Getting Started in Pressure Canning. The following will be a series of reference links for getting started in canning. I may or may not have purchased merchandise from the companies used for information purposes in the links. . general info, why can. http://www.canningpantry.com/using-pressure-canners.html . next link is the Cadillac of pressure canners. http://www.canningpantry.com/pressure-canner-915.html . a good starter pressure canner. http://www.canningpantry.com/presto-pressure-canner-16qt.html . another one. http://www.goodmans.net/get_item_mi-92022_mirro-22-quart-aluminum-pressure-cooker-and-canner.htm . link to #1 recommended starter canning book. http://www.amazon.com/Ball-Complete-Book-Home-Preserving/dp/0778801314/ref=pd_sim_k_2 . A good source for pressure cooker parts. Covers Presto, Mirro, and American. http://www.pressurecooker-canner.com/mirro.html . Presto Company canning recipes. http://www.gopresto.com/recipes/canning/recipeindex.php . an excellent overview, with tons of links. http://food.unl.edu/web/preservation/canning a recipe site with many excellent info links. http://freecanningrecipes.com/canning-recipe-111/beef-stew-for-canning.html And last but not least, there is this Lady by the name of Jackie Clay. She writes for Backwoods Home Magazine. When it comes to many things and specially canning, this lady is my hero. She has more knowledge on canning than anyone else I have found. Here is one of her recipe/stories on canning meat. http://recipecircus.com/recipes/carnation037/CanningandPickles/Canning_Meats.html I hope this answers some questions on canning many of you have, and that it gets you started. It's a great way to put up food for storage.