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Ask a Master Food Preserver

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Does this jam look normal?  Do I need to sterilize my canning jars? Where can I find a tested and safe recipe? Ask your local Master Food Preserver any food safety or preservation question.

  • Call our helpline (805) 781-1429

Please allow up to one week for a response. Our helpline is staffed by volunteers doing their best to respond in a timely manner. We may need to contact you by phone to further discuss your question, so please provide your phone number in the email or phone message. 

Pressure Gauge Testing Available



We have a Presto® Testing Unit designed exclusively for testing Presto® Pressure Dial Gauges on pressure canners. Contact the helpline for more information or to schedule an appointment.  This service is free and open to all home cooks and preservers!