Thank you. I'm excited. I haven't had any luck finding any used, just the jars. Will probably have to buy it new,First, Hurray and awesome for you for wanting to start canning.
Yup, get that Ball book.
Then stop by garage sales & second hand stores 'til you find an old pressure canner. Be sure the lid fits firmly. Probably cost you five bucks, a new one is $150. Don't forget to sneak a peek for used canning jars, a canning funnel, tongs for pulling hot jars.
Now go to your hardware store, get the rubber seal that fits your lid and a new pressure gauge. You're all set with equipment.
When you find something you want to can, carefully follow the instructions in the Ball canning book.
It's easy peasy and sooooo satisfying to see your own home canned food on the shelf.
Just go for it and keep us posted.
Put an advertisement up in your local church bulletin board, laundry mat, pet store and even the newpaper, especially if you have a "shopper" type paper. Many people, especially older people, don't have the desire to can any more and will give you for free or very cheap, their canners. I've found several at the auction in my area.Thank you. I'm excited. I haven't had any luck finding any used, just the jars. Will probably have to buy it new,