Food Safety

Food Safety

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Pressure Canner Gauge Testing

Pressure Canner Weld County Health Department is offering complimentary Pressure Canner Gauge Testing! It is recommended to have your gauge tested every year before canning to make sure that you are processing at the correct pressure for a safe product. All components on the lid are checked, including the gasket/ring and safety plug.

To have your gauge tested, bring your canning lid with dial gauge, rubber gasket/ring and safety plug. You can schedule an appointment to have your gauge tested by contacting Pete Graham at the Health Department.

CSU Extension Preserve Smart Website and App 

Confidently preserve food at your elevation with guidance from Colorado State University Extension.


  • Preserve Smart Logo All information available in the existing CSU Extension food preservation fact sheets in a mobile friendly, organized manner by fruit/vegetable type.
  • Tool for helping users determine and enter the elevation of their kitchen, showing proper altitude adjustments for various recipes.
  • Links to a site that enables the user to determine when a fruit or vegetable is in season in Colorado.
  • Helping the user determine (while at the market) the quantity of fruit or vegetable needed
    (along with other ingredients and supplies) for preservation quantity.

For more information, please visit the CSU Extension Preserve Smart Website and App.

Food Safety for Cottage Foods Producers

Colorado State University Extension agents are working in every county in the State!  Discover resources for your cottage food business! Search for product information fact sheets, certification courses and more.  Visit the Colorado State University Extension Farm to Table for resources.


There has been an uptick on botulism cases in Colorado. Check out PreserveSmart, CSU’s comprehensive guidelines on preserving and canning foods safely. You can also access this information in your mobile device using the PreserveSmart app.

You can find more information at Preserve Smart
App: App for Android devices
App: App for iPhones and iOS devices  

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