Making preserves of both the jam and the pickled variety is seemingly a lost art now only found at farmer’s markets. But the truth is that preserving is an affordable, healthy and eco-friendly way to store and then enjoy food. Whether it’s a solo project or family bonding time, learning how to make preserves can reduce your food budget and improve your diet. It also means that you’ll be reusing the containers that you preserve in year after year rather than adding more and more single-packaging containers to the wilds of the world. And, believe it or not, food that you put work into yourself gives you better satisfaction than something that you just picked up off of the store shelves.