I'm not dumb, but I have never canned without my mom doing all of the detail work while I chop and peel. I have done peaches, pears, tomatoes - - but all that was 25 years ago when I was a kid. In the past 5 years, we've done applesauce together. Now I want to do this on my own since I now live 800 miles from her. BOO HOO to that, by the way. Should I get a pressure cooker or will a big pot be sufficient? I want to can soups, spaghetti sauce and applesauce to start. I've never canned soup or spaghetti sauce with meat. I'm thinking I'll can broths with veggies and meat and add pasta when I heat it up. I make applesauce all the time, but never enough to can. I didn't see a thread on this, and hope I didn't duplicate an old one. Thanks in advance for your help.