I'm so glad I decided to start canning last year. It's been such an efficient way to store goodies and great gift for friends. Some friends have even started asking for the jam I make. Our dear friends Josh and Dave were more than willing to give us plums from their overwhelmed tree, so I decided to freeze half and make jam with the other half. I usually use the recipes from the pectin packets. They seem to jive really well with my cooking style. I also have the Blue Ball Book of canning. I'm going to try a plum chutney from there soon. Ohhh and applesauce I love the fall.