I'm very interested to try canning - I really like the idea of "putting up" various antipasto-type vegetables; e.g. pickles, artichokes, mushrooms, etc. and being able to just open up a jar mid-winter and serve a noshy appetizer before a dinner party, not to mention storing things like good local tomatoes for the wintertime. I am, however, a little daunted by the array of tools. Can anyone out there recommend a basic canning setup for a beginner who is primarily interested in preserving a few basic vegetables and pickling? Do I need a pressure cooker? Recommendations on models? Pointers/tips/suggestions?