Pressure canner testing available

Published 9:11 am Thursday, August 20, 2020

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N.C. Cooperative Extension, Davie County Center, has pressure canner gauge testing available for pressure canner’s with dial gauges.

It’s important to ensure a gauge’s accuracy each year.  Gauges that read higher than the actual pressure under process foods making them unsafe, while gauges that read low, over process foods. Pressure canners with weighted gauges (jiggler types) are not tested, as they are supposed to maintain accuracy.

Foods with low acidity, such as vegetables, must be processed in a pressure canner to ensure safety and avoid the risk of botulism.  Meat, seafood and poultry must also be processed in a pressure canner.

Contact the Extension Center at 336.753.6100 to have your dial gauge checked or for recipes and additional information on home food preservation.  Only pressure canner lids are needed for testing, not the pot.  A no-contact drop-off and pick-up of lids will be scheduled. The Extension Center is at 180 S. Main St. in downtown Mocksville.