure $7 should pay for my secretary's time, the copying and shipping.
MEANTIME -- has anyone a clue what such a unit might be worth?

Brian Eastman

kathy vandehey    Posted 08-08-2009 at 16:09:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would be more than Happy to spend $ 7.00 dollars to get a copy of instruction/ operating
manual for my conservo steamer/canner.
Please send information on where to send money
Thank you

Julia Cooper    Posted 08-04-2009 at 10:21:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would be interested in the instruction booklet for the Conservo Steamer/Canner. Please advise the cost & where to mail $. Thanks.

damara smith foster    Posted 08-07-2009 at 21:47:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a much loved original instruction manual (and the conservo itself). There is a cover, an index, then it skips to page 5 thru 46. index shows page 5 as lowest number to have information on it. It is complete in the fact that all instructions are intact. Would be willing to make copies for anyone interested for $10.00 including postage. Just email me !

Perri Lehman    Posted 08-10-2009 at 03:39:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am interested in a copy of the Conservo Manual for $10.00.

perri    Posted 08-03-2009 at 12:47:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am very interested in buying a copy of the Conservo Manual for $7.00. Could you send me information on how to contact you or get this sent to me and where to send the payment?

dan wile    Posted 07-18-2009 at 06:59:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Folks
I would like a copy, of your consevro cook book. Please send contact infro. thanks dan wile

Richard La Raviere    Posted 06-22-2009 at 05:01:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would sure like a copy of the Conservo Cook book. Please send details where to send the money.

Thank you

Gretchen Irish    Posted 07-07-2009 at 19:19:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Conservo and the origianl instrucion manual. Please e-mail me an offer.

Susan Craven    Posted 03-27-2009 at 06:24:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I need address for purchasing the instruction booklet for my conservo.Thank you

David Sonenfild    Posted 02-13-2009 at 14:53:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here is an article on the Conservo Canner that I found that
others can benefit from, until someone provides a way to get a
copy of the owner's manual for the Conservo Canner.
Hoe this helps.

