When preparing to preserve food, people tend to ignore the details until they begin the process.
Planning ahead can prevent problems down the road. The first thing to consider is the safety and operating condition of canning equipment. If a pressure canner has a dial gauge, it should be tested yearly. The Burke County Extension Office can provide this service.
UGA County Extension Agent Terri Black recommends checking the rubber gasket in the lid to see if it is pliable and in good condition; if not, replace it with a new gasket. Next, she suggests a safety check on the vent, safety valve, and edges of the lid to be sure they are clean. To clean the vent, draw a string or narrow strip of cloth through the opening.
Follow the manufacturer’s direction for cleaning the sealing edges for the canner. Lastly, she advises that doing the homework to make sure people have the latest research-based food preservation information.
The 6th Edition So Easy to Preserve from The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, is available for purchase. The book contains the most recent recommendations for safe food preservation. So Easy to Preserve is a 375-page book with over 185 tested recipes, along with step- by- step instructions and in-depth information for both the new and experienced food preserver.
Anyone interested in learning to can, ordering the book or having a dial gauge tested should call (706) 554-2119 for more information.