If there is one place you have to go to learn about and support your food storage for your family – it is the LDS Cannery.  I just got back from the Houston Cannery and cannot wait to tell you about it.  I am not a Mormon, let me preference by saying that.  I know folks can be too nervous when entering into a place of worship of another kind than they are use to…This was NOT like that.

First, the church or place of worship is next door to the “Home Food Storage Center” or AKA LDS Cannery.  It even has a different driveway. I walked in with Bailey in her carrier, of course.  So go!

I said hello and was greeted promptly and kindly at the front door.  I told them I had never been there and asked for the procedures…it was set up like Costco in a way – pallets on the floor with the large 8.5” x 10” price tag affixed to a case near eye level.

A man and a woman were there working.  They may have been volunteers, I’m not sure.  If not, then they just started working because assistance was needed to operate the cash register.  They were very nice and even loaded my cart (AND MY CAR!) after I marked on their order form the items I intended on purchasing.  The gentleman even followed me around while I said how many cases of which items and he loaded the cart for me.  Talk about VIP!

They even had a few items on sale!  Carrots were a dollar off per can (#10 size cans) and refried beans were also on sale!

Now…what on earth could I have purchased?  Well, let’s see…

1 case of apple slices
2 cases of refried beans (Hey, they were on sale!)
2 cases of Great Northern beans
2 cases of carrots
1 pouch of granola (I wanted to try it for the price!  2 pounds for $7.25!  That’s crazy cheap)
1 case of macaroni pasta
1 case of potato flakes
1 case of non-fat dry milk
1 case of potato pearls
      (These are the instant potatoes with butter and goodness already mixed in…short shelf life)
1 case of onions
1 case of spaghetti bites
1 case of hard red wheat
1 case of hard white wheat
1 case of quick oats
1 pouch (2 pounds) of granola

The haul of goodies! 

Keep in mind that 1 case is equal to 6 cans that are sized as a #10 cans, not regular pantry size cans. The only exception is the potato pearls which are kept in 12 smaller pouches within a box and I think the nonfat dry milk.

Why hard wheat?  I asked the same question.  It’s because when you grind it, it becomes flour.  Flour (already ground) does not have a long shelf life…WHEAT however, does.  My husband has this story that he read an article that wheat and honey were found in tombs of the Pharaohs and they were still edible.  I have not read this article.  If you have, send it to me!  I’m not recommending you eat wheat that’s thousands of years old…just because it’s edible, doesn’t mean it’s good for you.  You may “feel full” but it may also be shortly lived.

Nutrition diminishes in food…That’s why I always watch for a shelf life.  I won’t eat home canned goods either more than two years old.  I just won’t.  I don’t believe you are meant to can your own goods and eat it 20 years later.  It has zero nutritional value and I don’t see how eating something that old can be good for your body.  {Don’t laugh…I know someone who expects to eat their 20 year old canned goods should the zombie apocalypse come to be true…well, okay let’s laugh together!}  They still to this day argue with me that it’s fine and they eat off their canned goods.  Well, every time they use a can of this or that from their stash and I eat it…I get sick.  (They don’t say when they use a canned item from their stash now before we eat.) My stomach says no way.  I don’t even have a lot stomach issues…I don’t have any really…unless I eat in that particular kitchen.  Which I don’t.  Ever.  No even water from the fridge.

Back to amazing tips!  

The LDS Cannery is not the only place to purchase food storage.  Thank goodness!  Their list is extremely limited – although, VERY WELL priced!  On their wall near the checkout was a couple of postings.  One of those postings was a list of other places to purchase food storage.  Of course, I took a picture!  Here it is:

Not the best picture, but it’s a great list.

I showed this list to Hubby and I am happy to say that there were new places on this list that he had not heard about.  So later during the week, in between kiddos and life, we plan on sitting down and checking out each website.  We plan on signing up for the deals and cool coupons via email as well, if it seems their website may benefit our family.  If they have items that don’t seem to work for us or us in reality – then we won’t.  You may want to do the same.  Never hurts to get an email with an amazing deal!  I’m all about saving money!

