Canning is always more fun with a friend. Sure, you end up cutting way more fruit and processing for HOURS, but it is so nice to have someone to talk to while canning 50+ jars of peaches and 40+ jars of pears. My friend Julie swore she would never can. She thought it was too hard and too time consuming. Last year I talked her into doing some fruit with me and guess what? She's hooked. Anyone who cans must have one of these. Okay, I don't actually own a steam canner, I just borrow the one I bought for Ele for Christmas a couple of years ago. Steam canners make the process of canning so much quicker. I can't believe I used to wait for all that water to boil in my old canner.