Canning 101

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Getting Ready for Canning Season!

Are you someone interested in learning how to preserve your own food through home canning? Home canning is an excellent way to turn foods grown in your garden or in your local area into a creation of art that you can eat! Using proper canning methods is extremely important in keeping your family safe when eating home canned foods. Improper canning methods can result in the production of C. Botulinum, which is responsible for the illness known as Botulism. Botulism mimics a stroke and results in facial paralysis, drooping eyelids, drooling, and in severe cases, can lead to death.

Join us on May 29, 2019, from 10 a.m.–noon for a free class where canning basics will be discussed and where to find research-based recipes for your canning needs! There is no cost associated with this class but you must register by emailing Taneisha Armstrong at or calling 252-902-1714.

Class will be held at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Pitt County Center, located at 403 Government Circle, Suite 2.

If you have a pressure canner with a dial gauge, you may bring in your canner with the lid so that your gauge and gasket can be tested. This is FREE of charge. Pressure canners with dial gauges should be tested yearly to check for accuracy. Pressure canners with weighted-type gauges (or jiggler-style) instead of dial gauges aren’t tested. These gauges are supposed to maintain their accuracy.