Emergency Preparedness — 21 January 2013

This week I went to the Home Storage Center and did some canning for my year supply storage project.  As some may not be aware of what a Home Storage Center is, I thought I would write a short post explaining a little bit about it.

Home Storage Center’s are owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (I’m a member of the church).  The Home Storage Center that I went to is located just a few minutes away from my home, but there are many of these Centers in the United States and Canada.  A location map to find a Home Storage Center near you can be found on the Church’s website here.

The centers are open for both members and non-members of the church.  If you are interested in going to a Home Storage Center, you’ll need to contact the Center and get their hours of operation.

Here is the basic procedure that happens when I’ve gone to the Home Storage Center (AKA “Cannery”).

  • I have always placed an order in advance.  This lets the workers know what items need to be ready when you come.  A list of items that are available and their costs can be found here.
  • I’ve always gone with a group to the cannery.  This helps the process go faster.  I’m not sure if you can go in by yourself or not.  If you only want a few items, they may have some already canned items you can buy.  The worker at the cannery are actually unpaid volunteers.  They will help show you how to do the canning, but generally aren’t there to do it for you.
  • I’ve only canned items in the #10 cans.  Pouches are available, but I’ve never done this.  You would need to call your local Home Storage Center to get details.
  • At the cannery, everything is washed down and ready to use when you arrive.  You wash your hands, put on an apron and hair net, and your ready to go.
  • The #10 cans are labeled with a label showing the date, what is inside, and instructions on how to prepare the food.
  • The can is then filled with the food (oats or, rice or, sugar or, spaghetti noodles or, other).
  • An oxygen absorber is put in the food.  Except for sugar (this apparently makes the sugar hard as a rock).
  • The lids are sealed by machine to the can.
  • The cans are boxed up.
  • When the canning is finished, the area is cleaned up for the next person.

The whole process takes about a minute for each can.

The cannery also has bulk food in bags that you can purchase and take home (without having to do any canning).

Refried_Beans

My favorite discovery at the cannery is “dehydrated refried beans”.  I didn’t even know these existed, but they are great.  You add some hot water, and you suddenly have what my family affectionately calls “church beans”.  Delicious!

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(2) Readers Comments

  1. Beans! of course.

  2. How ingenious.

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