My grandmother has always been an avid canner. She cans several types of pickles, tomatoes, beets, peaches...just about anything you can get your hands on and can. Each year for Christmas she sends us a huge box of a variety of her canned goodies. Today I cracked into a new can of her homemade salsa and enjoyed it on a cheap frozen pizza. The salsa may not look pretty (no preservatives or added colors) but wow, it is so much better than anything you can buy from the store. Knowing that each and every ingredient in it was from my grandma's own garden makes me appreciate all the work that went into it and I savor every bite.
Each time I open a new jar and hear that "pop" of the seal opening I think to myself, "This is the year I will have grandma teach me to can" but I still haven't. Years are passing. I've since moved out of state and started my own family. My own mother never learned from her either and I fear the loss of all that knowledge and experience (and secret recipes!) if it isn't passed on. Looks like I've found my next craft to attack!
If anyone knows of any great canning websites or resources I'd love to know about them!