Family & Consumer Sciences views the family, in all its diverse forms, as the cornerstone of a healthy society.  Our mission is to empower individuals, families and communities to make informed decisions with unbiased, research-based information.  For more than 100 years, professionals within the Montana State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences program have worked to serve family and community needs.  Throughout Montana, MSU Extension educators offer learning experiences to improve life, health and finances in your home and community.

Family & Consumer Sciences is your resource for:

  • Housing and Environmental Health
  • Family and Consumer Economics
  • Family and Human Development
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Community Health

Pressure Canner Gauge Testing:

In order to ensure your pressure canner gauge is working properly it is recommended that a yearly pressure test be done at the start of each canning season.  If the dial gauge on your canner does not register correctly you could be jeopardizing the safety of the food you just canned. 

If the pressure is lower than what is recommended the internal temperature of the food will not be adequate to kill all the bacteria and spores, this can cause botulism.  If the pressure is higher than what is recommended this can cause food to be over processed which will affect the quality of the food you are canning.  

We test pressure canner gauges for free by appointment!