Best regards,
By Joy Stevens, Grantsville 2003
If there was anything my mother despised more than dirt it was
a hot, steamy kitchen during summer canning season. Her
dreams came true when my father, who loved her very much,
brought her a "Conservo."
This was during the depression in the late 1920's. It probably
cost him $12 and there were few households in the community
who could afford this modern canner-cooker.
I do know that a testimonial to the Conservo by Mrs. Ora
Stephen of Slate, West Virginia, who told of being in the F. A.
Sthalman's Store of Parkersburg and buying the device.
The Conservo was produced by the Swartzbaugh Manufacturing
Company. I do not know when it was patented. I do know that
it was a blessing over the wash boilers and tubs used for
canning vegetables and meats at that time.
For those fortunate enough to own a Conservo, it was loaned to
neighbors during busy canning periods for it allowed
unbelievable speed-up in canning time. My mother's Conservo
and dream ended when she misjudged and "loaned" her
Conservo to a dishonest neighbor.
The steam canner was made of heavy tin and was without a
doubt the simplest outfit for home canning, then and now. It
was designed to fit over one single burner of any type of range,
gas, oil, coal or wood. The copper bottom held several quarts
of water to provide steam. It was so well insulated that only the
slightest heat escaped into the kitchen.
The time for steam canning was the same as that used for wash
boiler or cold-pack canning. The steam from the boiling water
in the tank permeated and thoroughly cooked, by steam
pressure, the food placed on the shelves.
A tube was inserted through the hole in the upper corner ot the
Conservo from the outside, and a whistle indicated when water
was needed. One commenced counting the canning time when
water started to boil. If steam escaped, it meant the cook was
firing up more than needed.
For cooking meals, potatoes with jackets or corn-on-the-cob,
the items were placed directly on the shelves, or on top of
canning jars, in case you were doing both at once. Two
compartments, one above the other, held sixteen quart jars, or
by using the two racks, thirty-two pint jars. Imagine!
The Conservo manufacturer warned users not to use
preservatives with this type of canning. They said all "jarred"
foods should be cooked a minimum of 10 minutes before
serving. My mother never lost a jar to spoilage.
Even fish, first browned and then placed in jars with drippings
added, could be processed three hours under steam pressure.
Mrs. George Daman of Cresco, Iowa, wrote "How I Take Care of
a Whole Hog With My Conservo." She said "The men butcher
one hog one day, let it cool over night, and I plan to have it out
of the way by the next day. They usually dress 100 to 175
"I arise early in the morning (the men have split the hog). I lay it
on a table, cut off the head, peal out leaf lard, cut off
shoulders and hams, skin out ribs, cut the rest into bellies and
"The bellies I put in brine for immediate use, beans, etc. The
back I cut in slices and fry just part done or until slightly
brown, pack in sterilized jars and cook 90 minutes. The other
ham and shoulder I cut into small pieces, pack in jars raw, add
one teaspoon of salt to each quart jar. The raw meat is
processed in the Conservo for three hours, all partly cooked
meats for 90 minutes.
"I take the legs with feet cut off, bones, heart and tongue, put
them in a large kettle, salt and boil until tender. When it is cool
enough, I remove the meat from the bones and pack it in jars
and put some stock over it. This makes excellent meat ground
for sandwiches. I cut the heart and tongue in slices, pack in
pint jars, pour vinegar with a little stock and sugar over it. I
also fix part of the pigs feet this way. I also can all the extra
stock from the boiled meat and roast meat for gravies.
"I slice the liver and roll in flour, pertly fry and pack in pint jars,
pour liquid over and process for 90 minutes. I trim the head
and use any extra meat scraps for sausage, which I make into
patties, partly fry, pack in quart jars and process 90 minutes.
"Then comes the lard. I put it through the food grinder and fry
out in the oven while using the top of the stove for the
Conservo. I strain and pour into quart or half-gallon jars and
seal while hot. This does not have to be processed." She goes
on to tell about cooking hams, shoulder and wild meat in the
Conservo. Keeping church dinners warm was another way to
use the device, carrying the whole meal to functions.
The Conservo was well-built, no parts to get lost or broken -
and easy to clean, a boom to a housewife in a small kitchen.
Every test given the device gave it high claims, and it gained a
national reputation.
I say Good bless the inventor of the Conservo, and hopefully
some alert aluminum company will investigate whether the
patent is pending and consider manufacturing the device again.
The savings in the price of gas or electric in being able to can
16 quarts of vegetables or meats over one burner is

David Sonenfild    Posted 01-31-2009 at 19:25:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Please let me know the address or paypal address you wish the
$7 sent to, to get a copy of the Conservo canner info booklet on
how to use it.


David Sonenfild    Posted 02-03-2009 at 10:14:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am eager to get my copy of the Conservo canner instruction
manual. Please let me know where and how you want me to send
the $7.

David Sonenfild
513 200 2340

Janice Groulx    Posted 11-09-2008 at 06:51:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Purchased an old conservo steamer/canner on
E-bay two weeks ago . Seller had no idea on its use and I have been searching for info on how to use it, I would love to have some instructions and would be willing to pay for the information

lori    Posted 01-28-2009 at 18:03:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would love to get a copy of the manual for the Conservo Stremer. I bought mine 20years ago for $95.00 and just saw one in an antique store last week for $75.00-I made a get deal! Ha Ha

Hoping you still have the manual, let me know and also the cost.

David Sonenfild    Posted 02-03-2009 at 10:10:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was curious if you ever got your copy of the Conservo intraction
manual. I have not been able to find one and would gladly pay
you for a copy if you managed to get one.

David Sonenfild
513 200 2340

Lorna Maguire    Posted 11-14-2008 at 15:49:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My family has been using the Conservo canner for at least 3 generations. Canning seems to b a dying art and noone in the next generation has picked it up. :( We use the canner and time the item we are canning the same as a water bath canner.

Robert Terbizan    Posted 11-05-2008 at 17:31:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would love to get a copy of this manual. I purchased one of these units today at an antique dealer. Thanks Bob

Denise    Posted 09-08-2008 at 18:53:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would like a copy of the instructions
when about were they made
neat piece
cant wait to read how to use it

Jean McClintock    Posted 08-28-2008 at 20:48:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Are you interested in selling your Conservo Canner? Do you
know if it is in good condition and does not leak? I have seen the
canners range in price from $45.00 up to $65.00 depending on
the condition of the unit. I am in Ohio and would need it shipped
to a 43338 zip code. Thank you and I look forward to hearing
back from you. Thanks, Jean

Linda Whitenton    Posted 04-16-2008 at 19:49:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm searching for more info/picture of the conservo steamer! I have one that is small w/2 racks/2 doors! Can someone give me more info?picture?



