Pressure canner testing, bread festival

Pressure Canners

Now is the time to get dial gauges tested on pressure canners. Here are some reminders. Each of the Meadowlark Extension District Offices — Oskaloosa, Holton and Seneca — as well as most Extension offices have the Presto Gauge Testing Unit. This can test pressure gauges on the brands Presto, National, Maid of Honor and Magic Seal.

This testing unit cannot test All American pressure gauges. Newer models of the All American canner have both regulator weights (weighted gauge) and the dial gauge. The weight is more accurate than the gauge and customers should use the weight in order to determine if they are at the needed pressure. If the weight begins to rock at the desired pressure and the gauge is off by more than 2 psi the company recommends replacing the gauge. The gauge is now used as a reference to know when the unit is at 0 psi and can safely be removed.

National Festival of Bread

Looking for a fun, educational outing that is fairly close, consider attending the National Festival of Bread that will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8. This will be held at the Manhattan Conference Center located at 410 S. Third Street in Manhattan. This is a free event, with many educational speakers throughout the day.

There will be eight finalists that are from all over the United States baking their special bread entries. Participants will have a chance to watch these finalists, as well as sample these entries. Four of the finalists are home bakers and there will also be four bloggers among the finalist selections.

For a complete schedule of events, visit http://nationalfestivalofbreads.com/national-festival-of-breads. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food to support local food pantries.

This is a great opportunity to bring 4-H members and/or other youth as there will be a Kids’ Zone Bread Baking Workshops. The National Festival of Bread is held every other year and is considered America’s Bread Baking Championship.

Cindy Williams40 Posts

Cindy Williams is the Meadowlark Extension District agent in the areas of food and nutrition.

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