Time to get the pressure gauge on your canner checked

When you plant your garden, it’s so easy to imagine all of the great-tasting, healthy food that will come from those tiny seeds and plants. You may be one of the people that grow not only enough to eat during the summer but extra so it can be preserved for cold winter nights. Now is a great time to make sure your canning gear is ready for production when your garden starts producing more than you can eat.  

The dial gauge on your canner should be tested every year to assure it is processing foods at the correct temperature. The dial gauge registers the pressure in the canner. The pressure is an indicator of the temperature of the inside of the canner. It is important for low acid foods to be processed at 240 degrees Fahrenheit to destroy the spores of Clostridium Botulinum, the bacteria that causes botulism.

Christian County University of Missouri Extension can check your pressure gauge in just a few minutes. This service is provided for free.  Come in to our office at 202 W. Elm St, in Ozark – across from the southwest corner of the Court House square.

If you are looking for information on how to preserve your fresh vegetables, University of Missouri Extension has up-to-date information on how to safely can foods. You can download them at Can Fresh Vegetables


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Our Christian County Extension Office move to 202 W. Elm (in Ozark 2 doors down from previous) was March 7, 2019!!

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Soil Testing Recommendation from Horticulture Specialist Kelly McGowan

Late winter and early spring is a great time to get your soil tested. Soil testing through University of Missouri Extension is a lab-analyzed, accurate reading of current soil conditions and helps you prepare for the upcoming growing season. Testing results include nutrient analysis, organic matter percentage, pH, and can be customized for different crops. Results will also include recommendations on correcting deficiencies or imbalances.

To take a soil test, take several samples (at a depth of six inches) from the testing area and mix together. Mix the samples and bring no more than 2 cups to your local Extension office. The cost in Christian County is $18 with results in approximately 10-14 business days.

Soil testing is also a great way to save money. An accurate analysis of soil health can prevent you from adding expensive, unnecessary amendments that can build up in soil to toxic levels or wash off into area waterways.

MU Extension marketing campaign promotes healthy eating, physical activity

University of Missouri Extension’s Family Nutrition Program has launched a social marketing campaign in July and August to promote healthy eating, physical activity and gardening. The goal of “Live Like Your Life Depends On It” is to reduce the risk for chronic disease by encouraging healthy behaviors in adults. The message is being spread via billboards, posters, fliers and social media.
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