Have you had your dial gauge tested this year? Accuracy of the gauge can make the difference between over or under processed jars in your canner. Lids may not seal and of course with any low-acid food they need to be properly processed to prevent bacterial growth from bacteria such as Clostridium botulinum. This pathogen causes botulism which can be deadly.
The USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning recommends that consumer gauges which test 1 or more pounds high or low of the master gauge should be replaced for safety. High readings will lead to under-processed, unsafe food. Until the gauge is replaced, adjust the recipe pressure accordingly. For example, if the recipe calls for 11 pounds pressure and the gauge reads 1 pound high, use 12 pounds pressure.

Now SB Canning is able to accurately test your dial gauges so that you can have the piece of mind that your processing pressure is correct. You can send in just the dial gauge by unscrewing it from the top of your canner. Wrap the gauge in bubble wrap, fill out the form below, and send to the following address:

SB Canning
6872 Buttonwood Ln
Goleta, CA 93117

The gauge will be tested and sent back within two days of receipt with the confirmation of the test and any additional instructions. You will get an email once it has been received.  A donation of $6 for return postage and testing will help to continue this service and this website. If you want to have a reminder for the next year please include your email address and I would be happy to send a reminder via email.

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