Canning gifts, canning 101
I am interested in recipes for gifts to give people who don't eat sweets and like foods with 'heat' (peppers, etc.). I have no experience in canning so that would be a first for me.
I asked this in Whatcha making for Christmas gifts this year??? and Booberry suggested I start my own thread and I agreed. :-) Annie recommended any recipes that use the 'hot water bath' method.
And so I Googled canning + "hot water bath". From the results, I picked this site which seems like a good place to start, plus she includes additional resources including a strong recommendation for the Ball Blue Book of Preserving, what she calls the "bible" of canning.
We have a large pot, and a round rack that fits in the bottom. Actually, it's a round cooling rack - would that work, or does it need to be a special heavy-duty rack made especially for canning with feet of a certain height?