We are so lucky that we live less than twenty miles from an LDS cannery. There are only three in our state (Texas). Unfortunately, in some states there are none. You can go here to find out if there is a cannery near you. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) members are taught to be self-reliant by their leaders as part of their faith. Their cannery exists as a kind of church welfare to help members and non-members become self-sufficient. The LDS cannery is not a grocery store but you can purchase food storage items such as, wheat, rice and oats and also oxygen absorbers and #10 cans. Here is an order form.
When you are looking for a cannery you will often see the words “welfare location.” In many circumstances these locations offer assistance to church members who cannot afford to feed themselves. However, they also focus on food storage to help everyone become self-reliant. I have heard that at some locations non-members of the church must be accompanied by members, but in most locations I understand that this is not the case. If you plan to visit a cannery you should call ahead to inquire about this. Also, they keep limited hours so that would be something to ask about as well
Outside the cannery.
So you might be asking yourself what’s the big deal? Why would I go through all that trouble for a few oxygen absorbers and a bag of wheat? Well, as their name suggests, they are a cannery. The cannery located near me is a dry cannery, meaning they will package up your dry goods in #10 cans. As you may know #10 cans are arguably the best way to store food for long term storage. They are small enough to be manageable, they are air tight (with an oxygen absorber), they are bug and rodent proof, they are generally weather proof, and they are stackable. Yes, there are other ”just as good ways” but if you can get the best way with little to no cost to you, why wouldn't you do that? The only catch is that you have to do the work. If you show up for a canning session you have to help do the canning, lifting, sealing and stacking; of course to a prepper it’s kind of like a day at an amusement park. A very fun day! They also have a industrial vacuum sealer and a few other cool gadgets. If you don’t go for the canning session then you can go and just purchase the bulk food items. The prices are beyond reasonable!
Inside the LDS warehouse.
The canner with a can in it.
The nice guy showing us how to work the canner.
The vacuum sealer.
On our first visit we bought a bag of oats and bag of wheat. They also sell flour if you don’t have a grain mill. The people were wonderful and took time to show me and my boys the equipment. I can’t wait to go back.
Our oats and wheat.
Note: If you are new to preparedness or just need a good reference you can download the LDS preparedness manual here, which oddly enough is not an official church publication. It was, however, written by LDS members for LDS members. The LDS preparedness manual reportedly borrows heavily from Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook, so if you run across this book at a garage sale or thrift store you’ll know what you've got, and it's always nice to have a nicely bound hard copy.
These are the grain silo outside the warehouse. The Saints are prepared!