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NOTE: This could possibly be the last time we are able to can dried goods at the LDS based on my last conversation with them. It's seems the rumors from a fellow prepper group in the US are true. We'll have more information in the coming weeks.
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:
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.
This event will be hosted by, Che (http://www.meetup.com/Ontario-Prepper-Survival-Network/members/66227002/), Organizer of The Ontario Prepper Survival Network (http://www.meetup.com/Ontario-Prepper-Survival-Network/).