ok; should say lately! I've been a canning fool! I've canned barbecue black beans, chicken broth & beef broth... Barbecue beans- 16 pints chicken broth -- 10 quarts & 6 pints beef broth -- 6 quarts & 12 pints my family (extended) thinks I am nutty for doing it..but it is so rewarding afterwards to hear the "pink" of the lids sealing knowing that I've done a good job! not to mention; I made a TON of beef broth for under $12 when beef broth is about $1.25 a can here for 14 ounces generic and name brand $1.50+ ... I dont count the jars/rings as they are reused over many many many years! the upfront cost of course is a bit; but when you even them out over 15 years or more..its nothing.. anyway...this nutty mom, who owns her own business at home, has lost 60 lbs over the last 2 years by cooking more & better foods, homeschools her 13 yr old boy, has 2 more small girls at home, has a hubby who works 77 hrs in one week and is unavailable, has a large garden, 31 chickens...who NEVER wanted or desired or even til last yr THOUGHT about chickens lol or a "farm" type life...has gotten all homemaker on me..I'm not sure who I am anymore!! Its kinda freakin' me out!! I even had a BRUNCH this wk catered by me for a couple ladies from church this wk... SOMEONE SHOOT ME.. I need to go back and find myself...I'm not sure where I lost the old me and came up w/the new one...she's sooo different...it makes me uncomfortable lol..