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Information on LDS Church Cannery/Home Storage Center

Posted by on Feb. 25, 2009 at 4:43 PM
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Here is some general information for both LDS and non-LDS people who wish to use the Home Storage Center (or cannery as we often call it). 

Here are some helpful links:

Home Storage Center Locations

Home Storage Center Order Form

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Both members and non-members are able to go to the cannery.  In the event of a crisis, emergency, or if there's an extremely high volume of people using the cannery, then it may be closed to non-LDS people.  There has been a big push lately for a lot of LDS members to get their food storage together, so the canneries are experiencing a higher than normal volume of people wanting to utilize the services.  Call your local one and see if they are able to accomodate you at this time.  If not, then call back in a couple months and see if things have changed.  By then, they may not be as cram packed as they have been.   If you are having trouble getting an appointment or they request that you go with a member, send me a PM and I will try to arrange someone in your area to meet you and go with you. 

2.  Call your local cannery for an appointment.  (see location above)

3.  Children under 16 are not allowed in the cannery, as it is a safety issue.

4.  Order forms are available both online and at the cannery.

5.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes - t-shirt and jeans are recommended and modesty is encouraged. 

6.  Check with your local home storage center for payment types they accept.  At ours, they accept cash and check, but if you are not a member of the church, they request payment in cash only.  Each one may vary on this policy.

7.  If you see cans on a metal shelving rack that are full, sealed, and labeled, chances are they can be taken by anyone who needs them.   It can often help you if you only want to do 1-2 of an item instead of many. 

8.  When you enter, you will be asked to sign in.  If you are not a member, ask what you would write in the blanks for "ward and stake."  If you leave your phone number, you will not be called or anything.  It's just to make sure that payment goes through, or if by chance you forget something. 

9.  A word of prayer may be offered at the beginning and close of each canning session or just the day.  It's a basic prayer for safety and productivity. 

10.  Hairnets and aprons are available there, and must be warn (an apron is optional).  Wash your hands and put on the gloves, also provided.

11.  People there can show you how to properly can the items and how to operate the dry pack canner.  There are certain tips and tricks when canning - like when you can oats, you need to press them down in order to get the correct amount of oats per can. 

12.  Once you are finished with your cans, you will take them to the canner, place an oxygen absorber in the can, and put a lid on.  Then you will seal the can.  The only cans that do not get oxygen absorbers in them are sugar.  MAKE SURE TO PUT THE LABELS ON THE CANS BEFORE YOU SEAL THEM!!!!  lables go on the side of the can.

13.  For every 6 cans you get 1 box and 2 plastic lids - included in price of cans.  On the outside of the box, write your last name and what is in the box.  You do not have to have 6 of a single item to get a box - just 6 cans of whatever.  You can mix and match.  Just write what the contents are on the outside of the box.

14.  When you're finished with your order, someone who works there will check you out by going over your order form versus what you have.  Once they've checked you out, you will pay and get a receipt.  They usually have people that will be able to help you load your car.  Many people volunteer to work there, so there are usually some burly guys around to help out.  :o)

If you have any questions about the cannery, please feel free to ask.  It's a lot of fun and the prices are really good.  Hope this helps.

(and shame on me, I went yesterday and forgot my camera so I couldn't take pictures!  Grrrr...)

by on Feb. 25, 2009 at 4:43 PM
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Melodee0119
by Group Admin on Feb. 26, 2009 at 10:33 PM

I love the cannery!!! I have seen kids younger than 16 not toddlers but older kids who are helping their parents like 12 yr old so it may just depend on the location and who is working that may be one to call your local cannery on and ask about if you have a older child who is willing to help.

tisacutie
by New Member on Feb. 27, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Yea I love the cannery too. I know at the wet pack they kids can't be under 16, however here at our dry pack I have taken my little boy in with me to help and he is only 18 months. They really encourage you to bring your whole family and make a time of it here in co. So it might differ by each one.

Quoting Melodee0119:

I love the cannery!!! I have seen kids younger than 16 not toddlers but older kids who are helping their parents like 12 yr old so it may just depend on the location and who is working that may be one to call your local cannery on and ask about if you have a older child who is willing to help.


Scarlett77
by Member on Feb. 27, 2009 at 9:17 PM

I just wanted to add that I bought 25 lb bags of beans and oatmeal and little mylar bags (aka pouches) there. I came home and sealed them up myself in the mylar bags.  It's kind of odd that it's cheaper to buy the large amounts and bags/absorbers from the cannery and do it at home than do it there.

-Amy

slw123
by Member on Feb. 28, 2009 at 7:48 PM

What are the days and hours the cannery is usually open?   I'm working up the nerve to call and ask if I can go, I want to be prepared with days and times that will work for me.

kimmykim
by Group Owner on Feb. 28, 2009 at 8:28 PM

 They are different from each location, so it would be best if you just give them a call and ask a few questions.  They'll be nice to you.  :)

~Kim

ReesesPieces
by Head Admin on Mar. 2, 2009 at 10:44 AM


Quoting slw123:

What are the days and hours the cannery is usually open?   I'm working up the nerve to call and ask if I can go, I want to be prepared with days and times that will work for me.

Ours is Tuesday - Saturday from 9 a.m. to I think 6 p.m.  Not 100% sure of the closing time.  But definitely call and just see what their hours are.  You'll probably need an apointment anyway, so you can just ask their hours at that point.

Holly429523
by Member on Mar. 28, 2009 at 11:31 PM

IVE NEVER HEARD OF THIS!?!?!

 

Im going to see if they have one here!!!

Holly429523
by Member on Mar. 29, 2009 at 12:11 AM

not near me...darn...

Quoting Holly429523:

IVE NEVER HEARD OF THIS!?!?!

 

Im going to see if they have one here!!!


RustysMom
by on Mar. 29, 2009 at 9:22 PM

what is near??

Call your stake food specialist and see if they have a canner to take home and check out.

Most areas have one to share... do not give up...keep looking for inexpensive ways to store food safely...  it's out there in your area somewhere... C

Quoting Holly429523:

not near me...darn...

Quoting Holly429523:

IVE NEVER HEARD OF THIS!?!?!

 

Im going to see if they have one here!!!

 


Grandma of 10skateboarding

Spring4398
by Member on Jun. 29, 2009 at 12:48 PM

I just called our local LDS cannery and was told that because I was not a member they could not help me.  The man went on to say that their (LDS) handbook says "on occassion" a member may bring a non-member but that I have to realize, this means "occassion" and not in any way something I will be getting my main food storage from.  

My best friend has been a lifelong member of the LDS church.  She lives in another state now so I cannot get her to help me with this.  I do have to say though, that spreading news about how your church will help people just to have that same church turn around and say this is a members only benefit doesn't help the cause for Christ one bit.      

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