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oneyedman (Mod) --- 6 years ago -

Anybody ever been down to the LDS canning center here in Houston?

I am thinking of visiting, but I am a noob to LDS canning.... 

rightwingmom (Mod) --- 6 years ago -

oneyedman,
I've been several times. We're very blessed that our LDS cannery allows non-members to participate, and they don't try to convert!

You can drop in anytime and buy bulk items, prepackaged items, mylar bags (aka: dry pouches), oxygen absorbers, and any #10 cans left over from others packing. You can home pack their bulk items. Their mylar bags are the thickest I've seen. Do a quick search for home packing instructions with mylars and O2s.

The packing is done by appointment and in groups. They have 2 sessions a day. You can sometimes join another group or form your own.

The basic rules are:
1. show up a few minutes early
2. have your individual AND entire group order READY
3. no jewelry
4. ladies with long hair pulled back
5. long pants
6. closed toe shoes
(They're strict due to health codes!)

Sister Fairchild runs the cannery and is very helpful. PM me if you want her cell #.

Here's their Order Form PDF. Check the bottom left of the form for prepackaged items.
LDS Food Order Form

*** I've learned to call a day or two before my appointment to check on their warehouse. They've been out of stuff from time to time. 

nooneishome --- 6 years ago -

Good info, thanks. 

rightwingmom (Mod) --- 6 years ago -

nooneishome,
Post here or PM me if you have any questions. 

oneyedman (Mod) --- 6 years ago -

RW mom,
About how much do you spend when making a trip there?

Will you go with me? I am scared to do it alone. 

LiveFreeOrDie (Admin) --- 6 years ago -

Will you go with me? I am scared to do it alone.

Sister Fairchild is pretty scarey, especially if you don't wear your hair net just right.

You'll be ok just watch out for that ruler of hers, I'm pretty sure she got it from a retired nun from the local Catholic school. 

rightwingmom (Mod) --- 6 years ago -

About how much do you spend when making a trip there?

oneyedman,
You made me dig out my old receipts. LOL
My last trip was in Feb. '11, before their price increase. Here's what I packed and picked up.

(12) #10 cans of powdered milk
(2) #10 cans of dried apples (they're yummy!)
(2) #10 cans of dried onions
(4) #10 cans of potato flakes
(12) #10 cans of quick oats (prepackaged)
(2) 25 lb. bulk bag of hard red wheat
(2) 25 lb. bulk bag of hard white wheat
(50) 1 gal. Mylar bags (LDS's are AWESOME!)
(100) 300 cc oxygen absorbers (they come 100 count/bag)

Total at the time was $ 208.93.

I've made a total of 4 trips totaling a little over $700. I compared that to ordering the same items from places like Honeyville and Thrive. The savings is huge...well over 50%! Even with LDS's price increases, it would still cost me $1500 or MORE to get the same stuff online. I'm so thankful our LDS cannery allows non-members to participate! (And that they don't try to witness to you) ;)

BTW ~ Let me know if you want me to post an itemized list of what I've packed from LDS for $700. It's a pretty impressive inventory! 

oneyedman (Mod) --- 6 years ago -

OK.. nice.

I am tapped out after buying ammo to assure i have 1500 5.56 rounds stockpiled....

My next $500 bucks go to LDS food storage. Thanks 

rightwingmom (Mod) --- 6 years ago -

Okay...
$700 over 4 visits =

#10 Cans
5 black beans
4 white beans
24 nonfat powdered milk
9 white rice
4 sugar
9 hard red wheat
18 dehydrated apple slices
7 dehydrated carrots
6 macaroni noodles
16 quick oats (cost comparison LDS = $2.50/can...Honeyville = $8.99/can)
2 regular oats
4 dehydrated onions
11 potato flakes
8 spaghetti noodles

bulk
125 lbs. hard red wheat
100 lbs. hard white wheat

Misc.
50 Mylar bags (1 gal.)
100 oxygen absorbers (300 cc each)

*** I packed the wheat at home in sterile/dry 2 liter soda bottles with 1 O2 absorber each. 

oneyedman (Mod) --- 6 years ago -

I packed the wheat at home in sterile/dry 2 liter soda bottles with 1 O2 absorber each.

Really? I have never heard of doing that.
What is your reasoning for that? 

rightwingmom (Mod) --- 6 years ago -

That packing technique was the first I learned, before I found 1 gal. Mylar bags.
(I actually home pack in both: Mylar and 2 liters now.)

