Yesterday I went out for dinner with a few professors after a seminar and learned the most wonderful piece of information.
One of the professors is the current head of the UC Food Safety Program, and she did her PhD on sauerkraut fermentation. We had much to talk about. And apparently part of her job is to supply information on safe home food preservation.
So here's the big piece of info: There is a "Master Food Preserver" program in Sacramento, California! Seriously.
It's just like the Master Gardener program where you go through an intensive volunteer training program every Saturday for about 8 weeks and you spend a certain number of hours volunteering in the community, after which you become a "Master Food Preserver". I'm thinking I should do it.
Here are some good links for home canning that my professor uses herself:
UC Food Safety: Home Gardening, Preservation, and Storage
National Center for Home Food Preservation
The University of Georgia Factsheets
This is the ultimate source of info for canning instructions.
Ball Jar Home Canning Site
Sacramento County Master Food Preserver Program