I know a lot of you can... I am bound and determined to do it! I bought the Ball Blue Book (on eBay, used for $2! ) and I've been looking around online. However, I have some questions. What do you really "need"? I see all sorts of jars, I see steam canners, pressure canners, wire baskets, hand tools, lids, wax, washers... The list could go on. I really want to dip my toe in this before I go jumping in because I'm afraid I'll kill my family! Our neighbors across the street have been canning for years and years (they are in their 80s) and we visit and keep an eye on them. We went over there last night and they gave us canned pears- the BEST pears I've ever eaten! I about dropped dead. They use a wax seal, and they steam in the microwave, but this is all so new and over my head. Help me! What I'd really like to know is, What do I need to get started, and what are the things that I can live without buying?