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Got Pressure? Canner Gauge Testing

Aug 20, 2023

Read original update from NC Cooperative Extension here


BOLIVIA, N.C. – For those wanting to preserve food using a pressure canner, the NC Cooperative Extension can help make sure you’re doing it correctly, safely and accurately.

Don’t take the chance of losing all your hard work or preserving unsafe products due to an inaccurate gauge on your pressure canner. To insure that the dial gauges on pressure canners are accurate, it is recommended that they be tested yearly. The Brunswick County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service tests canner gauges free of charge.

Canner gauges will be tested on July 17, 2023, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Brunswick County Center, Building N at the Government Center in Bolivia. Simply bring the canner lid with the gauge attached to be tested. It only takes a few minutes for the peace of mind knowing your gauge is accurate. If you cannot bring your gauge at that time, drop it off at the Extension Center prior to the July 17 testing time and then pick up after the testing is completed.

The Extension Family and Consumer Science team members will also test canner gauges by appointment throughout the summer. Just call and ask. Please note: only canners made by the Presto company and their associated brands can be tested. Weighted gauges do not need to be tested.

It’s also time to obtain up-to-date food preservation instructions and recipes. NCSU Cooperative Extension can provide recommended and tested procedures for canning, freezing, drying and making jams and jellies.

For more information contact the Brunswick County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at 25 Referendum Drive, in the County Government Complex, Bolivia or by calling 910-253- 2610.

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Cheryle Jones Syracuse [email protected] 910.253.2610

Read original update from NC Cooperative Extension here