There are some very inspiring people here on GardenStew, and some have been helping me along on my journey of learning to can. I was so intimidated at first, but learned by doing jams and pickles and using a water bath canner. Then I bought a pressure canner and have been learning to use it, and I have to tell you ... I am hooked on canning! Yesterday, I canned some potatoes and organic carrots just because I could! Last week, I made and canned baked beans and applesauce! My pantry is now filling up with home canning, and I am anxiously awaiting the harvest from my gardens. Next winter I will have homegrown, organic vegetables to eat that I have canned MYSELF! Not only will this save money, but I will know exactly where my food came from. So I'm sending out a big THANK YOU to those of you that have answered my many, MANY canning questions and helped me become a confidant canner. And to those of you that have always wanted to learn to can and are intimidated by the whole thing ... don't be! It really is easier than you think!