Extension office offers canning advice

This time of year the Stokes County Cooperative Extension office receives numerous calls about canning questions. The office is happy to provide assistance with your home canning questions.

The will also be offering free Presto pressure canner testing on June 19 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Stokes County Cooperative Extension office, 700 North Main Street, Danbury, and on June 24 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the King Farmer’s Market, 10-5 Moore Road, King.

“Remember there are no safe short cuts in canning,” said County Extension Director Debbie Cox. “Food that is improperly canned can cause illness or even death. Safe canning methods have been based on laboratory research.

“You cannot assume that a canning method is safe just because it is printed in a magazine or cookbook,” she added. “In 2009, the USDA updated their home canning guidelines based on safety and quality. Therefore a recipe published before 2009 may be outdated and could affect the safety and quality of your home canned foods. Be sure the canning book or recipe you use complies with up-to-date guidelines. The Stokes County Cooperative Extension office has several free publications on home canning and several recipe booklets for making pickles, salsa, jams and jellies.”

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