i have been helping my mom and dad raise a garden (and my mother in law ) all my life. its just a way of life here in the south. but this year i decided i would take over the garden and the canning and or freezing of the veggies. never canned anything in my life they all ways did that. but i found out its easy and rewarding to do all this. i have enjoyed it as much as i do smoking and curing meats. and it tast better and is cheaper then going to the store.