Have you done any preserving at all as yet?
I started with an electric Vacola unit, and bottled some tomatoes. It was so simple and gave me the confidence to try more.
I've learnt so much from others on the forum, that someone close to where I live ended up not to matter... I'm sure you'll find everyone here an enormous book of knowledge.
There's a few step by step recipes with photos over on the main site you may like to look at as well. http://www.preserving-australia.com.au/ ... erving.php
Look forward to hearing about your journey into preserving.