The gardens are bearing and the pressure is on, but before you begin preserving food with a pressure canner, make sure it is safe.
K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County will check pressure canner gauges against a master gauge from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Thursday through July 15 at the extension center, 2110 Harper.
Dial gauges for pressure canners should be checked for accuracy against a master gauge each year before canning.
"It is extremely important to make sure pressure gauges are tested for accuracy. Just because the dial of a pressure canner may rest at 2 pounds pressure when the canner is not in use does not necessarily mean that the gauge is simply 2 pounds high, or that it is uniformly 2 pounds off throughout its range," said Susan Krumm, extension agent in family and consumer sciences.
For more information on preserving foods, stop by the extension center or call 843-7058.