Canning is a relatively simple process that provides a slew of benefits. Canning and preserving your own food gives you the ability to control exactly goes into the jar. Mass produced foods, such as canned vegetables and fruits, typically include harmful ingredients - like unnatural preservatives - that can pose a risk to you and your family. Canning your own foods means you avoid these ingredients and instead preserve the item more naturally. Furthermore, canning and preserving your own foods means you can have fresh food year round. This is especially true if you have your own garden. You can harvest your fresh vegetables and fruits, and then preserve them through the canning process so you can enjoy anytime during the year.