Summer is in full force, and what better way to preserve your fruits, vegetables, and meats after harvesting, than by canning! If you’re using a pressure canner, it’s very important to check the pressure gauge frequently, to verify that the gauge is reading the pressure (psi) correctly.

Pressure gauges that are off by more than 2 psi, need to be replaced. It is also important to check to see if all the parts on your canner are functioning and securely fitted onto the pressure canner, especially the canner gasket. If you’re looking to get your pressure canner gauge inspected for accuracy, contact the Union County Cooperative Extension office at (704) 283-3801, to make an appointment to get your pressure canner gauge checked at no cost. Happy Growing, Happy Farming, and Happy Canning!

N.C. Cooperative Extension provides information to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. Extension specializes in agriculture, 4-H youth development, communities, food and nutrition, and the environment. To learn more about our programs, please visit: https://union.ces.ncsu.edu/