Friday, August 31, 2012


I'm not part of the LDS church but I do belong to a Meet Up group of people who prepare for emergencies or dastards.  The man who runs the group is Mormon and was kind enough to set up an outing for us to go the LDS Cannery in Fountain Valley. 

This was our 2nd outing there and I thought I would share it with you.

This is a big warehouse where you can go and pick up dry foods in bulk.  Things like dry milk, dehydrated carrots, potatoes, oats, beans, sugar and so on.  The cost is great!  Much better then even the big stores like Costco.

Inside the warehouse is a sterile room where you can go and break down the large containers of food into #10 cans. 

Before you enter the sterile room you must wash your hands, remove any jewelry, put on gloves, an apron and hair net.  If you have a beard you must wear a face mask too.

Here we are waiting to get started.  We all had a good laugh at how everyone looked.  We felt like we were in the old TV show I LOVE LUCY where she goes to work at the candy store.

It's actually a very easy and fun process.  The food comes in big bags that get opened in a large plastic container.  Then it's scooped into the cans and weighed.


We put in an oxygen absorber, put a lid on the can and then hand it over to the person who is sealing them.
The machine spins the can as it seals it and will stop when it is completely sealed.
The label gets put on the can.  The date is written down where the year packed is at.  This way you know how long this product will be good for.
Wow!  You can keep some things for 25-30 years once they are canned this way.  When you open them, it will taste the same as when you canned it.
When you are finished canning, you put in your order and pay for what you purchased.  If you buy 6 cans they put them in a box and you get two free plastic lids to reseal the cans when opened.  You can purchase more lids if you like.
I purchased, carrots, milk, macaroni, rice, beans and apples this time. 
I'm already looking forward to going back again.  I had fun and got some great food for cheep.
The cannery is open to everyone.  You do not have to be Mormon.  You just need to call and set up an appointment. 

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