With summer in full force, it's the perfect time to start making jam to preserve summer's bounty so you can savor it throughout the winter. While it may be a little daunting, canning items is actually an extremely easy technique. First, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Submerge canning jars with their lids and ring bands in boiling water for 10 minutes to sterilize them to prevent any unwanted bacterial growth in the jar, which could lead to the lid breaking open. Using tongs, transfer jars, lids, and ring bands to a clean dish towel. Fill jars and close. Again, bring a large pot of water to a gentle boil. Carefully submerge filled jars, ensuring that they're covered by at least 1" of water. Let jars sit for 15 minutes, then transfer them to a dish towel to cool (use tongs fitted with rubber bands for easy removal). As the jars cool, you will hear lids pop. To test the seal, press down on center of lid, and then release your finger. If the lid remains depressed, it's properly sealed. Try your hand at preserving with our collection of our favorite compotes, jams, and more.