Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Testing Pressure Gauges - Locations in Nevada

Listed below are the current locations in Nevada that will test dial gauges for presser canners.

Henderson, NV Locations:

Lisa Casey
95/Sunset or 215/Stephanie
email to schedule an appointment

Janet Knight
Sunday's at Sansome Center
9480 S. Eastern
Las Vegas, NV 89123
Time: 8am -1pm

Northwest, NV Locations:

Faith A.
Summerlin at Del Webb and Lake Mead
email to schedule an appointment

Janet Knight
Saturday's at Tivoli (Rampart & Summerlin Parkway)
302 S. Rampart
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Time: 8 am -1 pm

East Clark County/Logandale, NV:

Mike Donahue
East Clark County Extension Office
1897 N. Moapa Valley Blvd.
P.O. Box 126
Logandale, NV 89021-0126
(702) 397-2604
Fax: (702) 397-8301
email or call to schedule an appointment

Lincoln County/Caliente, NV:

Holly Gatzke, Extension Educator
360 Lincoln Street
P.O. Box 728
Caliente, NV 89008-0728
(775) 726-3109
Fax: (775) 726-3332
email or call to schedule an appointment

A dial gauge canner has a pressure dial on the top that allows you to read the pressure inside the canner during the canning process. Dial gauges operate from 0- to 25-pounds of pressure, with most recipes and canning instructions calling for a pressure of either 6- or 11-pounds of pressure. Dial gauges MUST be tested every year for accuracy. Your dial gauge will be tested against a Master Gauge which will determine if your gauge is accurate, if you can compensate for your gauge being off, or if your gauge needs to be replaced.

If the gauge-reading is off by one or more pounds, you are encouraged to purchase a new gauge. If it is off less than one pound, remind yourself of the difference and adjust the recipe’s ressure accordingly to allow for the difference. Incorrect readings will lead to unsafe foods that are under-processed or over-processed.

Replacement gauges and other parts (e.g. gaskets, safety plugs) for canners are often found at stores that sell food preservation equipment or from canner manufacturers. When ordering parts, be sure to provide your canner model number and describe the parts you need.

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