Okay, this spring we planted a ton of dwarf fruit trees and we just expanded our garden to twice its size (its now about 50 X 50 or therebouts). I have never canned in my life and would love to learn how. I"ve watched my MIL can things but she does it the "old fashioned way" from what I'm told by a friend of mine who doesnt do it the way she does. (didnt know there were different ways until that moment.) So - exactly how difficult is it to do and what method is the best? I know there is cold packing (my friend does this for most things) then there is the other way (boiling for sauces, soups, etc). I'm so afraid something will explode on me in the glass containers. Can we just freezer pack everything with a foodsaver - wont that be the same thing basically? Thanks for your replies.