I love to can. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to see all those jars of food lined up in the pantry. I do a lot of jams and jellies but give most of them away. My hot pepper jelly is a great one to give at Christmas in my family. I do tomato relish with all the green tomatoes at the end of the season. It is so good. I like to do pie filling. It is so much better than commercial canned fillings and comes in handy for off-season pies. I did a lot of beets this year but not sure why as we do not really eat them much. I think the farmer's market price just could not be resisted. Mainly when I pressure can it is to preserve chicken broth, or to do green beans if I have a surplus. I would like to pressure can some soups in the future. IrishLass, thanks for the info on canning jars. I will have to do some research on those. I bought some Tatter lids this summer but have not tested them yet. The instructions sound as though this will take some real experimenting. We know jars look so nice but because they are a,so so expensive these are just not practical for me to use for canning. However I am going to look into your source. I may like to get them for canning special things and for gifts that I give away. In general, I guess I just like to preserve food. I also have been dehydrating food for a lot of years. Among my favorite is making raisins. They are a real treat.