Canning can be scary, but we’re here to tell you that yes, you CAN can. And not only can you can, but you can can pretty easily. Okay, enough with the bad canning jokes.

Canning is a great way to preserve the summer produce you’ve got piling up on the counter and taste a bit of the sweet (or sour) summertime during the dead of winter. Yeah, it takes a bit of diligence to safely preserve food, but once you pick a recipe that you want to put in jars and save forever (or at least for a year), even you—yes, you—can do it. Start by learning from an expert. These simple steps come from Virginia Wills, author of Southern Living: Little Jars, Big Flavors and an expert on canning.

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