I'm new to canning and am looking to buy the necessary equipment to start preserving, fermenting, etc. I'm thinking a preserve cooking pot, a boiling water bath pot, jar tongs, a wide mouth funnel, and a thermometer. I've been reading books and reviews on Amazon and would love some input from those that have been doing it for a while. What products do you find necessary, especially helpful, high quality, etc. to get going with boiling water canning? What brands and sizes and materials are great?
Please enlighten me! TIA!