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Extension tests pressure canner gauges

The University of Minnesota Extension Douglas County is now equipped to test 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 has a dial gauge and should be tested annually. The other has a metal weighted gauge and is not tested.

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 removal attempts are unsuccessful or if the model is not designed to detach.

During the months of June and July, people can drop off their dial gauges by Tuesday of each week to be tested. The fee is $3 per test. The gauges will be ready for pick-up Friday of that same week.

The extension office can be found in the Douglas County Services Center building located at 720 Fillmore Street in Alexandria.

For more information, call (320) 762-3890.