Extension offers pressure canner gauge testing
The University of Minnesota Extension, Crow Wing County, is now equipped to offer testing of pressure canner gauges for home canners.
A pressure canner is essential for canning low-acid vegetables, meats, fish and poultry. Two basic types of canners are available. One type has a dial gauge to indicate the pressure inside the canner and it is recommended the gauge be tested annually. Keep in mind only the gauge is needed for testing and it is unnecessary to bring the entire canner into the office. Testing of the gauge if attached to the lid can also be done if you are unsuccessful in removing or if your model is not designed to detach. The other type has a metal weighted gauge and testing of this type is not needed.
Persons planning to preserve food with a pressure canner are encouraged to check the rubber gasket if the canner has one. It 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 ports with openings are clean and open all the way through prior to canning.
To use the self-serve dial gauge testing station, stop by the Crow Wing County Extension Office during the hours of 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Extension is located in the Crow Wing County Land Services building at 322 Laurel Street, Lower Level, behind the historic courthouse in downtown Brainerd. Contact the office at 824-1065 with questions or for more information.
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’s 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 9a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.