Reminder to Test Your Dial Gauge Canner

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For new and experienced canners now is a good time to remind everyone to have their dial gauge pressure canner tested.

It is recommended to test a dial gauge pressure canner for accuracy each year. Weighted gauge canners are meant to maintain accuracy over time and do not need to be tested. If a dial gauge is out of calibration then there is a risk of under-processing food. Under-processing of food can lead to harmful toxins such as botulism, which can result in illness and even death. For low-acid foods such as vegetables, meats, poultry, and seafood the recommended method is pressure canning.

When canning the safest option is to follow research-based recipes provided from The National Center for Home Food Preservation or the So Easy to Preserve book. The book is available for purchase on the NCHFP website or at the Wilkes Extension Office.

How to Test a Dial Gauge

At this time we are offering dial gauge testing at the Wilkes County Center (appointment only) and at the Wilkes County Farmers Market on April 24th.

Schedule an appointment with Wilkes County Extension and we will test your pressure gauge canner for free. Please bring the lid only, the pot is not necessary. Then the lid will be tested and returned to you. For questions or to set up an appointment call 336-651-7331.

*Please make an appointment to ensure your canner can be tested upon arrival*