For months we have wanted to go to the LDS Cannery in Portland. They are open to non-members on Tuesday and Thursday every week. I have been furloughed one week per month since last June, so I am able to go to the cannery during my "off" week. Tim, however, had to schedule a day off work to go with me. Yesterday was the big day.
I printed off the order form and we filled it out before we went. We thought we knew what to expect since we watched the You-Tube video on using the equipment. But when we went inside they took our order form and we could see the canning room was full of people. We thought we would just have to wait our turn. Then a man asked Tim to help box orders around the other side of the room. He said sure, and off he went. Another man asked me if I would wash and sterilize the big tubs they use in the canning room. I agreed and he showed me where the big sink was.
Every time I finished a load of tubs they brought me another one. Finally I asked the man how much longer he thought it would be before we got to go in the canning room. He smiled and began explaining how things work there. He told me that all of the orders had been sent into the canning room and the folks in there were canning everyone's orders. He said that all the people that have orders are either inside the room canning, or outside filling orders and helping out in other ways.
That made total sense when I thought about it. It was much easier for them to can all of the orders for one product (like dry milk) at one time, then move on to the next item.
All in all we had a very good time. It was a rewarding experience to be able to give help where needed, especially since others were doing the canning of our order for us. I am looking forward to going back. I don't know when that will be because it is not easy for Tim to get a Tuesday or Thursday off work.
So, our home storage pantry is looking much better these days! We still have a long ways to go, but I am feeling much better now that the shelves are filling up.
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