One of the best places to buy your food storage is at the LDS Cannery. It is clean, organized, and inexpensive compared with other food storage retailers. The Cannery is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the use and benefit of its members, but if you aren't a member of the Church find a friend who is and they will gladly take you to purchase food from the cannery. The volunteers that work in the cannery are happy and always willing to help you. There are two ways to purchase your food storage from the cannery. One is to take a few hours and can your bulk purchase in #10 cans, or you may purchase the food in bulk and can it at home. I didn't have time in my day to stay and can my food so I purchased a few things and used my foodsaver to can them at home.
The above stock photo is from the Church website and gives you a glimpse of how to put food into #10 cans using the canning facility. It is actually fun to do and even more so when you have a group of friends to go with you.
The day I visited the cannery no one was canning, but I wanted to let you know what the downtown Welfare Square cannery in Salt Lake City looks like.
I loved the quote on the wall from Harold B. Lee..." Why should the grain elevator be built? To me there is only one answer. The elevator stands as a prophecy of a time when we will need wheat; of a time when, perhaps, money cannot buy food." That's a very sobering thought!
The food storage basics for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints were also displayed on the wall. They are plain and simple to follow. Get the basics....store what you eat...eat what you store...store water....get your finances in order....then work on longer-term storage.
I bought a 15lb box of dehydrated apples for $69. These are my favorite dehydrated apples from any food storage retailer. They are crispy and taste like dessert. It's really hard to keep them stocked at my house.
I "canned" them using my foodsaver and I don't want to admit it, but it may have taken a long time to finish this project. (click HERE to see how I use my foodsaver to dry can) But I shouldn't have complained because I had no idea how long a 35lb box of dehydrated onions would take.
If you ever want adults to look at you like you are crazy buy a 35lb box of dehydrated onions like you do it everyday. I got the funniest comments from the volunteers at the cannery when I said I wanted the whole box. I assured them that I had a plan for them and I knew what I was doing. The 35lb box cost $72.00 and I think I'm set for onions in my long-term storage :)
It took FOREVER it seemed to get them all canned, but it was so worth it to see the final product. Being prepared gives me peace of mind.
If you don't live near a cannery you can order a few staples, like wheat, sugar, oats, dehydrated apples, a few pastas, and pinto beans, online HERE and also download an order form there as well. I am truly blessed to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and some of those blessings come from continually working on my food storage. And I love a Church that will help me accomplish this goal by providing a Cannery for my use.