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My #1 Food Storage Secret

My #1 Food Storage Secret

My #1 Food Storage Secret

All of the guns and ammo in the world won’t do you much good if you starve to death. Although, I realize that if the “stuff” ever hits the fan there are going to be a few knuckleheads who will say, “I’ll use my guns to commandeer food.” But I think most people are good, decent human beings and won’t resort to criminal activity.

So if you’re like me and have plenty of guns and ammo in your house (don’t tell my wife I admitted that) I want to share with you a simple way to have plenty of food storage too.

You see, I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon.) And whatever people think about my religion, you have to admit we have our act together when it comes to food storage. Growing up, my family always had a year’s supply of food and my wife and I currently have a year’s supply too.

The big myth about having a year’s supply of food storage is that the only purpose is for an end of the world scenario. However, I know plenty of people who’ve gone through tough economic times and ended up living off their year’s supply until they were able to find jobs.

So let me get to the secret of building up your food storage:

Many people are unaware that the Mormon Church has canneries all around the country. You can go to these canneries and get your food storage for an incredibly low price. And the best part is, anyone can go. It doesn’t matter if you’re Mormon or not.

Here’s how it works. First, you need to find out if there is a cannery close to your house. Here’s a link to all of the canneries in the U.S.

Once you find a cannery you need to give them a call to find out their hours. The cannery I go to is open on Wednesday and Thursday. Now, here’s the catch to being able to get food at such a great price. In order to purchase from the cannery, you have to volunteer one hour of time at the cannery.

For example…

Just last Thursday I went to the cannery and worked from 5-6. After I had done my hour I purchased 18 cans of wheat and 18 cans of flour. You’re only allowed to buy a total of 36 cans per hour you work at my local cannery to make sure there’s enough for everyone to purchase. If you want more, you simply have to work another hour.

Also, the work is very easy. Remember the intro to Laverne and Shirley? That’s what it’s like. When I was there I was on an assembly line filling cans with pasta and rice. It’s easy work and to be able to get 36 cans (the # 10 size) at less than $4 a can, when other places sell the same food for two to three times as much, I’ll be more than happy to volunteer one hour for a good cause.

So even if you’re not Mormon, don’t let that scare you away. The canneries are a great resource for everyone and probably one of the cheapest and easiest ways to build up a year’s supply of food.

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  • 38Super

    That’s great to know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1486181184 John Hoog

    Definitely going to give it a try.

  • Leadsender

    I grow a garden in the back yard every year and also do a little canning. It just makes since living in a northern climate not knowing what type of winter you may have. It also makes since after watching how people act after we had a power black a few years back that last several days. I think that it is great that they allow you work and then purchase below cost. The only bad part is if and when the “stuff” hits the fan the cannery will be one of the first things over run. Having your stores close by is one thing that the preppers have done right.

    • oldcoyote

      We are ready if we can keep the liberals out that believe they are owed what we have worked for and saved. Also beside the home canned goods are dried goods that will keep forever. Salt, pepper, sugar, spices, macoroni and spagetti, white and whole wheat flour. Our own well with hand pump and fifteen gallons of Kerosene with the lamps to burn it. No we are not hoarders with too much. Just enough to see us through some tough times. Only about a hundred seventy dollars invested and it’s all in a large side hill root cellar that would double as a bomb shelter if needed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1664270730 Doug Kuiphoff

    Wow. Do you actually watch the news to see how quickly people resort to criminal activity when food is in short supply? It doesn’t take long at all – hours or at most days. I remember something that happened back in the 70’s during the financial crunch. My mom was doing a lot of canning. We had several month’s worth of food stored up. One of my dad’s coworkers found out about it, and told my dad that if he ever showed up at our front door looking for food that my dad had better not get in his way. This was his COWORKER, not a stranger off the streets. My dad told him that if he came to the door asking for food, he would be welcome to whatever we could give him, but if he was going to try to take it by force, he would never have to worry about needing food again. When a bona fide emergency hits, I put little stock in the good intentions of other people.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-D-Tipton/100003696127931 William D Tipton

      Anyone shows up at my door to take anything by force is leaving in a bag.
      Amazing that someone would be stupid enough to admit that they would try it….

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  • http://www.facebook.com/GregInNorthwest Greg Johnson

    Excellent resource. I’d forgotten that the Mormons had these pantries but have had many friends who stocked their supplies in this manner.

  • Tim

    Any idea how long the canned products last on the shelf?

    • ElroyMcElroy

      The flour and rice we get from the canneries are listed as 5+ years on the shelf.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1664270730 Doug Kuiphoff

    Of course, if you have neither the time nor the inclination to prepare your own emergency stores, they can be purchased from both Sam’s Club or Costco. Go to either web site and search on “emergency supplies.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001696691961 Keith Cromm

    Math & Common Sense ~

    Costco 40lb Whole Wheat Flour $52.99 = $1.49975/lb;

    18 cans of flour @ 6lbs (#10 size) for $4 = $1.50/lb

    However, you open 1 bucket of 40lbs versus 1 can of 6 lbs (#10 size can)
    If the 1 bucket of 40lbs gets contaminated somehow, you’re S.O.L (Skip On Lunch [and breakfast and dinner for the next few months).
    If 1 can of 6 lbs gets contaminated, open a new can.

    While the math shows the value savings of $0.000275/lb for a 40lb bucket,

    Common sense dictates 7 individual 6lb cans (42lbs of flour).

    ’nuff said.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chuck.white.52 Chuck White

      So much for common sense the Costco flour will be full of bugs in six months and the cans will last for years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001696691961 Keith Cromm

    Also, each cannery has their own “shifts”.
    The one near where I live requires a 4-hour stint. So, does only church members get the 1-hour gig? No worries for me, though.
    So, yeah, call the cannery near you to get more info.
    Funny thing, I have this week off vacation and no “vacation” activity other than a day or 2 of hunting and mostly idle time.
    The cannery near me is doing canning today and tomorrow, then next February. Good think I called today.
    I’m headed there today; not gonna pass on a prime deal. Thx, Jason, for both giving me something do to on my vacation and informing me on becoming better prepared should an “unplanned long-term vacation” occur!

  • Doo

    Called the local cannery, they said they did not “do this.” Any suggestions?