Thursday, April 9, 2009
Welcome to the LDS Church Cannery in Tucker, GA. I'll take you on a short tour of the facilities.
These are the storage shelves with some of the food available for members to can in the canning area.
Here is the other side of this room. The cannery has wheat, rice, oats, beans (several types), sugar, white flour, macaroni, spaghetti, flavored drink mix, hot cocoa, dry milk and several other items available to can.
Using Cristina as our model canner, I will show how the canning process works. (Thanks Cristina!) First, you take the bag or box of the food item to the canning area.
Fill empty #10 cans with the food. (We are doing wheat here.)
Then, using this machine here, you place a lid on the can and seal it up with an oxygen absorber inside. This will help to keep the food fresh for years and years.
After the entire canning process is done, you pay for the product, cans, lids and oxygen absorbers with cash or check (no credit cards). And then, of course, clean up!
Ward groups can come to the cannery and can large amounts together. It goes quickly and lots of work gets done in a short amount of time. You buy what you want/need and leave the rest on these shelves for others to buy. Years ago, these shelves would be full of cans ready for others to buy, but in the last year or so they have remained almost bare because the cannery gets used to the max! This is a great thing!
In order to visit the cannery you need to make an appointment. You can arrange a visit by calling this number: 770-908-5782.
The cannery is open for groups on Mondays, Wednesday, Friday evenings, and Saturdays. The cannery is booked through the end of the year but you can always join a group if the group is small. Mondays were recently added so there may be some openings on that day.
I hope you go! It's a great experience. The missionaries there are great to work with and so knowledgeable!
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