Food preservation in some form or other has become an inevitable part of today’s life and foodstyle. Jams and sauces, relishes and chutneys have become an integral portion of any meal, any snack. However, if we can find some time once in a way to prepare your own preserves, you can far overweigh the joy of relishing these tasty preserves by making them at home. You can pick the best of fruit/vegetables in peak season, hygienically prepare your choice of varieties and to your own taste. A little hard work during the season will reap rich benefits for a long time. The all-important factor of cost also counts a lot. Preserves made at home cost a little over one fourth the cost of off-the shelf products.