I forgot to tell you - so excited, I just got the book, Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning ( http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/preserving_food_without_freezing_or_canning ) a classic which includes salting, sugaring, oiling, fermenting of course, and many other traditional methods. I'm ready to get down to business! I've had it with disappointingly moldy jars of painstakingly prepared tomatoes. I should have been preserving the oldschool way all along. That's why I've had mixed results with canning- it's just not my style.
Oh- reminds me I need to check the kombucha.. The last batch with citron oolong keeps getting rave reviews. I guess I'll have to do it again..