Originally Posted by aficianado
zombie. gather up $8 bucks and go to any hardware store. buy that thin book called "blue book of canning". i think the BALL jar company puts the book out. easy peasy!
we canned a bunch of tomatos the year before and they were AMAZING! we had a crap crop this year, so we didnt do it this year. tomatoes are the best learning fruit to can. high acid = low bacteria.
x2 on the blue book. Has all the info you'll need to get started.
You can buy canning jars at the grocery store by the dozen. Another good place to look for them for cheap is at yard/estate sales. You'll also need a stock pot or pressure cooker or steam canner to process the jars. I just use a stock pot and a water bath, my mother uses a pressure cooker, and my sister has a steam canner and really likes it. A jar funnel and jar lifter are also essential.
My gf and I have canned pickles, tomato sauce and paste, apple sauce, and peppers. The recipes are usually pretty basic. Just make sure your jars, lids, and bands are clean and sterile.