Rodger Black    Posted 02-06-2007 at 13:43:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I have a Conservo Oven manufactured by Swartzbaugh Manufacturing Co., Toledo, OH. It is very good condition, but I do not have much information on what it would be worth. I would be interested in a copy of the instruction manual (if it is still available) mentioned by Brian Eastman August 15, 2003.

If anyone reading this has info on the oven or how I can obtain the instruction manual I would very much appreciate it. Thank you.

Harry Ebeling    Posted 04-05-2008 at 11:23:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a Conservo Canning Oven at our historical society, that we display. It was inherited with the house. We would like to know more about it for instructional purposes with our tours.If the gentleman ever reproduced the booklet he advertised, we would be happy to pay a reasonable amount to have it.

Jeanne    Posted 07-16-2006 at 10:05:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I recieved a Conservo from my husband's Grandma, and have canned fruit in it using her verbal directions. I would love a copy of the instruction booklet you have. Let me know where to send payment

Karen Garrett    Posted 04-26-2006 at 10:23:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would like to purchase a copy of the instruction manual, please let me know where to send payment.

My husband bought one at an auction for $10.00. It's in really good shape, but I have been unable to find out what it's worth. Have you had any luck?

Karen Garrett    Posted 04-26-2006 at 10:20:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would like to purchase a copy of the instruction manual. Where do I send payment?

My husband bought for me at an auction for $10.00. It's in really good shape, but I have yet to find out what it's actually worth. Have you had any luck in finding the value of them?

KEN HALL    Posted 02-12-2005 at 13:28:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would like a copy of this brochure for the Conservo. We picked one up at a yard sale and would like to know more about it.

Email address


Carolyn Withrow    Posted 10-10-2008 at 16:24:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would like to have a brochure about Conservo steamer/canner. Thanks

BRIDGET HUFF    Posted 01-23-2006 at 20:06:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Kathy    Posted 08-14-2004 at 15:42:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would like to have a copy of the directions for the steamer canner. I have used this years ago and would like to again. Thank you!!

Kathy    Posted 08-14-2004 at 15:42:00       [Reply]  [No Email]

PEGGY HILMES    Posted 04-14-2004 at 09:21:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Don Green    Posted 11-12-2003 at 06:58:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I also have a conservo canner, and i have been unable to obtain a priceof any kind. If anyone has info. on this ,it would be greatly appreciated.

Rodger Black    Posted 02-24-2007 at 10:16:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Swartzbaugh Conservo Steamer/canner that I got from my sister's estate. It appears to be in very good condition, very minor rust. It has three grills for different levels. It has two doors,and a funnel like tube in the back.

I have no information on the conservo oven and would appreciate any information or paper work (that I would be willing to purchase) pertaining to the oven. Also, if someone knows the approximate value of said oven. Thank you for your time.

R. Ciccotti    Posted 12-10-2003 at 15:40:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Brain and Don - We have our families old steamer. I've seem them go at auction for $20-$40. I would like a copy of the intstruction booklet and will happily reimburse for copying cost. Thanks so much!

DENNIS SWIGERT    Posted 10-28-2004 at 10:44:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]

DENNIS SWIGERT    Posted 10-28-2004 at 10:44:37       [Reply]  [No Email]

Don    Posted 01-10-2004 at 17:30:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi, there is a Swartzbaugh Conservo on Ebay right now going for $20. We have one at my house and I would be interested in a copy of any available literature. I would be happy to reimburse. Thanks.


Kathy    Posted 08-19-2006 at 08:29:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a canner that I use. I would love to have the info. Do you have it available for download?

Lida Moeller    Posted 08-17-2003 at 08:41:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I bought one yesterday at an auction in north central Indiana for $50. It is in very good shape on the exterior, some rust on the interior. I have seen one in an antique shop in this area for $125, and it was in much poorer shape.

Lida Moeller

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