Hi Folks, I'm brand new here, just registered. I hope it isn't too early for me to jump right in with this type of post, but here goes... A good portion of my long-term storage is in place. I buy wheat, rice, beans, etc. from a local LDS home storage center and for things I can't get there, I have several can sealers that seal cans up to #10. I bought empty cans from the cannery and sealed up a variety of legumes and pasta that we enjoy but aren't sold by LDS. I'd like to gauge interest in a group buy of dehydrated potato dices, slices and shreds (hash browns). My personal interest isn't to profit at all, but isn't completely unselfish: I'd like to save some money by spreading the cost of shipping among a few people, preferably from TX, OK, AR or LA. A quick glance at a couple of food storage sites shows diced potato prices like these: Emergency Essentials: $8.95 The Ready Store: $17.75 Walton Feed: $8.60 Each of the cans above holds approximately 2.25 pounds of diced potatoes. Diced potatoes are the most dense of the potato cuts. A can of sliced potatoes weighs barely over a pound but is still a $7 purchase. Ouch! Here's the deal. I contacted an Idaho company that produces dehydrated potatoes. They don't have any distributors near me but they are willing to sell to me direct for $1.02* per pound in cases of 25 pounds. The problem is shipping... I only need about $200 worth of potatoes but shipping will be $175! Whether I buy 200 pounds or 500 pounds, shipping is gonig to stay pretty much the same, but will start inching up above 500 pounds. My plan is to buy the taters and then buy cans and O2 absorbers from the LDS cannery and can them myself. I am going to can *my* potatoes. I do not want to can *your* potatoes. You can go to the cannery and get your own cans and borrow a sealer - or seal in 5 gallon buckets - or get some cans and come to my house and seal 'em up. Sealed w/ O2 absorbers they should have a shelf life of at least 20 years. So the bottom line is that including the cost of a can from LDS, we're looking at three bucks a can instead of eight - plus a pro-rata share of the shipping for the bulk potatoes. Anyone interested? This would obviously be best for those within an easy drive of Dallas, otherwise there is even more shipping to be considered. Like I said I'm just trying to gauge interest right now. No order is imminent and we can hammer out the details later. On the same note: I want to do a similar deal with Bob's Red Mill grain products. They have very reasonably priced 25# bags of product but with the same shipping hurdle. Thanks!! *When I last talked to them. This could very well have changed but I'd be surprised if it has changed too much.