What did that title say?
I was reading the February/March 2010 issue of Organic Gardening magazine, in the Letters section, and came across a note signed by Betty Gambill of Winston-Salem, North Carolina: (Emphasis and color are mine.)Canning Cautions Please let your readers know that every state has a network of Cooperative Extension officers staffed by agents that they can contact for information about canning [Ask OG, November-January]. They have pamphlets on canning, freezing, and drying. Some even offer classes, and all will answer questions on any problems a person may encounter. The extension office is usually part of a state university. Also, pressure canning is no longer recommended for safety reasons, and the canner that looks like a baby-bottle sterilizer is no longer recommended. Many online sites offer electric water-bath canners. I got mine more than 10 years ago when I took a canning class from the extension office in Salem, Oregon.
Is this serious? What? Pressure canning is no longer recommended? That’s the first I have heard of this, whether just in North Carolina, the whole USA or anywhere else.
I am guessing that the magazine’s editors either didn’t do their homework on this letter, or that they edited it for length and left out some crucial wording, possibly about new flat glass stovetops.
What do you think? Have you heard anything about this? Would you stop pressure canning just because someone decided to tell you to stop?