Have you ever tried home canning? I know that the sound of it sounds a little intimidating. I was also in that boat. I have yet to try the pressure cooker method. (Bad memories of a small incident as a child). To start I think you need to start easy and grape jelly is a great place to begin. It requires few ingredients, but with tasty results. To can grape jelly, you need a water bath. I found mine on a great sale at the grocery store with all the accessories you need.
Here is the recipe I used for the jelly:
5 cups prepared grape juice
1 1/2 cups water
1 box Fruit Pectin
7 cups sugar, measured into separate bowl
We are lucky enough to have a grape vine in the backyard to produce an abundance of grapes. It is a lot of work to remove the seeds and skin, but it is so worth having the grape juice for homemade jelly. It is also helpful to get a canning book. I love to try some of the recipes out of the book, plus it has how long you should boil your jars and other canning tips.
If you haven't given canning a try,
it is never too late.