Higher food prices mean more people out in the garden. So maybe it's no surprise that Jarden, the company behind Ball and Kerr canning supplies, says sales are already up 30 percent from this time last year.

Home canning — which goes by the name "home fresh preserving" these days — is enjoying a revival. It's a useful and energy efficient way to preserve the bounty of your kitchen garden or any other fresh fruits and veggies you'd like to save for later. Want to get started? Jarden's site is a good place to get your bearings.

You'll find plenty more on the web. Better yet, pay attention at local craft fairs. There's nothing better than an experienced hand to show you the ropes. 

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