For Family Night Dan and I bottled our first batches of apricot preserve together. We sure made a mess. We had a few issues throughout the process. We started with one big pot but soon realized that it was too small and had to pour half of the preserves into another pot because it was boiling up and out of the first pot. We're lucky we didn't burn ourselves that stuff is hot! The other messy part was pouring the preserves into the bottles. We don't have a funnel...so alot ended up down the sides of the jar. Overall, it was fun and we now have 18 half pint jars of apricot preserve.