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It's good to see that American Honey Bee Queen Teresa Bryson, 19, of Chambersburg, Pa., will be...
Queen bee, at the peak of her season, can lay about 2000 eggs a day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
We had a great question on our Facebook page this morning about getting a pressure gauge tested. The National Center for Home Food Preservation says: take it to your local Cooperative Extension! Awesome! Here at the Los Angeles County UC Cooperative Extension we would love to test your pressure gauges! Many county offices all over the country have provided this service to the public for years. After all, improper pressure canning can result in severe illness or death - yikes. And it's recommended you get your gauges tested every year prior to diving into your canning season. If the gauge reads high or low by more than two pounds at 5, 10 or 15 pounds pressure, replace it. If it is less than two pounds off in accuracy, you can make adjustments needed to be sure you have the required pressure in your canner.
Like I said earlier, we would LOVE to do this. But we're not equipped to do so yet. As we dive head first into our super bountiful summer season, we realize this is an important service that LA County residents need. We're looking into the policies and procedures that will be necessary for us to provide this service to the public. In the meantime, you have a few other in-state options to explore:
California Counties Providing Pressure Canner Inspection OR Pressure Gauge Testing:
El Dorado County Master Food Preserver Program
Either send or bring in lids with the gauge attached and return postage OR drop the lid off
and pick it up at the county office. The entire pot can also be brought in for evaluation. In 2009 there was no charge for this service.
Solano and Yolo County
Drop off the whole pressure canner. They inspect the entire pot and test it at all three basic temperatures that home canners might use. $20.00 fee.
Non-UC Testing Services:
Embarcadero Home Cannery
2026 Livingston Street
Oakland, CA 94606
Dial gauges are tested for approximately $5 plus return postage. Individuals would remove the gauge and mail it to EHC. They will test it using their master gauge and return it with a report as to its accuracy and invoice. They sell new gauges for $21. Once mailed, EHC will return within a week.
NATIONAL PRESTO INDUSTRIES, INC.
Consumer Services Department
3925 N. Hastings Way
Eau Claire, WI 54703-2209
Phone: 1-800-877-0441 1 – 800-368-2194.
Presto will test Presto canners for no charge. Simply send gauge to them (prefer shipment by UPS; allow turn around time of more than two weeks, so plan ahead!)
We're working on adding LA County to this list. Hopefully we'll be able to make an announcement about this soon. Thanks for your patience while we get this ship moving.
A recent trip to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Fort Bragg, yielded spectacular views of...
Honey bee foraging on borage. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Yellow-face bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) takes a liking to borage. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
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Inside the hive--the queen bee and her retinue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Outside the hive--worker bee heading toward a New Zealand tea tree, Leptospermum scoparium keatleyi. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Outside the hive--a honey bee foraging on a begonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
You can't miss the flame skimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata). You especially can't miss the...
Flame skimmer (Libellula saturata) rests on a tomato stake after hunting prey over a fish pond. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)