Over the last 10 years, the preserving bug has hit many an unsuspecting home. People who were once quite content to run to the local 24 hour store for canned goods are now making their own. Why? Well, perhaps a friend or family member brought over a luscious homemade jelly, sauce, or soup. The taste was so good, so fresh, and so tantalizing that it inspired someone to try canning or preserving. This section offers some background and basic guidelines for setting up your kitchen for canning and preserving at home.