put to the test by margo morton, writing intern
Canning and food preservation has been a treasured practice at Minnetrista and within the community since the days of the Ball brothers. Even if you know the ins and outs of this tradition, it’s important to make sure you aren’t missing out on a crucial step: testing your pressure canner. Minnetrista has recently acquired its own pressure canner tester that visitors will soon be able to use by appointment. In Indiana, the testing units are normally only available in Purdue extension offices. That means until now, the closest unit was counties away in Bluffton, IN. Discovery and Engagement Manager, Ashley Mann, said it took a while to figure out if Minnetrista would even be allowed to own the Presto Testing Unit. “Presto doesn’t want just anyone testing their canners by themselves,” Mann said. “We make sure it’s done well.” Minnetrista’s testing unit checks dial gauges for National, Magic Seal, Maid of Honor, and Presto Pressure Canners. It is also important to regularly check other parts of your canner, like the rubber seal, but this simple device is just for dial gauges. If the gauge is not properly operating, bacteria are not killed in the pressure canning process. That is why it is so important to check the gauge yearly. The best news of all is—the Presto Testing Unit usually yields results in less than one minute! Those sixty seconds can reduce much stress in the future, and Minnetrista is proud to offer this important service to new and experienced canners. For more information or to test your pressure canner call 765.282.4848.