Another great tip the LDS Cannery had information on was a guideline posted of what you should have (or an idea, thereof) of what to have on hand per person.  It posted next to the list of other websites for food storage…so of course, I took a picture!

This is a great list to use as a guideline to build off of, however, remember IT IS YOUR FOOD STORAGE!  Don’t store it if you won’t eat it!  It’s not going to save you any money if you won’t eat it.

Now…the final tip is to know what you are going to do with your food storage.  How do you prepare it for your family in a way they will eat it?  If you don’t know this, then you are possibly just wasting money.  Don’t be scared.  AT ALL.

Something I have found with food storage is that other people will help you and provide ideas and recipes for you to use with your home food storage.

There are a ton of bloggers who already have recipes posted and great tips.  The hard part is finding them.  That’s where I come in. One of the goals of this blog is to find recipes and link them here.  When I feel that I have found an awesome recipe, I’ll link it to my blog (so follow the blog!)…and I’ll try it and give you an honest opinion (no paid sponsorships or affiliations). This way you will know if you should keep it and try it yourself or if you should mark it as a bad recipe and save yourself the time and trouble.

This is something that I enjoy doing and it also helps me to build my own personal food storage cookbook with other details and how tos.  I’m starting to print files and recipes out to keep in a binder inside my pantry with my food storage.  You may want to do the same thing.

I’m not trying to take readers away from other bloggers!  I’m trying to help you find them!  (If you are a blogger who posts info and recipes using food storage – contact me to be added.) one of the issues I had when first starting out was finding someone who already learned things the hard way or who had a collection of great recipes.  Ever try to search blogger for other bloggers?  I hate clicking the next or back button because it changes and you don’t get the same blogs. I understand why it is set up that way – but if you want to save the link, do it quickly!  Ever try to search google for other bloggers?  It’s still a pain in the butt. This blog will help you find them when you want them and will leave you not having a million websites “favorited” or “bookmarked” on your computer.  That’s where I was going before I thought of making my own blog.  I’m not here to make money and hope you click on an ad (That’s just an added bonus.)  Oh, I digress…

This blog started out as a way for keeping myself and my family organized in some of the most important ways – food, spiritually, and quality family time.  I have grown so much that I feel the need to share what I have learned with so many others who may be starting out brand new.  I learned most of them the hard way.  I’d prefer to save you from that trouble.

I will be creating a list of fellow food storage bloggers and will be posting it soon!  If you are interested in recipes to use immediately, checkout the sidelines of the blog in my favorite website listings.  There are several websites/blogs that I have in the list that currently have food storage recipes.  Some of I have tried…some I have not.  Let them know by posting a comment or sending them a message that you found their site through My Charmed Cabin Life!  Share the love…

If you are a food storage blogger or know of a great food storage blogger, post the website below in the comments and let’s help each other build a list of resources. 

And here in Texas…

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Here are two sources you can click for additional information on Cinco de Mayo:  Cinco_de_Mayo and History Channel Cinco de Mayo Info

Here’s the true history of Cinco de Mayo…It’s not Mexico’s Independence Day as many think…It celebrates Mexico’s victory in Pueblo against French forces in 1862.  I’m not a fan of wikipedia…but I know many people like to use it as a resource, but here’s two sources to help confirm it is NOT about Mexico’s Independence. 

Enjoy Everybody!


  1. Tonya Baccus on May 5, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    I love these lists we can every thing in summer to get through winter. But gardens have not produced in the last few years like they use to. Not sure why.

  2. Sarah on May 6, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Lists help me as well. I probably carry several at one time for different things. LOL. Our garden has not produced like we wanted or expected this year either. The weather has been pretty weird this year. Maybe that's why.

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