REDMOND, Ore. - For safe processing of low-acid foods such as meat, poultry, fish, game and vegetables, home pressure canner dial gauges must be tested every year to ensure accuracy, or if bumped or dropped. If the dial is inaccurate by more than two pounds, Oregon State University Extension recommends replacement. Weighted gauges do not need annual testing.
Have your dial gauge tested free in Central Oregon. Bring your pressure canner dial gauge to the Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson or Warm Springs OSU Extension office during the week. You will be notified when it is ready to pick up. If you have questions or need a “same-day” appointment please contact your local OSU Extension office or Glenda Hyde at 541-548-6088.
Home canners should also inspect the gaskets on the pressure canner for wear and tear annually. Gaskets that are worn, stretched, cracked or hardened should be replaced. Depending on use, replacement might be needed every two to five years.
If worn gaskets are used, the pressure canning process may fail or in some cases, the gasket could “glue” the lid onto the canner! Replacement gauges and gaskets for pressure canners are usually available at hardware stores or where canning equipment and supplies are sold. Replacement parts can be ordered from the manufacturer or on-line.