I like the 2 liters b/c they're free, due to LFOD's addiction to diet sodas. LOL
They're also easy to carry and make a great container while using the product.

Not just 2 liters...any plastic bottle with a #1 in the recycle triangle is good for this type of storage. i.e. 64 oz. shelf stable juice bottles, Gatorade/Powerade bottles, etc.

Process:
1. I rinse the bottles.
2. Add 1 teaspoon of regular bleach, and fill with hot tap water.
3. Let them sit for 2 minutes(+).
4. Pour and rinse with tap water.
5. Inverter the bottles until 100% dry...usually takes 2 - 3 days.

Once dry, simply place a 300 cc O2 pack in the bottom then fill with your dry food (beans, rice, small noodles, oatmeal, wheat berries, powdered milk, etc.) Screw the top on tightly. You'll know it's working when the bottle compresses....usually within 24 hours. Store in a dark environment b/c most bottles are transparent, unlike Mylar bags. 

LiveFreeOrDie (Admin) --- 6 years ago -

Really? I have never heard of doing that.
What is your reasoning for that?



If you look at food grade bottles many have a #1 in the recycle triangle, that means it is a "pete" container. It is good for all food storage, impenetrable to oxygen and germs. 

oneyedman (Mod) --- 6 years ago -

If you look at food grade bottles many have a #1 in the recycle triangle, that means it is a "pete" container. It is good for all food storage, impenetrable to oxygen and germs.

Awesome!! I did not know that. 

rightwingmom (Mod) --- 6 years ago -

LDS has an online store. They're limited on their selection, but they cover the basics...and there's no shipping. Their prices are also amazingly low compared to the big online companies.
ex. Pinto beans
1 case (6 #10 cans) w/ LDS = $45
1 case (6 #10 cans) w/ Thrive = $67


LDS Online Store 

oneyedman (Mod) --- 6 years ago -

I have to by 250 mylar bags in one shot... I don't need that many!!
I could use 10 or so....maybe 20

Anybody want to split the case?
125 bags for $50 

Basher FiveTwo --- 6 years ago -

BUMP! Good stuff here 

Basher FiveTwo --- 6 years ago -

I am going back to the cannery with income tax return. I plan to spend about 2 grand in two days there. 

rightwingmom (Mod) --- 6 years ago -

I am going back to the cannery with income tax return. I plan to spend about 2 grand in two days there.

EXCELLENT!

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oneyedman (Mod) --- 6 years ago -

I plan to spend about 2 grand in two days there.

Holy Sh!t your getting a 2 grand tax return? I am lucky if I get @
$200 bucks 

oneyedman (Mod) --- 6 years ago -

OK, LDS website has quick oats in #10 cans, 6 to a case for $21.95. That is 12 lbs of quick oats.

Sams Club has a 23 lbs pail of oats for $19.28.

Thats almost 2x more for less ..... YEA!

Get you some oats!!!


Browse their Emergency food section. They have some great stuff for VERY reasonable prices.

You need to cover shipping though... 

Basher FiveTwo --- 6 years ago -

I'm going in two weeks.. 

REDD --- 6 years ago -

Could anybody answer a question for me? Would 1gallon bleach jugs be alright to store some water in if they're rinsed out good??? 

REDD --- 6 years ago -

Hey oneeyedman---if you want to split on those mylar bags, i'll split with you... let me know... 

Basher FiveTwo --- 6 years ago -

Yes REDD they'd be good 

oneyedman (Mod) --- 6 years ago -

Hey oneeyedman---if you want to split on those mylar bags, i'll split with you... let me know...

Awesome.... but they are currently on backorder.... Let me see if I can find a deal we can work with.

Do you need the oxygen absorbers as well? 

oneyedman (Mod) --- 6 years ago -

REDD,
Found this deal online. 10x 5 gallon 4.5mil mylar bags and 10x 2000cc oxygen absorbers.... $24.99 Free shipping.

Go get you some bags, buddy

I use Home Depot orange "Homer" buckets and the lids they sell with them.

Let me know if you need help. 

rightwingmom (Mod) --- 5 years ago -

If you're new to prepping, you may consider ordering from the LDS online store. They're shipping is free and they have several basics to choose from. I've also appreciated the fact that they don't try to convert you to their religion, just provide food storage needs.

The choices are VERY limited, but the prices are low and it's a good start.

LDS Online Store 

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