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Archive for Wednesday, June 23, 1999

PRESSURE CHECK HELPS ENSURE SAFE CANNING

June 23, 1999

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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.

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