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Extension offers pressure canner gauge testing

The University of Minnesota Extension Pine County office is equipped to offer testing of pressure canner gauges for home canners.  Pressure canners are required for canning low-acid vegetables, meats, fish and poultry.  It is recommended that dial gauges be tested for accuracy each canning season.  The canner gauge can be brought to the Extension office; if you are unsuccessful in removing the gauge, or if your model is not designed to detach, bring in the canner lid.  Metal weighted gauges need not be tested. 

Persons planning to preserve food with a pressure canner are encouraged to check the rubber gasket if the canner has one.  The gasket should be flexible and soft, not brittle, sticky or cracked – if it is, it should be replaced.  Also, make sure any small pipes or vent openings are clean and open prior to canning. 

For general home canning questions contact the University of Minnesota Answer Line toll free at 800-854-1678.  Answer Line staff have been answering consumer questions for over 30 years providing reliable, research-based answers to everyday questions.  Call them to get information about safely cooking, canning and freezing foods, cleaning stains and mildew from homes and clothes and dealing with floods and other household issues.  Calls are answered Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1-4:00 p.m. 

Make it a happy, successful canning season by getting prepared before your harvest is ready.