checking pressure cookers
I have about 6 pressure cookers that I inherited from my mother adn grandmother. I know some are missing parts and I don't know if the dials and such are accurate. Where can I go to get them checked and serviced?
Gauge testing is available at theh Marion County Extension office by appointment (1320 Capitol St NE Suite 110, Salem - 503-588-5301). You can purchase canner parts at Bi-Mart, Wal-Mart, Fred Meyer, Wilco, or Ace Hardware, and canner gauges are available at United Repair, 1081 Broadway, Salem, (503) 585-4480 and at Wilco. Clear Jel ($4.00 per pound, regular only, no instant) is also available at the Extension office.
A statewide list of resources for where to get your gauge tested or where to find parts for your canner can be found on our website: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/mfp (go to the "Where to get your pressure gauge tested" link). The site also has links to food preservation publications, including a detailed publication on Using and Caring for Your Pressure Canner (check out the Publications link on the page above).
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