When I was young, my mother canned a lot of different things. We kids helped peel, slice and chop. By the time I was old enough to learn how to do the actual canning Mom didn't can much any more. As an adult I had no interest and was convinced it was too much work. But growing a garden has motivated me to learn. My sister-in-law and I got together a couple of years ago in her kitchen to help eachother figure it out. Now, after two seasons of stumbling around a bit and making several errors, I've gained my confidence. And guess what??? It isn't so hard after all! These jars are lovely with fresh dill pickle ingredients ready for brine.