Yes! We're Canning Again at the LDS!

It seems we can't get enough canning. In this instance, we're placing dried goods into (what is known as) number 10 cans - not pressure canning. There seems to have been some confusion about what I meant by 'canning'. A pressure canning demo/meet will be conducted at the end of the summer in preparations for the fall harvest.

Some rumors from fellow members here have surfaced that the LDS may be closing it's doors to the public. This is not happening here in Canada (yet) although this was confirmed as being the case with another prepper organization based out of the eastern part of the USA.

To ensure food quality compliance as per the LDS guidelines the following will be required:

Make sure not to wear sandals.

Be prepared wear hair nets, gloves, beard nets and aprons.

If you're buying bulk items only please see me (Che) when you arrive.

If you're only getting a few canned items please see me (Che) when you arrive.

If either of the two above details apply to you we can make arrangements get you in and out there quickly. Otherwise, depending on how many orders we have expect to stay there atleast a couple of hours. This will be a fun team-work event as long as everyone is able to do their part.

The LDS, being a religious organization, conducts a prayer prior to the canning process. You are not required to participate or embrace this aspect of the event as I respect your beliefs. Simply standing aside politely sill suffice.

Whether you're into survivalism, prepping or self-reliance - food is a critical area of knowledge that you must have.

This is going to be a fun event! I'm teaming up with Coleen from the Toronto Survivalism Group to put this event together for both TSG and OPSN members. Due to the high demand from TSG we'll be limiting this to only 15 OPSN members so if you RSVP please make sure that you really want to attend this (and actually do).

This event is going to be a day of canning goods for your long-term food storage. The LDS cannery has some of the best prices (in most cases the best price) on long shelf life foods and they're open to the public by appointment only. I've scheduled this date for TSG members. Everyone can purchase whatever food items they want. We will be placing an oxygen absorber within No. 10 cans and canning the goods on site.

This is a great opportunity to buy long shelf-life food items that are properly sealed (by you) for very cheap prices. If you're looking spend $10 or $100 on food at this event it's your call. All the money goes to the LDS. Come out and experience the processes involved even if you buy just one can of black beans for $4.55. Everyone will have the opportunity to see the product before committing to anything.

For a look at the food items available and pricing check out this .pdf file:

http://files.meetup.com/5585722/Home%20Storage%20Center%20Order%20Form%20-%20Nov%202012%20-%20Canada%20%28English%29.pdf

Note that the No. 10 column is what we'll be doing, however, everyone is welcome to buy in bulk as well. I advise that everyone print out the above form and have it filled out and ready. They only accept cash and there is no tax.

Some more details about Canning & the Event:

1) Canning food is economical. You'll save money here compared to anywhere else in southern Ontario.

2) Canning food is healthy. Because you're the one canning you'll know exactly what you're putting in the No. 10 can.

3) Canning in No. 10 cans are convenient. Compared to bulk mylar bags and pails, No. 10 cans are easy to stack and move around. They're also durable.

4) Using No. 10 cans has benefits over other long-term storage methods. They're sealed to prevent air from penetration. They're in durable, rodent-proof containers.

5) Canning is specifically for the long-term. Compared to other sources and bulk sources of food - you don't have to do anything else when you leave this event. The food you package will be ready to set aside for long-term storage.

6) We have access to a canning machine!

7) Prices include a No. 10 can and oxygen absorber.

There will be a waiting list as I appreciate matters come up a couple days ahead of time. Cancelling (by changing your RSVP to "No") is required to open up your spot to someone waiting.



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  • Colleen

    Che mentioned a great place to buy bulk grains. This is it.
    GRAIN PROCESS ENTERPRISES LTD
    105 Commander Blvd, Scarborough, Ontario M1S 3M7
    Here’s the product/price list:
    http://wildernessreturn.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/grain-process-product-list-may-2011.pdf

    August 12, 2013

    • Colleen

      Sorry, this is just a product list. Please call or email for current prices. (416)[masked] [masked]

      August 12, 2013

  • S. JD W.

    Time well spent! I really enjoyed the canning and found it very interesting. I will certainly attend the next canning event!!!

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • S. JD W.

    Che, I am going to be about a half hour late. I pinched a nerve in my lower back but I seem to have worked it out for the most part. Leaving shortly. See you around 930.
    Sel

    August 10, 2013

    • Che

      No worries...

      August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I show up two hours late? I just wanted to do a single can.

    August 9, 2013

    • Che

      I'm sure we can arrange for a can of potato flakes.

      August 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Che, but actually never mind, I'm not making it tomorrow after all.

      August 10, 2013

  • Monika

    I am now certain there is a conspiracy underway to keep me from Canning days. This is my third no show, and this time it is food poisoning. Sorry for the last minute cancellation, but I really thought thruout today that I might be ok by tomorrow. Not going to happen. Have fun y'all.

    August 9, 2013

    • Colleen

      Sorry to hear that :( If you want to email me a list of what you want, I'd be happy to get it for you?

      August 9, 2013

    • Che

      Sorry to hear that Monika. Nice of you to offer Colleen..!

      August 9, 2013

  • June

    sorry - My car just broke down :( I was really looking forward to this.

    August 8, 2013

    • Che

      No worries. Next time.

      August 9, 2013

  • June

    Quick question - can I bring someone with me - they would not be purchasing. Would be my husband or daughter. Wanted to double check first.

    August 6, 2013

    • Che

      June, we're pretty much maxed out for this event. Please contact me directly and we'll follow-up via email.

      August 6, 2013

  • Keith M.

    As this meetup filled up the second I received the notice I am wondering if someone could put through an order for me: 3 boxes (18 #10 cans) I know exactly what I want and can prepay and pick it up at your convenience.

    July 20, 2013

    • Che

      Keith, drop me a line directly. We'll work something out.

      July 24, 2013

  • Mark

    I'd like to go canning again and hopefully bring my daughter along. How do I get on the waiting list?

    July 13, 2013

    • Mark

      The RSVP option isn't available to me.

      July 13, 2013

    • Che

      I've edited the details so that a waiting list is now available. You should be able to RSVP now. If you can't, please contact me directly.

      July 24, 2013

  • O`rihus

    It says no spots left but Id love to come and learn how to can using this method, I live/work on a small organic farm and could possibly donate a bunch of food.

    June 20, 2013

    • Che

      I see you found on a spot on TSG as this is a joint event so that's great! Also, this event isn't canning in the pressure canning sense. We're simply placing dried goods in tin cans and sealing them with an oxygen absorber. I'll be doing a live demonstration from beginning to end with pressure canning equipment in the fall.

      1 · June 20, 2013

    • O`rihus

      yeah i know all about pressure "canning", appreciate the follow through though. thanks a bunch, see you there

      June 26, 2013

  • Murray (.

    Looking forward to that..have a complete set for canning and no idea where to start...have cookbooks but no knowledge..never done it..want to learn..Thank You.. Murray

    June 19, 2013

    • Che

      Hi Murr, this event isn't canning in the pressure canning sense. We're simply placing dried goods in tin cans and sealing them with an oxygen absorber. I'll be doing a live demonstration from beginning to end with pressure canning equipment in the fall.

      June 20, 2013

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