This article is from the Food Preserving FAQ, by Eric Decker firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Pour a cup of coffee or tea and put your feet up. Now, think about the food
you would like to have on hand all the time. Pay particular attention to
childhood memories. You may want to start with jams, jellies and vinegar
pickles. This is an excellent way to start. It also has a low-cost threshold.
Spend some time doing Acid - Vinegar pickles and Sweet - Jams/Jellies to asess
whether you want your life to be inundated by preserving. You might then go to
dehydration at the fruit level and graduate into the more complex stuff of
jerky, curing meats, smoking fish, etc. Pressure Canning ...
It is important to think about where you want to go and the path you will take
as serious budget planning may be called for. If you want a serious canning
kitchen and storage pantry, a long view complete with spousal agreement is very
desireable and usually required.
Read this FAQ all the way through. Get a copy of Putting Food By - read, read
and then read it again. Surf the Web and browse the resources listed in section