Sports and Outdoors

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Pressure canner testing dates scheduled

The Purdue Cooperative Extension Service of Wells County is offering a week this summer to have your pressure canner tested by a certified canner tester. A new method of testing canners has been developed by the Presto Canner Company, and the Purdue CFS Educators is now certified to test pressure canners. Dial gauge canners should be checked annually for accuracy. Weighted gauge canners do not need to be tested.

Two different inspections are available:
  • Gauge/Lid Inspection for $3.00. The dial gauge will be tested for accuracy, and the petcock and gasket will be checked for cracks and condition.
  • Full canner inspection for $5.00. Includes the dial gauge, the safety plug, petcock and gasket and the overall condition of the canner.
Testing will be at the Wells County Community Center at the 4-H Park during the week of June 27th to July 1st.

Bring your lid or entire canner and make arrangements to leave it and pick it up at a later date during the week. The Extension Office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No canners or lids will be accepted after noon on July 1st.

A free publication titled, "Using and Caring for Your Pressure Canner" will also be available to those bringing a canner or lid in for inspection.

If you have questions about this event, please contact the Wells County office of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service at 260-824-6412.

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