I don't have a water-bath canner, so I borrowed a great big pot from my mom-in-law next door. I also didn't have any pectin, so I had to try a new recipe that didn't call for pectin. I did (thankfully!) have some 4-oz. jars with flats and rings left over from last year.
I like to make plenty of small jars of whatever I happen to be canning so that my husband can give them to his office workers at Christmas. Homemade pickles and jams are some of the things we've given his office folks in years past, and they are always enjoyed. We feel like giving a few small jars of homemade goodies shows his office folks that they are appreciated and that we took the time to make something that we hope they'll like. It's much more personal than buying gifts for them, and it's easy to dress up the jars with pretty fabrics or a pretty dish cloth.
The jam turned out to be really yummy! It didn't gel quite as well as I would have liked, but it was certainly good enough. And I was really pleased that I didn't mess up the entire kitchen making it, and it didn't take all day either!
Do you have particular fruits or veggies that you like to can or freeze every year? Do you include your children in the canning process, or do you prefer to do it with a friend of by yourself?